Small gardens need to look their best year round and usually have no room for a separate vegetable garden, but with a little imagination, vegetables can look striking alongside flowers and produce a tasty harvest, too.
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Climbing vegetables are ideal where space is limited because they will produce a big crop from a small patch of soil. In this border, a wigwam of runner beans towers over dwarf French beans and the feathery foliage of carrots, while nasturtiums, yellow marigolds and a pot of petunias add welcome color. The silvery, thistlelike foliage of perennial globe artichokes gives permanent structure to the border, while its flower buds make a delicious dish.
Excerpted from Simple Steps: Vegetable Gardening
© Dorling Kindersley Limited 2007
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