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Post  model a man on 1/22/2011, 9:48 pm

Is it good or bad to make some of the squares flowers or should you just have food type plants? thanks
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Post  camprn on 1/22/2011, 10:17 pm

I like to tuck in a few nasturtiums and callendula in here and there, but I wont give a full square to flowers instead of food. They have area all to their own elsewhere.
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Post  Lavender Debs on 1/22/2011, 10:31 pm

It's your garden, you get to decide! I'm with camp, I stick them here and there. The odd sweet pea seed in with peas, a snapdragon here or there, Cosmos in the lettuce, marigolds at the foot of a tomato. But I am more likely to put pots of mixed flowers near the corners of the garden or in baskets hanging from the trellises. We are planning two triangle shaped beds on the side yard for perennials, strawberries and cutting flowers....or maybe that was on the list for next year.
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Post  quiltbea on 1/22/2011, 11:48 pm

I plant a few nasturtium seeds in one corner and marigold seeds in another corner of each bed. They get pretty big by the end of the season so this year I'm going to put them in pots and set them near the corners.
Both flowers repel pesky insects so its worth it to me to give a little space to them.

Here are nasturtiums on June 23rd.

Here are marigolds at the end of my growing season.
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Post  Chopper on 1/23/2011, 12:42 am

I ended up dedicating a whole bed to flowers. What matters is what feeds you. Do you just want food or also a little food for the eyes and the soul? I also added nasturtiums to a few corners and I do not think I would do it again. They do get surprisingly big.


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Post  miinva on 1/23/2011, 12:48 am

That's gorgeous, Chopper! Very Happy

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Post  model a man on 1/23/2011, 2:04 am

Thanks for the input. I didn't know if the flower plants would alter the taste of the food plants.
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Post  Furbalsmom on 1/23/2011, 2:19 am

Flowers should not alter the tast of the veggies while growing, unless they trap some insects that could damage your veggies
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Post  Rolanaj on 1/23/2011, 12:58 pm

Marigolds actually get rid of nematodes in the soil and they repel some of the bugs too, I usually plant some with my tomatoes. This article makes some good points about it. You might want to also look into companion planting, which plants help or hinder each other its rather interesting actually. There are also flowers that are edible to consider.

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Post  Odd Duck on 1/24/2011, 9:53 am

There are several websites that discuss companion planting, one of my favorites is here

http://ghorganics.com/page2.html

This talks about certain herbs/plants/flowers that enhance flavors or repel pests, etc. I don't have enough experience to tell you about flavor changes. I do know that, in my area at least, companion plants are NOT enough to avoid the dreaded squash vine borer. Try Bt for them.

Other than that, I've not had really significant pest problems. I like the look of having my beds surrounded by flowers and herbs. I used concrete block to build my beds and I plant the herbs and flowers mainly in the holes in the blocks.

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Post  Rolanaj on 1/24/2011, 10:08 am

i have planted basil with my tomatoes too and it did seem to make them taste better, although tomatoes fresh from the garden are rather awesome to begin with. It is handy too as basil is good cooked with tomatoes so its easy to harvest them right beside each other.

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Post  WardinWake on 1/24/2011, 12:22 pm

Sure!

Veggies love flowers and flowers love herbs so herbs love veggies. And many veggies will be better off for the flowers and herbs so mix as you desire.

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Post  Megan on 1/24/2011, 5:14 pm

@quiltbea wrote:I plant a few nasturtium seeds in one corner and marigold seeds in another corner of each bed. They get pretty big by the end of the season so this year I'm going to put them in pots and set them near the corners.
Both flowers repel pesky insects so its worth it to me to give a little space to them.

Um, quiltbea.... nasturtiums ATTRACT aphids. They are a trap plant.
http://forums2.gardenweb.com/forums/load/annuals/msg0723480813504.html

I found this out only after sprouting one right between my two tomato plants. Fortunately I had no aphid trouble (that I noticed), and it sounds like you haven't either. I I was biting my nails about whether to tear it out, though. They are SO pretty! And tasty... though the one I grew was so peppery, I had to mix just a little in with other greens. I tried a straight-up nasturtium salad and darn near roasted my tongue with that first bite! Shocked Okay, peppery, not hot, but still, wow.

Those were the only ones I had in my SFGs, but the SFGs were surrounded by landscaping beds with flowers and herbs, many of them chosen for being bee/butterfly attractors. I preferred to keep the attractors directly out of the SFGs, because I am very bee-shy. (Granted the veggies draw them too!) I am much less nervous about them now than I was last spring. People here were helpful in assuring me that the bees would be more interested in "grocery shopping" than anything, and that certainly seemed to be the case, but I would still be terribly nervous about working daily a square over from a large bee balm plant.

Lots of people, though, DO plant flowers in their SFGs and I think if you want to, you should! It is your garden after all. My front yard SFGs this year will be converted to mostly flowers and herbs, and I'm still trying to figure out exactly what I want to do. I'm kind of excited about it, really. Very Happy
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