664: Growing Flowers to Love Your Veggies.
A Garden Chat with Lisa Ziegler.
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In This Garden Chat:
Every vegetable garden can benefit from having beautiful flowers in and around the area. Beautiful blooms can boost the aesthetics and add a wide pallet of colors. Some flowers can repel unwanted pests, and some flowers can bring in healthy pollinators. Some flowers are even edible. Let’s get in the know with Lisa Ziegler of “Vegetables Love Flowers”.
Lisa Ziegler is a cut-flower farmer, author, and online teacher on organic cut-flower gardening. She has been farming since 1998 in Southeastern Virginia on the Ziegler family homestead. In season this urban three-acre farm produces thousands of stems of flowers and an abundance of vegetables weekly. Lisa has sold her flowers to florists and supermarkets, and at farmer’s markets and her members-only farm market. She loves sharing the experiences she gathers from day-to-day life on the farm. In recent years Lisa’s business, TheGardenersWorkshop.com has grown into an online garden shop and Learning Center that includes resources and online courses for gardeners and farmers.
– Why give up garden space to flowers?
– The surprising percentage of bugs that are harmful
– How much of your garden should be flowers?
– Keys to attracting beneficial insects
– How COVID affected the flower industry
– Succession planting for flowers – how and why
– 3 most powerful beneficial creatures in a garden (even though they are scary)
– Which flowers should you plant?
– Let the plants reseed, or save the seeds and replant?
– Dealing with flea beetles
– Keeping flowers healthy – how much sunshine?
– How many birds do you want in your garden?
– Annuals or perennials?
Books written by Lisa:
Lisa’s Book recommendations:
Bringing Nature Home: How You Can Sustain Wildlife with Native Plants by Douglas W. Tallamy
How to reach Lisa:
Check out Lisa’s podcast episode about growing florals for a farming business.
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