Organic Gardening with Fun Plants

| 6/19/2018 9:29:00 AM

Tags: vegetable gardening, Carole Coates, North Carolina,


We’re serious gardeners around here, but we like to have fun in the garden, too. Every year we try to plant at least one thing just for fun. Sometimes the challenge is keeping it to just one or two. There are just so many fun possibilities. Each year we try something different. Sometimes my choices surprise me and we add them to my list of must-plants.

Fun Edible Plants

We began planting scarlet runner beans for their beautiful bright red flowers. But then we discovered that the beans are edible. They’ve become one of our favorites, so scarlet runners get some extra garden space these days.


Scarlet runner bean blossoms add color and encourage pollinators to the garden. Photo by Carole Coates

Growing our own popcorn sounded fun, too, and the grandchildren got a kick out of discovering that popcorn really did grow on cornstalks. Our crop wasn’t a resounding success since the growing season here is so short, so this was a one-year crop. But it was fun while it lasted.

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