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Old 03-20-2008, 07:29 AM   #31
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You aren't planning on eating the zinnias are you?

No , they are just food for the soul
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Old 03-20-2008, 07:34 AM   #32
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I always plant flowers among my veggies and herbs. They add a lot of color, attract butterflies and insects that pollenate the veg and they make the garden look great There are many edible flowers to choose from too. Just to a web-search for edible flowers.
I plant marigolds, basil and chives as companion plants with my veggie garden, to discourage nematodes and other pests. It's a square garden, so the inside and outside corners get the marigolds. Here's a photo from a couple of years ago.
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Old 03-20-2008, 07:45 AM   #33
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I'm probably a week or so late but I'm starting my eggplants and peppers today. I can plant around mother's day here, maybe a little later.
There's not much I'm not planting this year!
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Old 03-20-2008, 12:15 PM   #34
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I plant marigolds, basil and chives as companion plants with my veggie garden, to discourage nematodes and other pests. It's a square garden, so the inside and outside corners get the marigolds. Here's a photo from a couple of years ago.
That looks nice. If I had more room in my yard I'd like to try that! (Previous owners had a thing for pavement, and a trampoline pit--what a waste of perfectly good yard space!)

You could actually count marigolds as food though. You can use the petals to garnish salads and such. Pansies too. I prefer to leave mine in the ground though.

btw, is that turtle real?
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Old 03-20-2008, 12:24 PM   #35
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(Previous owners had a thing for pavement, and a trampoline pit--what a waste of perfectly good yard space!)
maybe you could grow mexican jumping beans?
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Old 03-20-2008, 12:45 PM   #36
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That looks nice. If I had more room in my yard I'd like to try that! (Previous owners had a thing for pavement, and a trampoline pit--what a waste of perfectly good yard space!)

You could actually count marigolds as food though. You can use the petals to garnish salads and such. Pansies too. I prefer to leave mine in the ground though.

btw, is that turtle real?
That garden is only a 10'x12' space. I'd get DH to rent a (shoot, what is the name for that tool that breaks concrete?) or get a sledgehammer and get rid of the pavement.

I might try the marigolds in salad - that sounds interesting. The turtle is actually a water sprinkler.
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a jackhammer?

you need a big belly to hang over the handle to operate one properly, gg.
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Old 03-20-2008, 12:47 PM   #38
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There ya go! Thanks, Bt.

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you need a big belly to hang over the handle to operate one properly, gg.
AHHHH! My DH doesn't qualify - good thing our yard was practically empty when we bought the place
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Old 03-20-2008, 12:55 PM   #39
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a jackhammer?

you need a big belly to hang over the handle to operate one properly, gg.

Well I qualify for that one, I just don't think my doc would recommend it. Might jiggle the baby out.

Seriously though, I'd love more than anything to get a jackhammer and haul the cement away and fill in the pit. But I think it would be cheaper for us just to buy a new house--which is the long term plan. (Long term as in, hopefully about 5 years).
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