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On the Down the Garden Path Radio Show and Podcast, landscape designers Joanne Shaw and Matthew Dressing discuss down-to-earth tips and advice for your plants, gardens, and landscapes.

Joanne and Matthew believe it's important and possible to have great gardens that are low maintenance.

Each week, they educate their listeners on how to seasonally manage their gardens and landscapes. Joanne and Matt learn right along with their listeners, from each other, from their research, and from the many guests who join them on their show. 

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Mar 28, 2022

In this episode of Down the Garden Path podcast, landscape designers Joanne Shaw and Matthew Dressing continue March's edible gardening theme with a look into the ways we can make our vegetable gardens more beautiful with ideas on how to incorporate vegetables with our ornamental gardens.

This week, learn how to make your vegetable gardens more beautiful and explore ways to incorporate vegetables with ornamental gardens.

Some of the topics covered:

  • The “traditional rectangular or square vegetable garden” and how not everyone has that space; for those who do, the garden tends to only be attractive at certain times of the year.
      • Make it more attractive by setting it in the lawn or using raised garden bed products for use on a patio or in a smaller space.
  • Pay extra attention to raised beds with soil and water; they can be a great solution for beginners with less space.
  • Learn about some vegetable beds that can be planted in the front yard.
    • Consider interesting shapes like a parterre
    • Or vegetables can be planted in between shrubs and perennials
  • Use structures like obelisks or arbours to make use of vertical space while creating visual design features in the front or back.
  • Fences can also be used by using chains for the plants to grow up or wall pockets to create a green wall on the fence, especially with herbs or lettuce.

Each week on Down The Garden Path, professional landscape designers Joanne Shaw and Matthew Dressing discuss down-to-earth tips and advice for your plants, gardens and landscapes. As the owner of Down2Earth Landscape Design, Joanne Shaw has been designing beautiful gardens for homeowners east of Toronto for over a decade. And Matthew Dressing is a horticulturist and landscape designer. He owns Natural Affinity Garden Design, a landscape design and garden maintenance firm servicing Toronto and the Eastern GTA. Together, Joanne and Matthew do their best to bring you interesting, relevant and helpful topics. Their goal is to help you keep your garden as low maintenance as possible.