Having a backyard garden is a growing trend. Gardening enthusiasts have been doing it for years. The economy along with recent illnesses connected to produce has turned many people to backyard gardening. Gardens can be vegetable, flower or a combination of both. Planting vegetables and flowers together can create a natural herbicide.
Having vegetables and flowers in the same garden can be beneficial to both. Planting dill and chives for example will attract beneficial insects to control plant-eating pests. Planting garlic is said to help keep marauding squirrels out of the garden. Planting legumes such as peas and lentils will aid the soil for flowering plants and other herbs and vegetables. Legumes will draw nitrogen from the air and through its root system deposit it into the soil. Nitrogen is critical for proper plant development.
Gardeners can never have enough bees. Planting flowering plants in the vegetable garden will attract bees for pollination. Tomatoes are an excellent choice for any garden they grow well in a variety of soils. Melons require a sandy and loosely packed soil that drains well. Melons because of their size and vines require plenty of space. Cucumbers grow well and add colorful flowers to any garden. Cucumbers require a lot of water and proper cultivation. Cucumbers can be controlled by training them to grow up a trellis for space-limited gardens.