Edible gardens are becoming a common feature in new home builds as people look to improve their health by having a fresh supply of home-grown produce from their own backyard and enjoying the relaxation and satisfaction that comes from tending their own food garden.
When landscaping a new property to include an edible garden it’s important to consider various types of herbs, vegetables and fruit trees to ensure you create a garden that produces a bounty of food all year round.
Generation Homes Chief Executive Kevin Atkinson says awareness of the benefits of good nutrition is driving health and wellness trends in New Zealand and this is increasing customer requests for edible gardens when landscaping new homes.
We’re experiencing growing demand for larger homes in some parts of the country and there’s been a big push for functional outdoor living spaces with larger decks, alfresco areas and terraces that flow into a beautifully landscaped garden or backyard area, says Kevin.
“Our customers love the idea of bringing the outdoors in and being able to grow their own fresh fruit, vegetables and flowers is an easy way to create a natural, healthy home.”
Generation Homes is a national top 10 residential building company that offers customers a fixed price and on time delivery guarantee. This means customers receive a fully completed product, with no hidden extras, that includes basic landscaping and garden, the letterbox, fencing and clothes line.
Leading landscapers who advise Generation Homes say raised planter boxes, water features, pergolas and creative garden paving are just some of the ways individual homeowners are turning their backyards into a thriving oasis.
For homeowners wanting to create their own edible garden the good news is now is as good a time as ever to brush off the tools and get started as there are many vegetables you can plant over winter.
According to the Winter Gardening Guide by Tui Garden the cooler months are the perfect time to give the garden some TLC and start planning for the year ahead. Some of Tui’s top winter gardening tips are outlined below.
Winter to do list
Vegetable to do list
For more practical gardening tips and planting advice for vegetables, fruits and flowers, check out Tui Garden’s Winter Gardening Guide.