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Why flowers are so important in your garden

When spring comes is time to plan your work in the garden. If you’re still thinking to grow flowers and vegetables on the opposite side of your garden, it’s time to redesign. Growing vegetables and flowers together is like friends with benefits. What do I mean by saying that, for example, tall flowering shrubs provide shade to sun-sensitive ground covers and strong-smelling flowers may camouflage vulnerable crops nearby.

In order for companion planting with flowers to work, you have to select flowers that will bloom at the same time as your veggie crops. Before buying a check at the back of the Seed packets will tell you how soon flowers will bloom after planting. However, it’s a good idea to plant a variety of flowers to ensure that you’ve got continuous blooms throughout the entire growing season. Growing a vegetable without flowers is an uphill battle.

Use as companion plants

Chamomile – are very aromatic flower, they have a very bitter flavour and produce a natural oil that is anti-fungal and antibacterial and this may be one of the reasons it benefits other plants by protecting from disease and plant, not friendly insects

Nasturtium – beautiful, colorful flower for ground cover or space filler. Flowering plants can shade soil by not allowing growing weeds, and petals are edible.

Sweet Alyssum – the ground cover attracts ladybirds and the larvae of these pets are natural predators of aphids. Planting sweet alyssum along with other plants such as sunflowers, roses attracts a variety of beneficial insects.

Improve Pollination and Harvest

Planting bee-friendly flowers near your vegetables also support struggling pollinator populations and biodiversity. Flowers attract bees, butterflies, and birds. As these insects collect the pollen, they will distribute it to nearby vegetables or fruit, improving pollination rates and increasing your harvest. The longer these pollinators stay in your garden visiting flowers to eat and drink, the greater chances of improved pollination for your crops. Without bees stopping by your garden to snack on nectar and swap pollen around, you’re going to have a pretty disappointing crop.

Free fertiliser

Peas, Beans, Lupins, and Lucerna can fix nitrogen in your soil how cool is that. These plants have natural rhizobia bacteria, which convert nitrogen into a form that other plants can use.

Edible flowers

They are not just looking good, aid pollination, increase biodiversity and also can be good to eat. While we might think eating flowers sounds a bit crazy. They have powerful nutritional values. The edible flower adds colour, flavour and texture to savoury and sweet dishes, as well as cordials, oils and butter.

Laura.B

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