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Vegetable, Herb and Mostly Native Pollinator Garden


Name: Vegetable, Herb and Mostly Native Pollinator Garden

Open to the public: No

County: Cabarrus

USDA Hardiness Zone: 8a (2023)

Extension Demonstration Garden? No

Approximate year the garden/landscape was established: ca. 2015

What to look for: This garden is a constantly changing, densely planted area filled with practical and beautiful plants. It includes vegetables and herbs, for the family’s consumption, as well as ornamental flowers (mostly native species) for the benefit of pollinators. Attracting pollinators helps ensure that the vegetables are also pollinated.

Horticulture: The vegetable garden began with the installation of a cedar raised bed in 2015. In 2018, we expanded the garden to include pollinator plants.  An invasive nandina was removed in 2019, along with an ash tree infested with Emerald Ash Borer.  These removals made space for more pollinator plants and herbs.  

In 2020, a small fence was added to exclude rabbits. The owner practices an annual rotation of vegetables in the beds to reduce insect and disease pressures.  In 2021, Purple-Hull Peas (Vigna unguiculata) were planted to introduce nitrogen into the soil and to give it a rest from being over-planted with the same crop families year after year.  The owners allowed kale (planted in 2019) to reseed itself in the garden. 

In the summer of 2022, a second cedar bed and a cedar strawberry pyramid were added.