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Ornamental Vegetables

Vegetables aren't just good to eat, some of them can spice up your landscape as well.

'Bright Lights' Swiss chard and purple cabbage can make colorful additions to your garden during the winter months. Bronze fennel, 'Red Giant' mustards, and several kinds of lettuce are also lovely, and delicious!

For interest and great flavor, try dinosaur or Tuscan kale with its knobby leaves, and Romanesco broccoli with its bizarre, but tasty, geometric heads.

To avoid pest problems, plant these veggies only during the cooler months. Keep them well watered and fertilized, and in a sunny location.

In warmer months, you can plant peppers, Chinese red beans, and colorful basils.

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