Thursday, February 3, 2011

Cutting Garden

I love having cut flowers in my house... but I don't like cutting the flowers out of my flower beds!  So the first year we came to Red Gate Farm, I decided to grow flowers in my vegetable garden.  I have a fabulous book about vegetable gardens called the Vegetable Gardener's Bible.  It talks a lot about not growing certain vegetables next to each other.... another reason for flowers!  I like to have a few rows of flowers dividing the potatoes from the tomatoes...  Of course, it's great for pollination too since it really brings in the bees.

My favorite is the Zinnia.  It comes in so many colors and styles.

I also grow a lot of different varieties of Sunflowers.

Bachelor Buttons are always a nice filler in my vases.  And who can resist the Teddy Bear Sunflower.

And of course one of my very, very favorites... all kinds of old fashioned Sweet Peas for the kitchen window (please ignore the very dirty kitchen window), they smell soooo fabulous.

If you're planning to plant a vegetable garden this year, maybe make a little room for some cutting flowers.  You won't regret it!

We're almost to the weekend,
Chris at Red Gate Farm

linking this up to
Fishtail Cottage's
Cottage Flora Thursday\


  1. Chris, This is probably one of the top reasons why I moved to the country. I have always dreamed of a cutting garden, but I never ever thought of mixing it in with the vegetable garden. Makes perfect sense! Oy! Thanks for the eye opener. : )


  2. Zinnias and sunflowers are my favorite..probably because they both can take lots of sun!

  3. I am seriously considering planting a cutting garden this year...;j

  4. Your flowers are beautiful. Do you grow them all from seed and do you save the seed?

  5. Hi Chris, love your cutting flowers in with your vegetables, I do that too... my favorites are the very old~fashioned ones, the sweet peas and bachelors buttons... xoxo Julie Marie

  6. WOW beautiful gardens,
    some times planting veggies and flowers together keep the critters and some bugs at bay from the veggies cause the smell of the flowers wards them off ! Have a wonderful day !

  7. Zinnia - one the cottage favorites! You are a true gardener to keep your veggies & flowers mixed together in the garden beds! love it! Thanks so much for linking up with Cottage Flora Thursdays! & especially need to thank you for showing the garden party on your post! xoxo Hope to see you next week! xoox

  8. I have always dreamed of a cutting garden .... ahhhhh, someday! How wonderful to be able to fill your home with fresh flowers that you've grown yourself! I can't wait to see more photos of your gardens this coming spring and summer!


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