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Vegetables are plants with some sort of nutritional value either gathered or specifically grown by farmers to be consumed as food. We readily see familiar vegetables like carrots, potatoes and parsnips on our dinner tables but more and more these days in this diverse culture we live in, supermarkets are flooding their shelves with vegetables from far off lands to fill our plates.
Vegetable growing is having what can only be described as a renaissance at present. Perhaps inspired by wanting to eat healthier and perhaps pushed along by Monty Don's vege garden enthusiasm but either way, more and more people are growing herbs and vegetables. What is great is the fact that you don't need to have a large plot like Tom and Barbara Good and be self sufficient to enjoy the benefits. What is great is the fact that growing vegetables within flower beds not only can look good but the planting can be beneficial to each other in terms of attracting insects away from each other so cutting down on problems.
In Kirman Design's 2006 RHS Show garden at Tatton, 20 out of 39 of the plants displayed in the garden were edible. These included the fabulously coloured Beta vulgaris 'Orange Fantasia' (Swiss chard) and Alliums (Spring or Salad Onions). Beta vulgaris 'Orange Fantasia' planted next to chopping board and salt and pepper set.