Planting Flowers with Vegetables
Is it okay to grow veggie plants amongst my flower plants? Are there any that don’t like to be planted together?
There are no rules when it comes to growing vegetables and flowers together. In fact they complement each other well. The flowers help bring beneficial insects into the garden to aid pollination of your vegetables, and certain pungent flowers like calendulas and marigolds will help protect them from pests. Growing vegetable plants amongst flowers is also great utilisation of space (ideal for those with smaller gardens).
First do a little spring cleaning in your flower bed; trim any overgrown plants, and remove any weeds or garden debris - you will be surprised by how much room you find for growing vegetables. Soil preparation is generally the same for flowers and vegetables, just make sure to enrich the soil before planting by digging in Daltons Nutrient Enriched Compost or Daltons Organic Compost, and add a good layer of Daltons Mulch & Grow on top (especially during summer). Fill the gaps in your flower garden with a regular planting of lettuce or spinach, radish or carrots etc. You can also grow tomatoes, spring onions, or even a nice selection of herbs. Remember less open space means less room for weeds to grow! If you have sunflowers in your garden, grow beans or vine vegetables such as peas or cucumbers up the readymade poles they provide. When it comes to fertilising, just ensure you use the right fertiliser for each plant, such as Daltons Premium Rose & Flower Fertiliser on your flowers, and Daltons incredible edibles® Vegetable Fertiliser on your vegetables.