More pics from yesterday’s tour of our back yard veggie garden … here’s a bit of what’s currently blooming in our back yard:
Though some people think it’s strange — or a waste of valuable food growing space — I’m a cottage gardener at heart, and I love the look of flowers mixed in with my vegetables and herbs. They’re terrific companion plants, attracting pollinators while helping repel unwanted pests, and some — like the sunflowers — are also helpful decoys, attracting insects that would be otherwise be munching on my tomatoes, eggplants, and salad greens. Flowers add color to the garden, help conserve water by shading the soil, provide a home for beneficial insects, and encourage birds to visit the garden, which helps control unwanted insects while providing natural fertilizer. It’s definitely a win/win situation for everyone: people, plants, and wildlife.
What do you think? Do you plant flowers with your veggies and herbs? What are your favorite flowers to grow, either in or out of the vegetable garden?