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Flowers and vegetables in my massif

here is a time, we would have found it weird … Today fans of flowers and vegetables are numerous and for good reasons: it’s pretty, useful and greedy!

Flowers and vegetables, a good and beautiful mix

Blends of flowers and vegetables are much appreciated by gardeners who have understood the interest of installing them together in a massif. The vegetables scattered amid the massive annual or perennial, bring a touch of originality with their shapes and colors to create highly aesthetic massive. The aromatic have a repellent action on harmful insects. And of course, for small gardens , mixing in the same flower bed and vegetable patch is to kill two birds with one stone: good and beautiful!

Cardons, dahlias and pennisetums in a massif


It’s beautiful, but less productive

We agree: the mixture flowers and vegetables is more motivated by the desire to have a massive aesthetic and original. The taste pleasure is not denied, but the production has a lower yield than a plot dedicated to the garden.

Cardoons with yellow flowers and panicauts

The most decorative vegetables

Some of the most decorative and easy-to-grow vegetables include:

  • The cabbage red, green, bluish gray, curly . They are superb but you need to plan some space! They can be pommed or smooth. Original effect in the massive insured! Examples of varieties: ‘Black head’ (small dark red apple); ‘Red Russian’ (not pommed with green-gray serrated leaves and purple hues); ‘Tuscan black’ (long, blistered leaves, looks like a little palm tree).
Cabbages in a massive Rococo inspiration

  • The cardoons with silver foliage are beautiful! Again, plan for space, they are between 1.5 m and 2 m high. They look like artichokes , with smaller inflorescences.
  • The pears (also called chard or chard), especially the chard with colored petioles (white, yellow, orange, red) are very decorative. Their leaves are green but the veins are also colored. Some varieties: ‘Bright Yellow’, ‘Bright Lights’, ‘Rubarb Chard’.
'Bright Lights' perry in massive

  • The celery gold , why not! The leaves are compact and create a nice effect if installed in a group. Perfect for playing on the pitch.
  • The beets , some varieties are all purple from the root to the leaves, such ‘Bull’s Blood’.
  • Artichokes , especially when they are in bloom! Spectacular!
  • We also do not forget the classics: carrots or parsnips in bloom, salads with curly leaves, Spanish beansthat are grown as a climbing plant of the nasturtium type , the arroche (to replace the spinach ) green , purple, yellow. The rhubarb , however, although very pretty, is not recommended in a massive, it takes up too much space!
Purple Basil in a massive

Aromatics

Of course, aromatics are the best plants to plant among vegetables and flowers. They are very useful because their smell repels parasites , and they are often very pretty … not to mention their role in cooking.

Borage and California poppies

  • The dill and fine foliage.
  • The borage and its pretty little blue flowers with oyster taste.
  • The purple basil will do wonders next to a golden-green foliage and fragrance wafts. Japanese basil (or Nanking perilla) with purple foliage and pink flowers is as original as decorative!
  • The lemon thyme and golden brown
  • The green or bronze fennel and its very nice fine airy foliage and later its flowers in yellow parasols.
  • Percel , a cross between parsley and celery. Very original and very bright!
  • The hyssop , bushy bearing blue flowers, but it also exists in pink or white.
  • Heart for the ‘ angelic and beautiful flowers balls. But it takes a lot of space.
  • Conventional such the thyme , the rosemary , the chives , the scallion , the parsley flat and curly, the chervil , beautiful flowers, the oregano , the mint (beware, some are invasive), the sorrel , the sage green or purple, garlic and sweet onion in bloom.

5 tips to transform your garden into a little paradise

GARDEN – If you’re lucky enough to have a garden, here are 5 tips to turn it into a little piece of paradise and impress your guests.

Do you want to enjoy your garden and make it an oasis of tranquility? Still, you have to know how to do it and where to start. Discover these 10 tips very useful to arrange your garden and turn it into a little corner of paradise.

1- Start a newspaper

To organize the redevelopment of his garden, the first thing to do is to devote a small newspaper. A practical notebook to feed regularly, which will serve you to take notes on each of the plants that people your garden and on the proper way to maintain them. Before you even consider adding anything else, get to know everything at your fingertips. Thanks to this ingenious system, you will have much easier to make choices for the suite by evaluating the place and the conditions that you have after this small “green” assessment.

2- Study the environmental conditions

When you have a garden, you have to be realistic and understand its environmental parameters to be sure of planting species that will have a chance to flourish properly . Take a ride on the web and browse for weather information about your area. Pollution, rainy season, heat wave … So many parameters to take into account to keep your garden as beautiful as possible. If in doubt, do not hesitate to go to a public garden or greenhouse to gather additional information and tips from the pros.

3- Know the properties of the soil

If the weather conditions that govern your environment are fundamental, another parameter also needs to be analyzed: the composition and properties of the soil of your garden. Nutrients, pH, acidity, these elements are decisive for choosing the varieties that will flourish. If you do not know how, talk to a professional gardener or invest in a kit specifically designed for this type of test. It’s very simple and it only costs about twenty euros.

To make sure that the texture of the soil is perfect, Annette Gutierrez, co-founder of the gardening brand Potted, offers her advice during an interview with the Lifehack website : “Good quality soil should easily crumble when you hold it in your hand Do not hesitate to add fresh potting soil, compost or mulch if necessary, making sure to let the area of ​​the garden breathe before planting anything there. ”

4- Invest in the right equipment

There is nothing better than quality material to take care of your garden. If you do not have what it takes, then it is time to invest a minimum. Start at the base by getting a hoe (a type of pick for plowing the land), just to control the quality of the grass and buy a pair of gardening gloves. To properly prune your plantings, you will also need a pruner and shears. Yes, it’s a bit expensive, but it stays your life and that’s the only way to keep your garden looking good.

5- Step by step

To acquire the experience necessary for the maintenance of a garden, it is strongly recommended to advance step by step. First, set a goal for planting seasonal vegetables on a plot. Most of them require very little care and in addition, they mature fairly quickly. It’s a great way to get your hands dirty, before embarking on something more ambitious. The simplest varieties to grow when you are a beginner: lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers and carrots.