Vegetable vs. Flower Gardens, Part 2: Vegetable Gardens

Posted on Jul 17, 2018 9:00:00 AM by Stephanie Morgan


Some people have the luxury of a sprawling yard, or even acres of land. If you’re one of these lucky people, you should take full advantage of your land and plant as many different things as possible. If you’re like me, and most people however, you have limited space to garden in. You’ll need to carefully choose what you plant in order to make the most of the area you have. One of the first things you’ll need to consider if this is new to you is what kind of garden you want to have: a vegetable garden or a flower garden? 

While there are some flowers that can be planted with vegetables, it’s important to do your research about which types to use if you plan on creating a combined garden. If this is your first time gardening, you might want to stick with one or the other this time around. In this blog we’ll go over the benefits and downsides of having a vegetable garden, and in our next blog we’ll do the same for flowers, so that you have enough information to make the right decision for you. Here are some things to consider about a vegetable garden while you’re deciding which one to go with.

Probably the biggest benefit of having a vegetable garden is the fact that you’re growing your own food. Not only is this a great way to save money, but you’re also growing the freshest food possible. Your farm to table time is practically 60 seconds! This is also really great if you’re conscious about the environment and the chemicals that are applied to the food you consume. After all, you can’t get more “locally sourced” than your own yard.

Another benefit is that kids love growing vegetables. While some kids love flowers just as much, the consensus amongst children seems to be that veg gardens are more interesting. Since you’ll have the kids around all day, the summer is a great time to have a veggie garden to look after and tend to.

One of the downsides to veggie gardens is that they’re more susceptible to pests. Since you’re literally growing food, you’ll need to keep an eye out for garden pests even more than you would with flowers.

Vegetable gardens also tend to take up more room, and more time. Before you decide on vegetables, make sure you have enough space for them to grow properly. This means writing down the different crops you’re considering and doing a little bit of research and math. You’ll also need to be more invested in a vegetable garden, timewise. You’ll need to check on it every day and be very consistent with watering and weed removal.

If you decide on planting a vegetable garden but want some help getting started, you can always hire a landscaper, even if just to get started. A gardening professional will be able to help you pick the right crops and plant them in the correct way to ensure you have an abundant harvest.

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Topics: San Joaquin Valley, General Info, Gardens