Planting Vegetables and Flowers in One Garden

If you are wondering if you should plant a garden with Flowers and Vegetables together, our answer is: Just do it, there can be great benefits.
The right flowering plants can make vegetables healthier, more resilient and prettier.
For example, the Calendula, which is a cheerful and edible daisy-like flower interplanted with tomatoes helps to repel whiteflies and other damaging pests. Dahlias repel nematodes, petunias repel tomato worms and aphids, and nasturtiums repel squash bugs among others.
Many flowers also attract beneficial insects, and even birds that help your vegetables! Sunflowers and zinnias both attract hummingbirds, which feast on whiteflies.
Marigolds, for instance, have a scent that confuses common pests like the moth that lays cabbage worm eggs. They may also help repel rabbits and deer a bit , and many marigolds are also edible. Nasturtiums not only feed the good insects, they are quite tasty.
You can also plant a border of rugosa roses. These not only act as a shelter for beneficial insects, but they draw bumble bees to them.
Lavender planted around certain kinds of fruit trees can help reduce or prevent moth damage.
Pollinators are required for vegetables to produce food, and with the rapidly declining bee population it's becoming increasingly vital to interplant flowers to attract and support a variety of pollinators. It just so happens it's also gorgeous, so it is a win win scenario. Many traditionally ornamental plants can also be eaten. Nasturtium, oxalis, and pansy flowers for instance add spice, color, or interest to salads. Society garlic, or orchids flowers can be used as garnish. Rose hips, Juniper berries, bay laurel and lavender infuse flavor to soups, stews, or desserts. You should stop thinking of plant as either or and embrace all plants as intrinsically beautiful. No need to line up veggies in boxes or confie flowers to beds, mix them together. Grow veggies in your front flower beds along side your perennials! Veggie starts are cheap normally only grow for one season, so there is no big commitment or loss. What's the worse that can happen?! Experiment without worry. Gardening is supposed to be fun.
The right flowering plants can make vegetables healthier, more resilient and prettier.
You can also plant a border of rugosa roses. These not only act as a shelter for beneficial insects, but they draw bumble bees to them.
Marigolds, for instance, have a scent that confuses common pests like the moth that lays cabbage worm eggs.
Pollinators are required for vegetables to produce food, and with the rapidly declining bee population it's becoming increasingly vital to interplant flowers to attract and support a variety of pollinators.
You will Love the results.
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