What to plant now for a garden full of beautiful blooms, abundant edibles—or both
Raised beds: Densely planted steel beds, each 3 by 6 1/2 ft., produce an amazing amount of food. The harvest, from May to October: eggplant (3 types, 40 lbs.), lemon cucumbers (30 lbs.), peppers (3 types, 7 lbs.), squash (2 types, 70 lbs.), plus 3 cantaloupes and 20 onions.
Espalier: Serving as a fence at the property edge, a 30-ft. steel espalier supports 6 fruit trees: Asian pear, ‘Bearss’ lime, blood orange, cherry, European pear, and ‘Pixie’ mandarin.
Other materials: River rock, decomposed granite, and concrete pavers keep the space tidy and easily accessible for tending.