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Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie

Diane Gibson
Galva News gardening columnist Diane Gibson takes a look at day trips in this week's column.

Itsy bitsy teenie weenie . . . yellow polka dot garden scenie. Yes, I know that’s really bad prose to introduce planting a vegetable/herb garden among your perennials and other landscaping.

Many folks are new to vegetable gardening or don’t have the space, energy or time for a big plot. That doesn’t mean you can’t have home-grown fresh vegetables and herbs. 

Many vegetables and herbs blend well with existing plants. Using dwarfs and bush varieties, adding a trellis, and pulling them when they’ve finished producing help this process. A reminder: Vegetables and herbs usually need full sun. 

Leafy vegetables and herbs, as edging to existing beds, look good and are easy to harvest. Check out the height at maturity when picking a variety. A few suggestions: lettuce, kale, Swiss chard, arugula, mizuna, spinach, mustard, parsley and rosemary. 

Because of height, plant a little farther back: bush tomatoes, collards, basil, dill, peppers, brussels sprouts, horseradish and broccoli.

Climbers needing a trellis or sturdy bush: green beans, peas, small gourds and cucumbers.   

Most nurseries offer plant sets in packs of one to six. 

For more of Diane Gibson's "For the Love of Gardening" column, see the March 26 printed edition of the Galva News.