I planted flowers in my vegetable garden this weekend. Granted, the weather was so beautiful with a high in the 80s, I may have been looking for ways to extend my gardening time. Still, planting certain flowers with vegetables has proven gardening benefits.
Marigolds are known for keeping away the bad bugs. I placed eight of them strategically around the edges of my raised beds. The yellow and orange flowers contrast nicely with the greens of cucumber, spinach, oregano and fennel.
I added a lavender plant in the middle of a bed. The wispy tendrils attract butterflies for pollination. The lavender’s harvested flowers will make good eye pillows and drawer sachets.
I planted a pink lantana near the lavender and lettuce, upping the attraction quotient for the pollinators. And if that’s not enough, red pentas in hanging baskets mark the garden parameter.
You might think all of these flowers would take away from the main purpose of the garden, which is to put food on the table. Not at all. They add whimsy, beauty and purpose.