September 19, 2012 by Hope Gardens
Planting flowers in the garden is very important. If you didn’t do it when you installed your garden, I will convince you why you should do it now. A bee needs to visit a flower 7-8 times to pollinate it so you need to do all you can to draw that pollinator to your vegetables time and time again. Flowers also have the ability to attract other beneficial insects and deflect those bugs who are less than beneficial. They create extra beauty in the garden as well which is always welcome.
ENCOURAGE YOUR KIDS TO UNDERSTAND THE IMPORTANCE OF BEES IN THE ECOSYSTEM.
My favorite flowers to plant in the veggie garden are pansies, cosmos, sweet alyssum, marigolds (chrysanthemums) and poppies. They are very pretty together and inexpensive. Alyssum, and some poppies, reseed themselves. Marigolds, however, can be short-lived. Dead head the plants (cut off spent flower heads) to keep them going and replace the entire plant when it fades.
I also adore borage. It is a cinch to grow from seed and re-seeds like crazy. It grows big, so give it lots of room…think the very end of your garden, and it might need staked. Borage is uber- compatible to vegetable plants, repels the tomato hornworm, is a bee magnet, and blooms with beautiful, blue, edible flowers; the essence of which brings courage. What’s not to love?
Here is a list of plants that perform a miracle in the organic garden: they attract the kind of beneficial insects that actually eat bad insects.
Bergamot, Butterfly weed, Caraway, Cilantro, Cosmos, Dill, Fennel, Gloriosa daisy, Lavender, Lemon Balm, Lobelia, Marigold, Parsley, Penstemon, Poppies, Queen Anne’s Lace, Spearmint, Statice, Stonecrop (Sedum), Sweet Alyssum, Yarrow, Zinnia