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You can't have your salad and your design....

Posted by t-bird Chicago 5/6 (My Page) on
Sun, May 26, 13 at 10:52

I love the look of veggie gardens, especially the potager or edible landscaping arrangement that are pleasing to the eye.

But then you go in and harvest some of your lettuce or chard and you lose that design element.

Am I the only one who gets bummed about this?


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RE: You can't have your salad and your design....

Well, veges are for eating! Nancy


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RE: You can't have your salad and your design....

I know exactly what you are saying! As I plant my beds this year I am tending to put in a variety of different colors and textures in patterns, and when I start harvesting they will just not be the same. It is one of the reasons I put flowers in every bed - they will anchor the beds through the season.


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RE: You can't have your salad and your design....

That's why a lot of potager people put lavender, marigolds or other small flowers/herbs around the edges of the beds. This keeps your color and texture and still allows you to harvest your food :)


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RE: You can't have your salad and your design....

Some of the things like lettuce, chard, kale etc can still be harvested (picking the outer leaves as needed) while still keeping the plant intact (at least until they bolt or go to seed!) Nancy


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RE: You can't have your salad and your design....

Late post, but if you plant lettuce or chards, plant them a little more thickly than is recommended. Then when harvesting harvest every week, cutting every-other plant or every third plant leaving some for additional growth. This harvesting procedure does two things, 1) it allows more room for the remaining plants to grow and 2) allows you to keep a reasonable pattern in your garden. By the time you harvest your last plant group, the group you harvested first will be ready to harvest a second time. Mixing in edible flowers such as nastritium is also helpful.


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RE: You can't have your salad and your design....

Just pick a few leaves off of each plant- you won't notice from afar.


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RE: You can't have your salad and your design....

You don't want to introduce nasturtium or morning glory into a vege garden! They will take OVER!!!!!!
They are wonderful around the outside of a garden, but NOT in the beds!
I just had to re-do my whole herb garden (in large pots) cause the nasty took over! They're already creeping back even though I covered with weed cloth and stepping stones! Nancy


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RE: You can't have your salad and your design....

There's the difference with a short summer...we're lucky if the nasturtiums bloom and fill in the border, before it gets too cold....let alone take over :)


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