We’ve all heard the expression, “You are what you eat.”
Nowadays we also want to know more about the sourcing and production processes used to grow the vegetables and fruits that we consume. Are they organically grown? How far did they travel to get to me? One way to know the answers and have control over what you are eating is to grow it yourself. Grow your own and enjoy your garden when you start grillscaping!
An idea I developed on a recent trip to California for the California Spring Trials is something I will call grillscaping. Grillscaping is planting herbs, vegetables and flowers you can use in your meals and drinks right next to and around where your grill is located. But a bit of advice before you begin: start small and grow only the things you love and know you’ll use.
Container growing near your grill
Pollinator-friendly plants around the grill
Everleaf Emerald Towers Basil
Don’t forget food for our pollinator friends too! Planting annual and perennial flowers around your grill and patio will keep the pollinators coming back to ensure veggies like cucumbers and squash mature properly.
Why not plant some herbs such as rosemary, thyme, sage, mint, and whatever else you commonly use that you can pick right off the plant and add straight to the grill to spice up dinner? Or a beverage? Planted in containers around your grill makes it super easy and super fresh! Check out these delicious herb-A-licious combinations on our Combination Page to try. Everleaf Evergreen basil is a new upright basil to try in containers or in-ground.
Repurpose shipping pallets for easy grillscaping
Pallets laid flat for planting
Pallets hung high when space is tight
Raised and Elevated beds are a perfect easy way to grillscape
Plant a Bar
VegTrug Patio Garden
Elevated Cedar Raised Bed
Pick dessert straight from your grillscaping
Buried Treasure strawberry
Buried Treasure™ red strawberry from Proven Winners® not only has fruit but also shows off semi-double red flowers throughout its ever-bearing season. Check out this link for more ideas on adding other Proven Harvest® plants to your grillscape.
Another strawberry to grow, eat, and love is All-America Selections (AAS) Winner Delizz® which is especially suited as a trailing plant in a container. Since Delizz® is day-neutral it blooms and produces berries all season long! It can also be grown from seed.
No matter your pleasure, there are vegetables, herbs, and fruits that you can easily grow and eat right in your own outdoor cooking and living space. You’ll know how they were cultivated from garden to table, and they won’t be traveling far from bed or container to your mouth!