Edible gardens nourish the body and the soul. They invite us to look, touch, smell and taste. They encourage us to think about the entire life cycle, from seed to fruit and back to seed again. They teach us about where our food comes from and how delicious and nutritious it can be. Fruit, vegetables and culinary and medicinal herbs can be combined with purely ornamental plants for added visual effect. Small spaces can be maximized with raised beds, small fruiting trees and layered plantings.