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An article in the current issue of Fine Gardening magazine is about improving pollination of vegetables by growing flowers with of near them. The flowers provide a food source for those pollinators that the vegetables may not always do. So, in addition to providing a food source for predator insects flowers will also do that for pollinators.

Growing flowers in amongst food crops, kitchen gardens not field crops, used to be very common.


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Posts: 8183 | Location: Twin Lake, MI USA | Registered: Aug 19, 2004Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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I agree. If you will look at the colonial gardens, they always mixed veggies and flowers. Somewhere along the line we got away from the "old ways". I still plant sunflowers, zinnias, cleome, & marigolds in my veggie garden.

Also understand that not everyone is blessed with a large space to do both. However, a small border of annuals around the veggie patch could do wonders.

ve
 
Posts: 3658 | Location: southern middle Tennessee | Registered: May 05, 2011Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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Always planted marigolds around my tomatoes....then for some reason stopped. Do agree with original premise, it does help.
 
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I usually have a few zinnias near my veggies. This year there will be more and more varieties!

Even if someone has only a small space, they should be able to tuck a flower or two in corners or at an edge. And it sure purtties up the garden! Big Grin

VE, my grandma always did like you do! I remember having zinnias in a vase on the kitchen table nearly all summer long too!


"The soil is the source of life, creativity, culture and real independence." David Ben-Gurion
 
Posts: 4997 | Location: SW Ga. 8b | Registered: Apr 21, 2011Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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For best results plant a wide variety of flowers, not just on or two species. Perhaps this article about Insectaries may be of some interest.
http://www.finegardening.com/h...eficial-insects.aspx

I have been told by some that you cannot grow flowers and vegetables together because they have different needs, something which is total nonsense.


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