It’s not surprising that many people are opting to grow their own vegetables, especially since the food prices continue to rise. Many gardeners find themselves planting and tending to various plants and flowers, so why not add vegetable plants into the mix also. It is easy to mix edibles into your garden once you learn how to incorporate vegetable plants into your landscaping.
How to incorporate vegetable plants into your landscaping.
Incorporating vegetable plants into your flower beds and landscaping can be very easy. Most vegetable plants can be very pretty during their season. For example, zucchini plants are great to fill gaps in landscaping while having large beautiful dark green leaves.
Try inter-planting some edible plants such as some stunning Swiss Chard or even some pepper plants into your flower beds. You will be quite surprised how beautiful they can be.
What types of plants are best
There are quite a few vegetables that you can grow in your own garden. Of course, you need to consider your climate when you choose particular vegetables.
Firstly, you need to designate a certain section of your garden that you want to interplant. Within this area, check the soil and dig to loosen it. Then remove all the weeds before you plant anything. It is best to add in a large amount of compost to provide some nutrients to your plants..
Once you have determined where you want to plant, you can go to your local garden center or you order some seeds online. If you start your own seeds you will have many more options than buying plants at your garden center. Be sure to keep your climate, and the season, in mind when you choose the vegetables that you want to plant in your garden.
Tip: The planting season that is listed on the seed package is just a suggestion. I have found that even though certain vegetables are labeled spring, that they actually do much better if planted in the fall in my zone 8a garden. Try different things in your garden, take notes about what works and what doesn’t. Go back to your notes year after year.
Types to choose from
There are many types of vegetables that you can plant in your garden which include tomatoes, eggplants, cabbage, cauliflower, carrots, beetroots, peppers, pumpkin, sweetcorn, and sweet potatoes, amongst others. Along with your vegetables, you could include herbs too. Allocate a small section along one of the sides to plant the herbs. You could plant the following herbs: basil, garlic, parsley, thyme, and cilantro.
Most vegetable plants require a reasonable amount of maintenance which include watering, pruning, trimming and keeping pests away. You need to remember to check on your vegetable patch regularly to ensure that they are growing sufficiently. Also, remember to pluck any ripe vegetables. Give them a thorough wash before you cook or eat them.
Incorporating vegetables in your garden is rewarding because your family is able to enjoy fresh vegetables that have been grown by your own hands. Your family will love all of the fresh produce throughout the year.
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