Have you ever noticed that experienced gardeners don’t always separate their veggies from their herbs and flowers. Why is that? There are a multitude of reasons to plant flowers, herbs and vegetables in the same garden. From bug control to continual growth, here’s why smart gardeners don’t always separate their plants by category.
Planting flowers like marigolds near your vegetables can repel pests naturally. Garlic, onions and hot peppers can keep edible flowers,herbs and veggies from being eaten by small rodents. Some plants are known to trap pests. In other words, they attract the pests destined for your edibles. Natural pest control can be as simple as putting the right plants in the right place.
Flavor tomatoes and more
Growing basil with your tomato plants will give tomatoes a wonderful flavor. Garlic and other strong herbs will do the same. Mixing vegetables creates some interesting taste sensations as well. Try planting radishes and beets next to each other,. Be ready to harvest some delightfully spicy beets that go great in raw salads.
Let’s face it, veggie gardens can be colorful when ready to pick. However, they’re mostly differing shades of green. Planting flowers and flowering herbs in with your veggies can really brighten up your garden. Why not make your garden a visual wonder, as well as a culinary delight? Make your veggie garden as pleasant to sit in and gaze at as your floral garden, by adding a touch of color, here and there.
Bees flock to flowering plants. While they’re visiting your flowers, guess what? Your veggies are right next door. They need to be pollinated too. How convenient you’ve made that, just by planting flowers in the veggie garden. Not only that, you’re helping out the bee population, as long as you don’t eat their honey. They need that for nutrition.
Multiple season growth
When you plant only veggies in the veggie garden, it looks barren at certain times of the year. Increase the full look of the garden by planting varied items. Flowers bloom before fruits and veggies appear. Some bloom long after the harvest. Herbs often last from spring to fall. By planting a mix of vegetables, flowers and herbs, your garden will be picture perfect all season long.
Note: Before planting, check to see which varieties are compatible and which should not be planted together.
Portions of this article were originally published by this author on a now closed Yahoo property.