Growing vegetables affords the gardener a myriad range of beautiful sights, with plants consisting of a different shapes, sizes, textures, form and colour. However, combine these plants with flowers and you have a quintessential English garden.
Along with vegetables, I'm also growing a range of flowers this year. I enjoy the challenge of gardening from seed and the huge sense of achievement that it brings. The commitment and dedication to nurture plants and flowers from seeds is great; thus so is the reward.
As well as the colour and beauty that flowers bring to the garden, they can also be fantastic for the vegetable grower! Companion planting is an age-old technique employed by gardeners as an organic alternative to chemical pest deterrents.
I'm growing French marigolds because I like them, but also because they are the perfect companion plant for tomatoes, which I am also growing. Tomato plants are highly susceptible to whitefly, which can damage a whole crop. However, whitefly detest French marigolds and thus avoid them like the plague! Not only do the marigolds keep whitefly at bay; they also make the garden look very pretty!
In addition to marigolds, I'm also growing a range of flowers from seed as a challenge, to add colour to the garden in summer and also so that my wife can have a nice supply of flowers for the house. I am growing the following from seed:
As always, progress will be documented here on the London Vegetable Garden blog, as well as over on Twitter and our Facebook page!