Your summer garden doesn't have to just be vegetables. Plant an assortment of picking flowers that can be used for in the house or to give to friends. this year we did Benary's Giant Zinnias and sunflowers which are doing very well and have given us a ton of flowers this summer. Perhaps next year we will explore a couple other species.
Zinnias are a favorite because they are hardy and bloom all summer long. An assorted color pack gives you a wide variety to choose from the whole summer.
One of my favorite companies to buy our garden seeds from is Seedsavers.org - here's a link to their Benary's Giant Zinnia.
The kids also enjoy planting the flowers because they can pick them all summer long for mom.
Aunt Cati sent Bentley a package of sunflowers for his fifth birthday. This year. The kids both enjoyed planting them in the spring (big fat seeds are easy for kids to see and plant) and are now figuring out what these huge plants are ....Sunflowers!!!!
The sight of the first sunflowers brought back one of my forgotten memories of being in Germany. I was located out in the country side and would walk 2-3 miles to town on the weekends to grab a train. On the side of the road one of the farmers planted a stock of flowers that you could self pick With a box on the side for donations (At least that's what I translated the sign to say per my German translation dictionary). I would stop in every weekend to pick a couple flowers for where I was staying and give a small donation of what I could afford.
This is a great memory and brilliant idea. Perhaps one for the future of our Farm.