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  1. Organic Gardening #6 – Layout and Planting

    May 27, 2013 by Jocelyn

    Generally, Memorial Day weekend has been the time I’ve used to get my garden started. It’s normally warm enough for me to plant all of my veggies, but not this year! Our growing season is currently about 2-4 weeks behind schedule, and the only things I have in my garden so far are cabbage, beets, peas, spinach, and onions. I was hoping that by now I would at least have a few good garden planting progress photos for you, but alas, it wasn’t meant to be!

    The temperatures have been cooler than normal, averaging highs in the mid-forties over the past week or so, and it has been windy as heck! Yuck. I had my tomato plants outside yesterday for a couple hours, and they looked pretty sad after just a few hours.

    For now, most of my garden is covered in black plastic so the soil will warm up more quickly. I’ve designed a layout plan for my garden, taking crop rotation and companion planting into account, which you can see below.

    Garden Design

    Read my Companion Planting post if you’d like more details about plant placement!

    So, once it’s actually warm enough to plant, it’s going to be a frantic rush to get everything done.

    My Planting Process:

    • Remove the layer of plastic, and pull any remaining weeds.
    • Then add a layer of compost, and work it into the soil.
    • Before planting anything I set all of my pots on the dirt where I’m intending to plant them to see if everything fits the way I’d like.
    • At this point, I will likely lay down the soaker hose I purchased this year, then just plant around that.
    • And last but not least, plant all the things!!

    Hopefully I will be updating you all soon with news of warmer weather and some great photos of my plants in the garden!

    Thank you to all of our  service men and women; Happy Memorial Day.  Thanks for reading!

  2. Companion Planting in the Vegetable Garden

    June 6, 2009 by Jocelyn

    Last year my garden neighbor had a beautiful garden with flowers, herbs and veggies all mixed together.  It got me thinking, and this year I’m doing some research on companion planting.

    As it turns out, certain vegetables will do better or worse depending on what plants are growing around it.  It makes sense when you think about it.  Certain plants take more of different nutrients, or even attract or repel pests.

    For instance, basil is a great companion for tomatoes and peppers, as they help improve growth and flavor.  Basil is also known to repel flies and mosquitoes (not particularly beneficial for the plants, but nice for us!)  Another combination that I’m going to try is planting dill and radishes near my cucumbers. Radishes are supposed to repel cucumber beetles, and dill supposedly helps attract “beneficial predators.”  I’m hoping this will work because last year my cukes didn’t fare too well against the pests.

    Here are the charts I used from Tinker’s Gardens:

    Vegetable Companion Planting Chart

    Plant Good Companions Bad Companions
    Basil Pepper, Tomato, Marigold
    Bush Beans Beets, Cabbage, Carrots,
    Cauliflower, Celeriac, Celery, Chard, Corn,
    Cucumbers, Eggplant, Leek, Lettuce, Parsnip,
    Pea, Potato, Radish, Rosemary, Strawberry,
    Savory, Sunflower, Tansy, Marigold
    Basil, Fennel, Kohlrabi, Onion
    Pole Beans Carrots, Cauliflower,
    Chard, Corn Cucumber, Eggplant, Lettuce,
    Marigold, Pea, Potato, Radish, Rosemary, Savory,
    Strawberry, Tansy
    Basil, Beets, Cabbage, Fennel,
    Kohlrabi, Onion, Radish, Sunflower
    Beets Bush Beans, Cabbage family,
    Lettuce, Lima Bean, Onion, Radish, Sage
    Mustard, Pole Bean
    Cabbage Family Bush Beans, Beets, Carrot,
    Celery, Cucumber, Dill, Lettuce, Mint,
    Nasturtium, Onions, Rosemary, Sage, Spinach,
    Thyme, All Strong Herbs, Marigold, Nasturtium
    Pole Bean, Strawberry, Tomato
    Carrots Beans, Brussels sprouts, Cabbage,
    Chives, Lettuce, Leek, Onion, Peas, Radish,
    Rosemary, Sage, Tomato
    Celery, Dill, Parsnip
    Celery Almost everything except
    —> —> —> —>
    Carrot, Parsley, Parsnip
    Corn All Beans, Beets, Cabbage,
    Cantaloupe, Cucumber, Melons, Parsley, Peas,
    Early Potatoes, Pumpkin, Squash
    Cucumbers Bush Beans, Pole Beans, Cabbage
    family, Corn, Dill, Eggplant, Lettuce, Marigold,
    Nasturtium,  Onions, Peas, Radish, Tomato,
    Savory, Sunflower, No Strong Herbs
    Eggplant Bush Beans, Pole Beans, Peas,
    Peppers, Potato, Spinach
    Lettuce Everything, but especially
    Carrots, Garlic, Onion and Radish
    — none —
    Melon Corn, Nasturtium, Radish Potato
    Onion Beets, Cabbage family, Carrots,
    Celery, Cucumber, Lettuce, Parsnip, Pepper,
    Spinach, Squash, Strawberries, Tomato, Turnip,
    Asparagus, Beans, Peas, Sage
    Parsley Tomato — none —
    Peas Bush Beans, Pole Beans, Carrots,
    Celery, Chicory, Corn Cucumber, Eggplant,
    Parsley, Early Potato, Radish, Spinach,
    Strawberry, Sweet pepper, Turnips
    Onion, Late Potato
    Potato Bush bean, Cabbage family,
    Carrot, Corn, Horseradish, Marigold, Onion,
    Parsnip, Peas
    Cucumber, Kohlrabi, Parsnip,
    Pumpkin, Rutabaga, Squash family, Sunflower,
    Turnip, Fennel,
    Radish Beet, Bush Beans, Pole Beans,
    Carrots, Cucumber, Lettuce, Melons, Nasturtium,
    Parsnip, Peas, Spinach, Squash family
    Spinach Celeriac, Celery, Corn, Eggplant,
    Squash Corn, Onion, Radish
    Strawberry Bush Beans, Lettuce, Nasturtium,
    Onion, Radish, Spinach
    Cabbage, Potato
    Tomato Asparagus, Basil, Bean, Cabbage
    family, Carrots, Celery, Chive, Cucumber,
    Garlic, Head lettuce, Marigold, Mint,
    Nasturtium, Onion, Parsley, Pepper, Marigold
    Pole beans, Corn Dill, Fennel,

    Herb Companion Chart

    Herb Companions Bad Companions
    Pests Repelled
    Basil Tomatoes Rue Flies, Mosquitoes
    Borage Tomatoes, Squash, Strawberries Tomato Worm
    Caraway Loosens soil. Dill
    Catnip Eggplant Flea Beetle, Ants
    Chamomile Cabbage, Onion
    Coriander Aphids
    Chervil Radish
    Chives Carrots
    Dead Nettle Potatoes Potato Bug
    Dill Cabbage Caraway Carrots
    Fennel Most plants dislike
    Feverfew Roses attracts aphids away other plants
    Flax Carrots, Potatoes Potato Bug
    Garlic Roses, Raspberries Japanese Beetle, Aphids
    Horseradish Potatoes Potato Bug
    Henbit Insect Repellent
    Hyssop Cabbage, Grapes Radishes Cabbage Moth
    Lavender Southernwood, rosemary, wormwood
    Moths –
    Marigolds Plant everywhere in garden Mexican Bean Beetles, Nematodes,
    Mint Cabbage, Tomatoes Cabbage Moth, aphids, flea beetles
    Nasturtium Radishes, Cabbage, Cucurbits, fruit
    Aphids, Squash Bugs, Striped Pumpkin
    Pennyroyal Roses Flies, Mosquitoes, Fleas, others
    Petunia Beans
    Pot Marigold Tomatoes Tomato Worm, Asparagus Beetles,
    Pyrethrums Dried flower, repels insects
    Rosemary Cabbage, Beans Carrots, Sage Cabbage Moth, Bean Beetle, Carrot Fly
    Rue Roses and Raspberries Sweet Basil Japanese Beetles
    Sage Rosemary, Cabbage, Carrots Cucumbers Cabbage Moth, Carrot Fly, Flea
    Beetle, Slugs
    Southernwood Cabbages Cabbage Moth
    Sow Thistle Tomatoes, Onion, CornPlant sparsely


    Summer Savory Beans Bean Beetles
    Tansy Fruit Trees, Roses, Raspberries Flying Insects, Japanese Beetles,
    Striped Cucumber Beetles, Squash Bugs, Ants, Flies
    Thyme Cabbage Cabbage Worm
    Wormwood Plant as a border to repel animals
    Yarrow Plant near aromatic herbs, enhance
    essential oils.

    *Data courtesy of  The Texas Agricultural Extension Service.

    After a bit of puzzling, here is the chart I devised for my garden.  (click to see the larger version)


    This is my rough draft, and I may end up changing things a bit as I go.  I just put my tomatoes and peppers in the ground on Wednesday, and have also planted some onion sets, lettuce, basil, and bean seeds.  Hopefully our cold weather won’t persist for too long so my plants will finally have good growing conditions!