Friday, August 20, 2010

Vegetable gardening as part of the home landscape

Lately, I have been seeing more and more people add vegetable plants in their landscaping plan. I saw this technique featured at the Southeastern Flower Show this past spring and I thought it was very inventive.

Imagine my surprise when I noticed my neighbors were clearing a space beside their shrubs at the side of their house and planting vegetables. It was a great use of a small space and it looks really good. You can see the tomato plants above -- still looking good, even with all this heat.

The green pepper pants are looking good, too. I like the straw that surrounds the plants -- very neat and no weeds.

There is a cucumber vine and yellow miniature tomatoes in the middle. Our neighbors actually apologized for the plants and hoped we didn't mind they planted their little vegetable patch. We thought it was wonderful and asked if we could have some photos.

In other countries, this is a common practice. They have limited space and make the most of it. I hope it becomes a common practice here. Most people have a little extra space around their shrubbery that would make a great mini garden. Extra veggies are always welcome, too. I think my neighbors are very smart.


  1. What a neat idea - I have never heard of that before. It makes a lot of sense and you can never have enough fresh vegetables. Thank you so much, Joanie