My middle daughter painted her room purple one year, and my husband thought he would go insane. It was too funny watching him cringe every time he went into the room. She loved the color purple, and I have to agree I was a bit apprehensive at first, but it looked great! I am painting my garden with Anthocyanins rich organic foods just like my daughter took a risk and painted her room the color purple.
Due to the health benefits I will be trialing more purple/blue/deep red/orange foods in our urban potager over the next few years. They will be open-pollinated, non GMO, + those that taste the best. I am on the hunt for open-pollinated organic foods that are filled with the colors of anthocyanins!
Anthocyanin pigments are responsible for the “bright red-orange to blue-violet colors of many of the vegetables, fruits, cereal grains, and flowers we grow in our gardens. Bees are attracted to the color purple, blue, yellow , and white. I would say they are pretty smart about what makes them healthy! We need to pay attention to nature, and some of our answers to our health dilemmas will be obvious!
If we learn to grow anthocyanin rich foods on our city lots, we can help our bodies heal + battle illness on a daily basis! We need more scientific research on anthoycyanins, however, isn’t it great we are starting to understand how our foods can battle diseases?
Over the years, we have planted blueberries, raspberries, currents, blackberries, a cherry tree + a plum-tree. This year I am trialing a variety of anthocyanin rich vegetables and fruits such as purple peas, beans, onions,Kale, leafy greens + root vegetables to find out how they taste. Creating a potager is all about combining “colorful vegetables” with flowers + herbs to make a beautiful garden.
The key is learning how to mix and mingle all the different types of plants. You have to plant vegetables that are from the same family .The flowers + herbs you combine are those that are best for helping attract beneficials + repel pests in your garden. These two points are the foundations of your rotating beds. Once you meet the needs of vegetable families + companion plantings your other plants to integrate are based on your own preferences. Some plants may stay in the different beds, for example, I have many perennials that remain in my growing beds season to season. Mine will be different from yours we all are individuals, and an urban potager is an expression of the individual gardener.