A garden that produces food does not only mean that it is growing fruits and vegetables. Planting edible plants and flowers can add color and life to your garden without reducing the number of your fruits and vegetables. It will also provide something new for your appetite. You can include them in your desserts, soups and salads.
- Nasturtiums. Nasturtiums are quick growing flowers that require little maintenance. They are completely edible that you can eat the seeds, flowers, leaves and stems. The leaves and blossoms are perfect for salads because of its somewhat spicy taste. It is packed with iron and vitamin C. The buds can be utilized as capers. Beginner gardeners can grow this flower easily because it can survive even a poor soil and can grow in little or full sun exposure. This flower needs regular water and can thrive in bare area in the garden or plant container.
- Violets. Violets are considered weeds and they grow in yellow, white and purple flowers that can be used for dessert such as jelly and salads as well. Because it is a weed, it spreads fast and easily and is perfect as ground covers. Violets are delicate flowers that need shade. It can survive full sun exposure with regular watering. There are other flowers that look like violets and are poisonous so you better be careful in eating them.
- Daylilies. This is common in almost all states in the U.S. and is considered as a happy flower. Regular watering and ample sunlight is all they need to thrive. They may grow in your garden without you knowing they exist. It is like squash blossoms that have delicate but tasty petals which is good when deep fried or battered. It is commonly used in Asian dishes but can also be included in your soups and salads. Make sure to consume them right away because they can be bad when left for so many hours. You can sauté the young buds with oil and garlic and the tuberous roots is as great as potatoes. Most lilies should not be eaten because they are not edible so make sure that what you are eating are daylilies.