Winter is the perfect time to plan for the upcoming garden season. You can find me, quite often, sitting with a cup of tea, eyes glazed over in full garden fantasy mode. This season my basic garden design on-going goal continues – to mix perennials and vegetables together in a sustainable and ornamental way.
Vegetables can be beautiful, especially when they are mixed with perennials. Above you see a still life of ferns, beet leaves in a vase, and a good-sized pumpkin growing on my front porch. Yes the pumpkin leaves have some mildew on them, which did not stop the pumpkins amazing growth, and the garden is imperfect. However, the mix of all the leaves and plants is priceless to me and the vegetable plants mixed in mean I can feed my community a few more veggies. Always a good thing.
For 2011 I would like to expand my shade growing capability and bring more shade loving veggies into the lay-out. What plans do you have this season to mix perennials and vegetables? Leave a comment below – also leave your questions and ideas – I can always use help!