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Add Vegetables to Your Flower Bed PlanningA vibrant vegetable garden with various vegetables such as tomatoes, carrots, and lettuces growing in neatly organized rows. Among the vegetables, there are colorful flowers like marigolds, nasturtiums, and sunflowers blooming, adding a splash of color to the garden. The garden is lush and thriving, with a mix of green foliage and bright blossoms.

And why not?

When you are planning your flower bed for the growing season, I am quite surprised that this idea is not used often.

Not everyone has the space to do both or the time or energy to maintain two separate gardens.

There is no reason why your vegetable garden has to be hidden in some obscure corner of the yard. Those corners are sometimes better for the hammock and table with a wine glass on it in the shade of a nice-sized tree for shade, something the vegetables do not care for.


Planning the Dual Garden

Combining the two is sometimes a no-brainer, even if you have space, time, and energy. You have to follow a few simple ground rules and ideas.

Remember that vegetables need at least six hours of sunlight to produce the finished product correctly, and in quantity, you will want to warrant the space.

For example, you would not want to plant those shade-like begonias with those sun-loving vegetables.

Think about how things will look and how plants will cooperate with each other. Consider low-profile plants for the border and go higher as you move toward the back of the bed.

For the plantings behind that border, think in odd numbers. Odd numbers are more pleasing to the eye. A single large plant such as kale would be a nice specimen plant surrounded by smaller flowers.

Groups of three to five different herbs would look nice and efficient.

If you have a trellis on the side of the house leading guests to the backyard, consider planting some peas to share with that clematis vine.

The best area for the vegetables will most likely be in front of the house because the backyard has been designated for the pool, patio, and shade trees. 

Consider how easy it would be to monitor your vegetables if you walked past them every day while going to your car or to the mailbox.

Later in the growing season, you will harvest on your way back to the front door.

And do not forget about that front door area. Although concrete or brick is likely, consider growing something productive in containers, such as herbs or strawberries.


Pest Control Advantages

A perk you should consider is the advantages of pest control when you mix up the plants.

Everyone is interested in organic growing ideas to lessen or omit completely insecticides.

Consider all the different smells of herbs that help camouflage each other. This will confuse the pests and attract fewer of them.

It will also benefit the nonherbal plants, such as the tomato plants growing not too far from them.

Flowers such as marigolds deliver a fragrance that naturally repels some insects and furry critters.

For instance, rabbits do not like the smells of asparagus, leeks, onions, potatoes, squash, and tomatoes. They also dislike basil, mint, oregano, parsley, and tarragon.

Herbs are great natural insect repellents.

Chives discourage carrot flies, aphids, and Japanese beetles. Dill repels aphids, spider mites, cabbage loopers, squash bugs, and tomato hornworms. Fennel scares away aphids, slugs, and snails.


Final Thoughts on Flower Bed Planning

As you can see, there are many advantages to combining your flowers and vegetables into one interesting and productive garden for the home and your busy life. There is absolutely no need to be discouraged by space constraints or design ideas.

Do what is comfortable for you; it will be efficient and visually appealing.


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