Grow a Grilling Garden this Year with Bonnie Edibles

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The ideal grilling garden not only contains a variety of veggies, but pollinator flowers as well. The marigolds in this garden plan, for example, will draw bees, butterflies, and other harvest-helping pollinators to their colorful blooms. Late in the season, consider allowing herbs like parsley and cilantro to flower, too.

To get you started on your own grilling garden, use this illustration as a guide for planting a 4-x-8-foot raised bed or in-ground garden. Choose your favorite variety of each type of plant, and be sure to support each tomato, eggplant, and pepper plant with a cage or stake.

Working with a smaller space? Use fewer plants, and space them according to the guidelines listed on the tag that comes with each one.

Plants needed for a 4 x 8 Grilling Garden:

  • 24 onions
  • 1 bell pepper
  • 1 cherry tomato 
  • 1 summer squash
  • 2 eggplants
  • 1 determinate tomato 
  • 1 parsley
  • 1 hot pepper 
  • 1 rosemary 
  • 1 German thyme 
  • 6-8 marigolds

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