If you’re taking part in National Gardening Week 2015, you may be looking for some ideas and inspiration.
Growing edible flowers is certainly one way to get in the spirit! Not only will you have fun growing these plants, but you’ll also learn a whole lot about their potential along the way.
Edible flowers add flavour, colour and texture to lots of different dishes, and make a fantastic contribution towards oils, butters and cordials. Best of all, they can be grown from home, in your own back garden, using plant pots or raised vegetable beds.
Things to Consider
Before you embark on your exciting flower growing journey, you first need to check that the plants you are growing are in fact edible and safe to eat. If you’re concerned about eating your edible plants, contact the RHS for help with identification.
It's best to use flowers straight away when you pick them or keep them contained in a plastic bag in the fridge for a couple of days. Drying or freezing flowers is a good option when creating infusions however.
To keep colours and flavours intense, pick buds and young flowers on dry mornings. You will generally only need the petals so stamens can be removed. Keep your flowers pesticide free and don’t let your pets leave anything nasty near them!
Instead of using pesticides to deal with insects and diseases, cut your plants back to encourage regrowth.
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