Edible flowers and more!
Hello again everyone,
I have refrained in past to speak much of organic vegetable gardening as all the other bloggers on this site are speaking of such, but today I will give you some insite into the edibles that we grow here in our small urban space.
Daylilies are a wonderful tastey treat! They can be added to salads, stir frys or just eaten on thier own.
Nasturtium are another edible flower, that also acts as a "trap plant" for most veg garden pests will feast on it on not your precious bounty. I always use when growing vegetables and the flowers are so plentiful, there are usually enough for the pests as well as me.
Both the leaves and flowers of Nasturtium have a peppery flavor great for salads. I really like them in salads that have dried berries and nuts as well.
Mant people do not realize, but the berries of the Serviceberry are edible! They are a bit tarte but tastey. I feel every yard has a place for the small statured Serviceberry tree. Beautiful white blooms in spring, edible fruit, and scarlet foliage in fall; and it's native. What's not to love!
Squash flowers are also edible...but you'll have to give up the squash that would follow...mind you, pinch off a few flowers and you will get larger squash of the ones that remain! Again, great in salads.
Even the petals of the humble clover that fills our very small patch of lawn is edible. As well, see the nice, clean cut our reel mower makes on the blade of grass beside! Other edibles common to many peoples yards that I don't have good photos of are Pansies(dipped in egg white and powdered sugar; great for cake/dessert decorating) and the berries of the Elder tree(more like a large shrub).
We are also growing tomatoes, many herbs, 2 varietis of beans, plus we have 2 peach and 2 plum trees. As I spoke in my opening blogg, you can fit many trees, natives, and edibles in a small urban lot: and have it all look fantastic. It is redundant to me to explain why I garden organically, as I feel all you people that read this feel the same, BUT, I really want to show you that it is easy, rewarding, soul-fulfiling and beautiful as well.