Flowers and vegetables go together in the garden

 

 

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Marigolds placed throughout the garden help keep away bugs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

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Marigolds provide color for the garden and act as bug repellants.

 

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.

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Lavender attracts butterflies and bees, and also can be harvested for home uses.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

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Pink lantana in the background, next to cucumbers, also attracts pollinators.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

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Pentas hang in baskets around the garden beds, attracting butterflies.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

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