Ornamental Vegetables

We mostly grow vegetables to eat, but did you know you can grow certain vegetables for their looks?

Ornamental vegetables provide color to containers and landscape. In the northern United States, we really can't grow flowers in winter because of the freezing temperatures. Some vegetables can tolerate the cold well,and growers have developed beautiful varieties to be enjoyed in fall and winter.

Let's look at some common winter ornamental...

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Swiss Chard - A Love Story... with Recipes

Oh, how I love, love, love Swiss Chard...

It's not the most popular vegetable here in the United States, and I didn't grow up eating it. Until about 15 years ago, it never even crossed my mind to grow it. 

The suggestion to grow Swiss Chard came from Mel Bartholomew's Square Foot Gardening books. The author suggests many vegetables to grow in a square foot garden, including Swiss Chard, and he raves about how wonderful it is. I gave...

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