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Vegetable Herb And Flower Garden

Have you thought about a vegetable, herb, and flower garden? Combine all three into one. Yes, that's right! Whether you are limited on space or just want a variety garden, all three varieties can make a tasty, colorful garden. To Herbee, there is nothing like a fresh tomato picked from a garden. Put a little bit of pepper on top, and maybe a dab of mayonnaise or some fresh basil. Yum!

Putting vegetables with herbs has been popular for a while now. Adding some colorful flowers puts the icing on the cake. Creating this type of garden is fun because you plant what you want to eat.

Herbal remedies have been around for centuries. Today, people are learning more and more about Holistic Medicine and using herbs. A lot of herbs have flowers, which bring a more vibrant look to your area.

This garden can be done several different ways. You should look at doing this just like any other landscape project. Plan your area, prep your area, and than plant! The bed can be done in any shape you want. Two of the most common shapes are a rectangle or a square.

tomatoes in a container

If your space is really limited, consider vegetables, herbs, and flowers in a container garden.

Whether in a ground or container garden it's a good idea to stake your tomatoes. A cage will work nicely and will help the plants grow upward and healthy.

When doing a three variety garden, I plan it by mixing the plants by height and color. Either you can propagate your own seeds, or buy from a nursery. You can also purchase plants from a local store also, but make sure the plant looks healthy and leaves haven't yellowed.

Check on the bottom of the pot to see if roots are hanging out. This means the plant has been in the container for awhile and needs to be put in the ground as soon as possible. When designing, give enough space for each plant to grow. Mix the vegetables, herbs, and flowers all around the garden.


Row Planting And Defined Beds

There are several options for your gardens. First, there's the straight line garden. Plants are maturing yet given enough space to grow.

Another option is the idea of a defined bed garden. It's a totally different look than a straight line. I have done both resulting in a good yield. Tomatoes next to dill, fennel or basil are really nice. Know what colors each herb flower will be. Use perennials and annuals. One key point to remember when doing a mixed garden, plant your perennials in an area close to each other.

The result of planning properly is a wonderful basket of fresh flowers and veggies. Perennials will come back every year, and you will want to do some prepping the following season without disrupting their growing patterns. There won't be a lot of prepping the following season, but you will want to turn the soil over where the annuals were. I've planted a combination garden and below are a list of the different vegetables, herbs, and flowers.

Picture Of Original Vegetable Garden With Salvia

In this vegetable garden picture, you can see the Salvia flowers. The small decorative stacked stones give a nice separation of flowers, and then veggies, herbs, and more flowers planted throughout.

This is considered an informal garden with no defined pattern. The plants are spaced properly for healthy growth. This garden is just beginning to grow.

Sometimes you will see beautiful gardens in magazines, and you want your garden to look just like that. A lot of these gardens have been growing four to six years and the plants are mature. Realistically, plants take time to grow.

One of the keys to success is spraying your veggie garden to control weeds and insects.


Herbee's Favorite Plants For Combination Garden

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  • Salvia - Blue Hill - perennial, beautiful blue-purple spike flowers.

  • Dusty Miller - annual white plant, nice as an accent.

  • Lemon Balm - perennial herb with fragrant leaves - smells like lemon.

  • Italian leaf Parsley - biannual herb, great for cooking in sauce, eggs, vegetables, or meats.

  • Cayenne Peppers - annual little red spicy pepper - Great for saute, and sauces. I have put them in pots also, and bring them in for the winter months, and the peppers will re-appear in the springtime.

  • Banana Peppers - little yellow peppers, great for most any type of sauce, saute, or just popping in your mouth. Milder spice flavor then a cayenne pepper.

  • Dill and Fennel - Same family - perennial herb, great on fish, use to make dill pickles, and try some in your favorite potato salad.

  • Early Sunrise Tick Seed - perennial flower with tall yellow flowers. Eye catching.

  • Munstead Lavender - perennial herb with gorgeous purple flowers throughout the late spring and summer months.

  • Geranium Max Frei - pretty pink annual flowers. Nice color with the purples and yellows.

  • Garden Leader Tasty Sauce Tomato - this is the first year we're trying this brand. We make our own sauce and will find out the flavor in a few months. Some of our favorites are, Big Boys and Early Girls. We did six plants.

  • German Johnson Tomato - We did six of this variety also, and first time doing these. Herbee really likes to experiment with new plants, and has one plant in a pot to see the growth pattern.

There are so many other varieties you can use. Use an organic mushroom compost in all of these plants. 10-10-10 fertilizer is also a good option for vegetables. This area gets full sun and all of these plants can take full sun. You can create your own garden by just combining your favorite vegetables, herbs and flowers. Feel free to contact me on any questions or suggestions on a variety garden.

Herbee Recommends These Related Articles

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