The Kitchen Garden

Orderly rows and serried ranks of vegetables can look very impressive, but leaves valuable spaces vacant. To overcome this dilemma, fill the spaces with a wide range of edible herbs.

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The Community Plot

The large, dedicated kitchen garden may be a thing of the past, but community plots are very popular again. Many herbs need continual cropping to keep healthy and lush while others just look unattractive when they have been cut or cropped. These are ideal for growing in the vegetable patch, but it is not necessary to grow in rows — clumps and patches can look very attractive. Nasturtiums (Tropaeolum) sown in late spring will rapidly germinate and spread into a sizeable clump. Many cultivars are available and they all have edible flowers and the bright colors attract pollinating bees. Try planting them next to your planned salad bed so you can harvest both at the same time.

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