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Edibles

Edibles: A Field Guide

Eat local. No matter where you live, you can grow food. (Parsley on a windowsill qualifies.) 

By now we are deep into the American food revolution, full of the knowledge that when we grow edible plants, our food tastes better, our bodies are healthier, and the planet thanks us for sustaining it in our own small way. No matter if you live in an apartment and grow a pot of herbs in a sunny spot or if you have a sprawling potager with fruits, vegetables, and herbs, any edibles you harvest will feel like a victory. Try it.

Our editors can help. We’ve grown food in apartments, in Brooklyn backyards, in salty air by the sea, in our driveways, and in balcony pots on wheels (so we can chase the sun). For ideas to get started, see our plant guides on strawberries, lettuces, parsley, and chives. For inspiration to overhaul a garden, see Rehab Diary: A Year in the Life of a Garden. And if you’re wondering what to do with your bounty, browse through our hundreds of Garden-to-Table Recipe posts.

Gardening 101: Field Guides for Edibles

Alpine Strawberry
Apple
Artichoke
Arugula
Beets
Black-Eyed Peas
Blueberries
Borage
Broccoli
Brussels Sprout
Cabbage
Calendula
Carrot
Cauliflower
Chamomile
Chicory
Chive
Cilantro
Dill
Fennel
Garlic
Hyssop
Kale
Lemon Verbena
Lettuce
Mache
Mint
Nasturtium
Nettle
Oregano
Pansy
Parsley
Parsnips
Pea
Pear
Persimmon
Pole Bean
Raspberries
Rosemary
Sage
Spinach
Strawberry
Sweet Basil
Tomato
Thyme

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