Companion Vegetable Garden

By Lisa Ray, The Gardening Advisor, And the Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden… Gen. 2:8

To create a vegetable garden that looks as good as it tastes, plant colorful flowers and lush herbs in with your vegetable crops.

Instead of hiding your vegetable bed in an out-of-the way place, dress it with a profusion of colorful blooms for a garden that will rival most flower beds.  Plant vegetables mixed with rows of flowers, edible flowers, and herbs.  All the plants in this garden need a site with full sun and rich, well-drained soil to grow their best.  Vegetables with attractive fruit or unusually colored foliage add even more interest-both to garden and to your table.

Plant these in your Companion Garden for color, flowers, appearance, and food:

Vegetables (leaves, flowers, and food)

Corn

Tomatoes

Cayenne Peppers

Scarlet Runner Beans

Bush Beans

Carrots

Sunflower (seeds)

Radishes

Beets

Bell Peppers

Asparagus

Garlic

Eggplant

Onions

Herbs (flowers and leaves)

Mint

Fennel

Dill

Sage

Basil

Black Mustard (seeds)

Hyssop

Chamomile

Chicory

Chives

Garlic Chives

Lemon Balm

Lavender

Calendula

Bee Balm

Sweet Violet

Dandelion

Nasturtium

Oregano

Parsley

Thyme

Black Mustard

Foliage Plants (leaves)

Spinach

Lettuce

Swiss Chard

Chinese Cabbage

Globe Basil

Rosemary (some have flowers)

Cabbage

Ornamental Cabbage

Radicchio

Kale

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