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Best garden veg

Post: #274311 MClan
Fri May 24, 2013 1:42 pm

Hi All,

I want to make all my borders edible. What would your suggestions be for a aesthetically pleasing yet edible border in the garden?

Thanks,

Karen

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Post: #274313 diggernotdreamer
Fri May 24, 2013 2:31 pm

carouby de moussane mange tout has lovely bi coloured flowers, grow up a wigwam, purple podded peas also have pink or purple flowers, alternate red and green lettuce look pretty and look amazing if you allow them to go to seed, crimson flowered broad beans, Egyptian onions, elephant garlic, herbs have gorgeous flowers, clary, painted and regular sage, lovage, parsley, coriander (let seed for display of flowers and then collect seed for cooking), Reddy spinach with red veins, bulls blood beetroot, red orach, green orach, chives, garlic chives, rats tail radish, cardoon, fennel,

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Post: #274316 MClan
Fri May 24, 2013 2:47 pm

Are any of them likely to be around in the winter? I know the sages will be. Thanks.
Will be checking out your list in more detail later. Ilve never heard of orach before or rat's tail radish.

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Re: Best garden veg

Post: #274326 diggernotdreamer
Fri May 24, 2013 11:07 pm

If you want winter veg, you can try Russian red kale, ragged jack, purple sprouting late and early broccoli, Tuscan black kale, rubine brussel sprout (they are red in colour quite pretty), even leeks probably wouldn't look too awful, Orach is a member of the fat hen family (chenopodium), The rats tail radish I like, it goes to seed very quickly and produces edible pods that taste of radish. Egyptian onions and welsh onions will overwinter and you can pick a few bits off them.

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Re: Best garden veg

Post: #274331 oldjerry
Sat May 25, 2013 11:47 am

Runner Bean 'Painted Lady' would be worth growing just as an ornamental annual climber.Wigwam it in your herbacious bed.Not the highest cropper,but still pretty good.Been in cultivation since the 1600's so can't be that bad.Just remembered,grow some globe artichoke,Scozonera,andFennel as well.

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Post: #274336 Green Aura
Sun May 26, 2013 7:51 am

And some edible flowers - pot marigolds, violas, day lilies, nasturtiums etc. Bronze fennel and other perennial herbs.

I don't know if you've ever seen it but Geoff Hamilton's "Ornamental Kitchen Garden" is well worth a look for ideas (if you can still get hold of it :oops: ).
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Post: #274345 doofaloofa
Sun May 26, 2013 4:54 pm

Rainbow chard FTW

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Post: #274347 diggernotdreamer
Sun May 26, 2013 5:00 pm

Do people really like chard or do they just grow it, I used to grow it every year until my partner said it tasted like ironweed, and I had to agree with him, even the young stuff is a bit irony, so I don't bother anymore
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Post: #274349 doofaloofa
Sun May 26, 2013 5:05 pm

diggernotdreamer wrote:Do people really like chard or do they just grow it, I used to grow it every year until my partner said it tasted like ironweed, and I had to agree with him, even the young stuff is a bit irony, so I don't bother anymore
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It's as tasty as flippin' orach!!

Srsly though it (along with spiach beet)is an aquired taste, but easier to grow (bolting wise) than spinach

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Re: Best garden veg

Post: #274473 donegalwildman
Thu May 30, 2013 8:56 pm

I very much like chard and its close relative perpetual spinach (spinach beet). The chard leaves you can use like spinach, but the leaves are also large enough to use as wraps for fish or chicken. The stems can be steamed or cooked in other ways like asparagus. The great thing about perpetual spinach is you can cut leaves as you need them and it takes 18 months to go to seed, so it's very productive. The coloured chard is also very attractive as mentioned above.

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Re: Best garden veg

Post: #274474 oldjerry
Thu May 30, 2013 10:47 pm

[quote="donegalwildman"]I very much like chard and its close relative perpetual spinach (spinach beet).

I'm staggered.I accept that when you're really hungry,needs must and all that,but 'like very much' ?????

Tastes like old dishcloth to me

Still, wouldn't do if we was all the same would it??!!

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Post: #274569 sleepyowl
Tue Jun 04, 2013 8:29 am

Cherry Tomatoes & chillies look good as fruits in the border, Jerusalem artichokes look like sunflowers, tea which is camellia sinesis, flowering thyme, rosemary, saffron, chamomile, pot marigold, lavender, borage, nasturtiums, courgettes
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Re: Best garden veg

Post: #274572 becks77
Tue Jun 04, 2013 9:35 am

Jerusalem artichokes are good but spread like wild fire,warning , always have mine in a pot!
Herbs , like lavender and rosemary keep going all year and a herb garden foer the summer is lovely. Lettuces do well most of the year and always make me smile in a border :flower:
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Re: Best garden veg

Post: #274594 donegalwildman
Tue Jun 04, 2013 8:32 pm

oldjerry wrote:
donegalwildman wrote:I very much like chard and its close relative perpetual spinach (spinach beet).

I'm staggered.I accept that when you're really hungry,needs must and all that,but 'like very much' ?????

Tastes like old dishcloth to me

Still, wouldn't do if we was all the same would it??!!


It sells very well in the markets in France, too.......";^) I wouldn't be without it.

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Re: Best garden veg

Post: #274596 diggernotdreamer
Tue Jun 04, 2013 9:06 pm

It sells very well in the markets in France, too.......";^) I wouldn't be without it.[/quote]

and they eat frogs legs too


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