If in the ornamental garden attention to the decorating element is the main rule in all the activities - from plant selection to pruning - vegetable gardens are often treated as simple patches of land for the production of vegetables.
However, there is an old tradition that brings edible and ornamental plants together. Some examples? Roses planted at the beginning of vine rows were very good at capturing parasites or diseases, therefore saving vines, while calendula and nasturtium were very effective at keeping insects away from vegetables.
And so, by following tradition and playing with different styles (medieval, English, productive or ornamental), it is therefore possible to turn a vegetable patch in an ornamental vegetable garden, useful and beautiful at the same time.
Aubergines with their lilac flowers, climbing tomatoes or red flower green beans: there are many vegetables that can make our patch unique, transforming our vegetable garden in the real star of the show!
By using plants with beautiful foliage, it is possible to create very effective geometric compositions. Other plants, such as chards, have leaves with very bright colours, that can help create stunning colour combinations. Lastly, beds of different shapes (round, oval, square, diamond) will make our vegetable garden unique, and a real feast for the eyes.
Watering the vegetable garden with YOYO by FITT
If we really want our vegetable patch to become a beautiful ornamental vegetable garden, we have to make sure that we regularly remove any weeds from the beds, in addition to treating our plants with the utmost care, taking out any that are damaged and making sure that the others are clean and protected from insects and diseases.
We also have to make sure that our vegetables are well watered, particularly during the summer months, at which time regular watering is a must. Of course this must be done avoiding to wet the leaves and never during the hottest hours of the day! The combined action of water and sun could in fact burn the plants, promoting fungal disease.
During the hottest months of the year, late evening and early morning are the best times of the day for watering. Only during extreme heat that may cause stress to the plants it might be appropriate to water them at the base during the day.