Flowers in the vegetable garden

Edible flowers, cut flowers and flowers to prevent pests

Planting flowers in your vegetable garden provides many additional benefits. Even if your vegetable garden has limited space, including a few flowers is a smart idea. In addition to how quickly they can dress up as a pedestrian vegetable field, companion and interplanting provide benefits for all plants, the most important of which is to attract more bees and pollinators into the vegetable garden. The flowers of many vegetable plants are not bright enough to attract their attention, even if their nectar content is high. Some bright blue, yellow and white flowers will solve this problem.

There are also many studies on which plants are good for repelling pests and attracting beneficial insects. There are many differences on this point and don’t expect some carefully selected plants to end your garden problem. But it’s worth trying; you might gain an advantage. If the flower itself is edible, then you have the best of both worlds.

Even without partner benefits, the vegetable garden is a good place to grow cut flowers. You can cut them while you choose vegetables for dinner. Here are some great options to add a new dimension to your vegetable garden.

grown into a broad mix of plants, this plant in the cottage garden is lovely, but not in the more formal boundary may be somewhat messy. However, this is a herb in the home vegetable garden. The brilliant blue flowers are the beacon of bees and the joy of gardeners. Both the leaves and flowers are edible, with a subtle cool cucumber flavour. Plants grow rapidly and can be sown directly. After that, they tend to grow their own, so you will have ample supply.

Borage ( Borago officinalis ) grown into a broad mix of plants, this plant in the cottage garden is lovely, but not in the more formal boundary may be somewhat messy. However, this is a herb in the home vegetable garden. The brilliant blue flowers are the beacon of bees and the joy of gardeners. Both the leaves and flowers are edible, with a subtle cool cucumber flavour. Plants grow rapidly and can be sown directly. After that, they tend to grow their own, so you will have ample supply.

You will notice that some flowers are pink and blue. This may be caused by light, temperature and other external conditions. But there is a theory that the colour changes as flowers age and lose pollen. Presumably, blue tells pollinators that the flower is no longer worth their effort. Pulmonaria in the same family does the same thing.

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Calendula or marigold ( Calendula officinalis ) is located in the daisy family and has nothing to do with the marigold genus Marigold . Pot marigolds are considered an edible flower, although they may have a predominantly bitter taste. This is their brilliant golden orange, which lights up the dishes. In the garden, marigolds are a mixed blessing. It repels some pests, such as asparagus beetles and tomato horn worms, but it also attracts others, such as aphids. Don’t let it stop you. You can use it as a trap crop and take it from the other side of the plant, such as peas, which are often attacked by aphids.

Few flowers are as easy and blooming as the annual universe ( Cosmos bipinnatus ). For vegetable gardens, choose white or bright orange varieties, such as “Cosmic Orange”. They will attract bees and might even be better, green lacewings. These insects may seem fragile, but they are greedy eaters, absorbing all soft insects, including aphids, scales and thrips. Green lacewings are considered a beneficial insect and in your garden at home to prevent pests from becoming a problem.

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You don’t need to find an excuse to grow lavender ( Lavandula and cultivars) anywhere, but the natural fragrance that we all like very much is a mosquito repellent for several pests in vegetable gardens and gardeners. You may know that deer avoid it, but other insects and animals also avoid it. At the top of the list is the tick mark. Lavender will not ensure that you will not get a bit, but it should reduce the number of ticks in the area. Moths, like those pesky green cabbage moths, find this smell offensive. Even mice will find other places to eat snacks.