Thursday, June 4, 2009

plant list for 2009

Certain fruit and vegetable plants were selected for several reasons:
  • Easy to grow (chard, kale, lettuces, pole beans, snap peas, herbs, strawberries, tomatoes...)
  • Popular (tomatoes, peppers, strawberries, herbs, zucchini, snap peas, baby lettuces...)
  • Interesting colors and textures (chard, kales, mustards, baby lettuces, summer squash, pak choy, broccoli raab, various sages...)
  • Useful (everything!)
Flowering plants were also selected for various reasons:
  • Long flowering period or overlapping flowering periods
  • Various heights, textures and colors
  • Regarded as good companion plants for many edibles (marigolds, nasturtium, borage, oregano, monarda...)
  • Regarded as good for attracting beneficial insects (monarda, alyssum, bachelor buttons, lavender, echinacea, rudbeckia)
Here's a list of the plants used in the U of M edible landscape (click to enlarge).

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