Create magnificent, fragrant edges and give your vegetable garden a medieval look! October is the perfect month to set up vivid plants, so seize the opportunity to revamp the look of your garden!
Beautiful, entertaining and productive, a garden divided in squares allows you to best organize the area and crops, provided you devote some time and effort to its preparation. As for the formwork material to keep the soil inside the vegetable beds (panels, twigs, logs, slabs...), they provide a finishing touch, but they are not essential. You can actually replace them with edges made of herbs, whose roots will provide support. To this end, don’t form vertical edges for your beds, instead make them sloping and plant your herbs there. On the other hand, as herbs grow fast, make your beds a bit bigger so that you will have enough space on the inside. Instead of the classic 120 x 120 cm, go for at least 160 x 160 cm and create large lanes between each bed (1 m).
Generally speaking, the beds and herb lanes should be spacious, but their dimension depends on the available surface and on the number of beds you can create, without losing sight of the overall aesthetics. As for the choice of plants, to create small, evergreen hedges, use germander (teucrium), hyssop, santolina or hidcote lavender (munstead variety), which you will prune after flowering to keep them compact. For small, low edges, you can also use other herbs: Oregano, thyme or winter savory. Finally, all these herbs require well-drained soil during winter, which is a true guarantee of longevity for your plants. Besides placing your herbs on sloping edges - which favor water drainage - mix some gravel to your soil when planting.
So ready, set... Install and plant!