Fruits and veggies like apples, tomatoes and potatoes are the first things that come to mind when most of us think about growing our own food.
But what about adding some color to your garden, I know I'm more familiar with the companion flowers such as Marigolds, geraniums and tansy's.
So how about some edible flowers to add to those salads or other dishes.
As with all flowers you plan to eat, avoid using pesticides, herbicides or fungicides on leaves, flowers or stems for your own health and safety. And never cook blooms from a florist or harvest flowers from a roadside or public park, as these picks may also be contaminated with toxins.
Also, only eat the parts of each flower that are edible. Other sections may be tough on your stomach. For more rules of thumb for cooking edible flowers, check out this guide from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension.