May 27, 2014 by Buffy
Last year was our first year to grow flowers in the vegetable garden. Spotty and I had a contest to see who could grow the best sunflower. (He won!) They made me smile every time I saw them. They also reminded of our sweet friends that give us the idea to have a sunflower contest.
So this year we adding a whole row of sunflowers! I can’t wait till they bloom.
We also have a few volunteer ones that came up in the garden from seeds the birds scattered last fall.
We also added an old horse watering trough as a raised bed for flowers at the edge of the garden. It had a large hole in the bottom and was no longer used for the horses. I thought it was perfect until it was time to fill it with soil. Oh my! It was going to take a whole truck load. Then, I remembered seeing everyone growing things in bales of straw. (I’ve never tried it, but what the heck!) I was needing an extra bale of straw to hill the potatoes some more anyway, so I just picked up an extra one. The bale of hay fit right in like it was made for it! I just added a few inches of compost on top and planted my seeds. I planted zinnias, purple cone flowers and a large packet of mixed sunny area flowers.
I hope they grow and bloom. If you don’t have flowers in your vegetable garden you should! They will brighten your days!