Are you part of the growing ‘veggimentals’ trend?
Focusing on health and nutrition, different trends in vegetable gardening began with ‘Farm to Fork’, ‘Grow Your Own’ and ‘Ornamedibles’. Vegetables moved from the side to the centre of the plate and in many restaurants, in an effort to limit waste, there was a move towards a ‘Stem to Leaf’ approach with parts of a vegetable that used to be discarded now served in new ways.
Stems of broccoli were shaved and served in salads, raw baby marrow ribbons became a tasty salad, and cauli-rice was served as a low-calorie substitute.
Contemporary gardeners want their vegetable gardens to be stylish, colourful and elegant and a new gardening term, ‘veggimentals’, has been coined to describe this new trend as a marriage of the traditional with the informal where vegetables, herbs and flowers are grown in blocks, clusters, triangles and verticals, resulting in better pollination. Early autumn is a good time for a general clean-up, for planting trees and shrubs, and for preparing beds for spring bulbs and annuals.
Colours, textures and shapes are central to the design, not only in plants but also in structures. Gates, pots, supports and obelisks are painted in bold colours and paths are edged in a variety of materials, such as angled weathered bricks, rope edgings or terracotta tiles.
This month, plant a winter soup garden – choose seedlings of broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, celery, Swiss chard and spinach and plant them among your ornamentals!
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