Lee Valley Tools Gardening Newsletter
Vol. 3, Issue 2
April 2008
 
Ornamental Vegetables
 


Years ago, the only available gardening space I had was the square footage of my tiny balcony. So, I planted vegetables and flowers together in containers. To my delight, all of the plants were happy.

When vegetables and flowers are grown together in the right combination, interesting things can happen. Pollen and nectar from many flower species feed predatory insects, which catch pest larvae and feed them to their young. The roots of some plants entwine and can help each other grow. Some plants like only certain neighbors.

Growing vegetables with flowers and herbs can create a symbiotic relationship between the plants and can add beauty to the garden. The best news is that it isn't hard to do.

There are few vegetables I don't appreciate on my plate, but I would encourage you to grow ones your family likes to eat. The following are some of my favorites. Although the new and surprising colors of some of these vegetables may seem unusual at first, they still taste great!

Paris garden
This Paris garden composed of flowers and ornamental vegetables inspired the author.
 
               
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