A vegetable garden does not need to be a separate area in the garden just for vegetables. Instead vegetables and fruits can be interplanted with other landscape bushes and ornamental plants. Information about the plant size, shape, texture and color is important to incorporate edibles in the home landscaping.
Here are some tips for including edibles in the home front and backyards:
Where to grow veggies specially if there is no space for a vegetable garden?
When we think of growing vegetables most of us think of growing them in neat rows and in raised plant beds. If there is large backyard space certainly a dedicated vegetable patch can be created. It is still useful to include some flowers and herbs even in the dedicated vegetable patch to create a welcoming environment for beneficial insects and reduce the risk of other plant diseases.
If the yard space is small or there is no good place to put a dedicated vegetable patch then add one or two vegetable plants among the existing ornamental plants.
In El Paso, TX or nearby Las Cruces, NM and other desert southwestern cities most residential neighborhoods have professionally landscaped yards with gravel and bushes and almost no space to grow anything else. If this is the case you can create small plant beds each season and gradually increase edibles in your landscape.
To create a plant bed remove gravel and underlying plastic/weed cover in a small 2ft x 3 ft area, exposing the soil. This area does not need to be rectangular, it can be oval, round or irregular shape depending on the rest of your landscape. Create this bed near existing plants in your landscape but not too close either. Locate the water supply to the existing landscape plant and track it down to the larger 5/8" pipe/hose underneath. Once you have located the hose underneath, the new plant bed could be dug anywhere near the path of this hose. This will allow you to connect a small drip-line or small sprayer to the hose thus providing automatic watering to your new plant bed through the existing sprinkler system.
Edge the plant bed with bricks, stone or other suitable edging items available in home improvement stores. Add a bag of compost and mix with the existing soil. If the soil in your yard is builders sand then it is best to remove a small amount of sand to make space for even more compost. If you do not want to remove the soil then edge the bed with brick or other concrete edging materials to raise the bed by about 4-6 inches allowing you to add more compost. Bricks, concrete and stone pavers will allow the bed to be shaped in any design. If a rectangular bed is desired then even wood can be used for edging.
If you do not want to grow in ground then containers and baskets are your options as well. There are many veggies and herbs that can grow in medium size containers such as small pepper varieties , eggplants, smaller tomato varieties and almost any herb. Larger containers are needed for tomatoes, larger pepper and eggplant varieties, okra, various squashes and melons.