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What do you have growing in your vegetable garden?

I have three separate gardens where I grow vegetables, but they aren’t the only thing that are growing in the rich, moist soil.

Red Poppies

Red Poppies

There are also red poppies present alongside the Swiss chard and leaf lettuce.  

Red Poppies grow among the vegetables.

It all started 4 years ago with a packet of red poppy seeds.  

Thereafter, every year a new crop of poppies grow among the vegetables.  

grow among the vegetables.

Poppies aren’t the only flowers that come up each year on their own – blue lobelia, marigolds and nasturtiums are always make their presence known every spring.  

For this of you who enjoy colorful annuals, how about giving them some space in your vegetable garden?  It has everything they need – fertile soil and water.  

Do you have anything else growing in your edible garden?  What flower would you add?

Red Poppies

I like to include flowers in my vegetable garden.

I could say that the reason is that they attract pollinators, which in turn help to fertilize my vegetables.

But, the real reason is that I think they are just pretty.

Every year, I grow bachelor’s button in my garden because I love their bright, blue flowers.

This year, I threw some red poppy seed into the garden.

Seriously….I didn’t even cover it with soil or designate a certain area for it.  I simply threw it in there on a whim.

Red Poppies

Just last week, they began to bloom.

I love the way their unopened blossoms gracefully droop downward, don’t you?

And I must say, that I am just overwhelmed at how beautiful they are….

Red Poppy (Papaver rhoeas)

Red Poppy (Papaver rhoeas)

I will definitely collect the seeds so that I can plant them again next year.

How about you?

Have you ever grown poppies?