What benefit is there to planting sunflowers along the vegetable garden?
Hardiness Zone: 8b
By Cindi from Ocala, FL
Our local Garden Guy, Dave Owens (he has a website) has built an organic garden on part of a parking lot at the Channel 3 studio here in Phoenix. He recommends planting flowers and veggies together for the benefits of both in terms of warding off bad insects and inviting good insects. Gardening can be a challenge here in the low desert but he has a beautiful, bountiful garden there. I always plant veggies and flowers together, my whole front yard is trees, shrubs, veggies and flowers, much nicer than mowing grass, lol
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I would like to plant a veggie garden again this year and was wondering if I could plant flowers across the front and sunflowers as a backdrop? If so what flowers would work, keeping in mind this area is full sun all day?
By J9hardison from Rocky Point, NC
My Roma tomato beds are planted down the center areas with herbs which compliment and debug the area for the tomatoes. Basil, dill, etc. are great. Like I said, each area has a better for list. Also the condition of the soil is perfect for some things, not others. I use a lot of sand; I dump the sand box in the fall in the gardens.
I frame my flower beds with the ornamental onion plants. They get to be 4 feet tall, making a pretty green background against the house. We don't use the onion, but they could be. I consider them decoration.
I have an herb bed section and keep the chives to one side. Sometimes they will cross flavors with other herbs. (07/15/2010)
By T&T Grandma
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