Fight garden pests and increase your yields the natural way with this tried-and-true technique!
Planting vegetables and flowers together is one of the oldest ways to create a healthy, bountiful garden. Adding flowers to your food garden improves biodiversity, enhances pollination, and increases the numbers of beneficial pest-eating insects—with the bonus of providing beautiful bouquets of cut flowers to brighten your home and give to your family and friends.
Vegetables Love Flowers explains the benefits of interplanting flowers and vegetables; offers detailed advice on how to add a cutting garden of vibrant annuals to your vegetable garden; gives profiles of a range of pollinators and beneficial predators; and provides plenty of general gardening guidance featuring natural methods.
Alongside gorgeous garden photography, you’ll learn about: Garden planning, seed-starting, growing, and harvestingHow to make garden flower bouquets, with “recipes” for various arrangementsHow to attract beneficial creatures to pollinate your garden and prey on its pestsPesticide-free pest-control measuresComposting heaps and bins With the right information and some careful planning, you can help your plants thrive—and beautify your garden in the process.
In this excellent debut, Ziegler, a florist turned organic farmer, introduces readers to the concept of planting flowers alongside vegetables in the garden as a natural way to fight pests. Operating under the principle that "beneficial creatures are attracted to and happy with the continuous supply of new blossoms then share their benefits with the nearby vegetables," Ziegler argues against the notion that flowers are "a waste of precious space and labor in the vegetable path." She makes a convincing case for the benefits of companion gardening in a folksy narrative that is replete with personal anecdotes about her own struggles and learning curve. The stunning color photographs, along with detailed seasonal garden designs, offer helpful specifics for the best veggie-flower combinations and ways to cultivate them successfully. She suggests planting snapdragons in the tomato patch to attract bumblebees, explaining that bumblebees help speed the process of tomato pollination. Winter annuals, when planted six to eight weeks before the last expected spring frost, help grow cool-season vegetables and herbs such as onions and parsley. Flower growers and organic farmers alike will come away from this book feeling hopeful and ready to give Ziegler's method a try.