Vegetables or Flowers?

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Veggies or flowers?

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  1. Molly Fenster

    Molly Fenster New Member
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    I have a small garden in my backyard and I'm debating on what I should grow there. My grandchildren suggest me going for the more aesthetically appealing things, such as white lilies. I don't want to disappoint them but my heart lies in the vegetable field. Which ones should I choose?
     
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  2. Lydia Williams

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    Flowers are very pretty, and I love the ones in my garden. But you can actually make use of the vegetables (eat them) so they have their merits. I'd say go with what you want and they can deal with it. :p Or could you not do a compromise? Half vegetables, half flowers? Maybe separate them with a fence.
     
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  3. Mal Campbell

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    For me, flowers hands down. I love fresh veggies straight from the garden, but my heart and soul lays in the beauty of flowers. I love the colors and textures. My favorite type of garden is an English cottage style, with flowers just flowing through an area, a little on the overgrown side, but still with a "plan".

    I also love that flower gardens attract hummingbirds, butterflies and bees. Then there's the scents.

    I like to plant a mixture of perennials and annuals. I love to have color all season long (annuals), but I also like having the garden change over the season (perennials). There's just something so peaceful and full of grace about a flower garden. Yes, veggies are practical, but I'm a creative, artistic dreamer - I want beauty in my life.
     
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  4. Ina I. Wonder

    Ina I. Wonder Very Well-Known Member
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    I'm with you Mal,
    This year all things are changing for me, and that includes my personal gardens. For many years my husband, son, and I put over three acers to growing food for ourselves, and our extended families. What the famlies didn't eat, or what we didn't take to the farmers market for sale, we would let anyone who would take the time to come and harvest it themselves, have it.

    My son set me up with two personal gardening areas a few years back, 20'X20' and 20'X30', so I could have a flower garden. As I am selling 4&1/3 of my acerage, I will no longer have to find people to help keep thing in hand, and now I can really concentrate on my flower gardens, and even do a few veggies for my own use. Right now I am expanding the 20'X30' area to 40'X30".

    My neighborhood civic club is going to start a yard beautification contest, and I plan on being a contender.:D:rolleyes:
     
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    Well, you have my vote!!

    For me, flower gardening is peaceful and calming. There's something about it that settles me, especially when I'm having a manic day. It's somewhat meditative. Vegetable gardening on the other hand is work. Rewarding work, good work, but hard work, too. I don't know why that is, I've never really had a huge vegetable garden like you've described. It's always something small, but I guess because it doesn't have the beauty of a flower garden, it just seems like work.

    Good luck with your flowers - post some pictures if you get a chance!
     
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  6. Yvonne Smith

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    I like to mix the flowers and vegetables together. Since we do not have a specific tilled up area for vegetables, I grow them along side the house and fence-line right next to the flowers. Asparagus makes a beautiful fernlike border, so after we get done picking the shoots in the spring, it grows and looks beautiful mixed in with the flowers.
    Marigolds help keep away bugs, so they are planted next to the squash, and along the fence is a jumble of grape vines and tomato plants, with lilies growing up underneath.
    The side fence has morning glories and moonflower, and I am putting lettuce and spinach underneath those. Rhubarb is growing by the hostas, and the blueberries are out alongside of the roses.
     
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    I like both and plan to plant both this year. My favorite plants are lilies during the summer and coleus very colorful.
     
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  8. Sheldon Scott

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    Why not both? Okra is related to Hibiscus and has pretty flowers. Sweet potato is related to morning glory and has flowers that I think are prettier than any morning glory. Many vegetables have pretty flowers.

    Some also have attractive foliage and/or fruit. Tricolor variegata peppers and Bright Lights Swiss chard are a couple of examples.
     
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