Veg ideas for mixed flower/veg beds
Anna33 Posts: 300
in Fruit & veg
Given what's happening at the moment, now seems like a good a time as any to try something I've been thinking about for a couple of years - planting fruit/veg plants in amongst my normal flower beds. I've only got a small garden, so everything really needs to earn it's place!
But, I need help. I've only grown a few veg in pots previously - tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers and potatoes.
And the other thing is - I have a huge slug & snail problem, so most of the leafy things are probably going to get munched to death. I'm going to put a bit more effort in with nematodes this year...
So...what suggestions do people have for veg plants that would do well in amongst ornamentals? I'm not too concerned about aesthetics, as it will all end up being a jumble anyway.
I've got one side of the garden which gets full sun, and another side which gets sun until around lunchtime. My soil is already quite good, possibly on the slightly acidic side so I wouldn't want to chance alkaline loving plants. And up until now I have planted for wildlife (insects mostly), which has been really successful.
I'm currently thinking that I might try the tomatoes/peppers/cucumbers (with support) options above, but any other suggestions or advice gratefully received!
If you live in Derbyshire, as I do.
The DVD usually comes in a pack with Cottage Gardens and paradise Gardens and there are books available for all 3. Mine of helpful, practical, do-able information.
I once saw a red bed at Kalmthout Arboretum in Belgium, home of many new hamamelis and hydrangea cultivars. The red bed had ruby chard, red onions, red kale and Bishop of LLandaff dahlias plus that red flowered annual with the long tasselly flowers whose name escapes me. Looked great.
"We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
A pretty edging of parsley and chives set it all off