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(for ixia) Roses or Tomatoes?

by seejane
on 2/18/2010 @ 11:15am
We recently moved and the new place has no landscaping in the back yard. I'll be adding a raised bed across the back of the building. It'll get okay Southern light and lots of Western light.

So what shall I plant. Roses because I really love them or tomatoes so I can can them this fall?

We have a large vegetable garden and orchard in Pacific County, so I have access to fresh vegetable almost year 'round. (we're still picking carrots, parsnips and leeks). Tomatoes do not grow well at all in that coastal cool moist air.

by KevinFreitas on 2/18/2010 @ 11:26am
Hmm, I have both roses and tomatoes in my back yard in separate spots. Could the two co-exist? If you have to choose though I'd vote tomatoes. Roses may look good and smell sweet but, to me, there's nothing like a fresh-off-the-vine tomato!

by L.S.Erhardt on 2/18/2010 @ 3:14pm
Plant both.

I'm a big fan of growing flowers and veggies together. If you know which ones to plant, you can eliminate bugs too.

Plant roses and tomatoes together (roses on the inside of the bed, tomatoes on the perimeter). BUT also throw in marigolds and garlic at random all over the bed. The garlic is good for eating, and the marigolds look pretty. And the marigolds & the garlic help keep away the bad insects. FYI, marigolds repel aphids like nothing else.

by Maria on 2/18/2010 @ 11:35pm
If you already have access to fresh veggies, I'd say roses, and lots of annuals for bouquets/entertaining. Sunflowers, anemones, ranunculus, peonies, sweet peas, zinnias. Mmmm. And maybe a tiny kitchen garden (green onions, rosemary, basil, cilantro, sage, oregano, one tomato plant, mixed salad, etc.) in case you run out of your long distance stash.

by Mofo from the Hood on 2/19/2010 @ 4:14pm
Oh man...This post has one of those wiseguy titles.

I thought ixia had made another controversial announcement.

(When she's nice, she's very nice. And when she's bad, she's not that bad. So neither roses or tomatoes. Dahlia's.)