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  1. 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
    Tomato
    Cucumbers Bush Beans, Pole Beans, Cabbage
    family, Corn, Dill, Eggplant, Lettuce, Marigold,
    Nasturtium,  Onions, Peas, Radish, Tomato,
    Savory, Sunflower, No Strong Herbs
    Potato
    Eggplant Bush Beans, Pole Beans, Peas,
    Peppers, Potato, Spinach
    Fennel
    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,
    Savory
    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
    Hyssop
    Spinach Celeriac, Celery, Corn, Eggplant,
    Cauliflower
    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,
    Potato


    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,
    others
    Mint Cabbage, Tomatoes Cabbage Moth, aphids, flea beetles
    Nasturtium Radishes, Cabbage, Cucurbits, fruit
    trees
    Aphids, Squash Bugs, Striped Pumpkin
    Beetle
    Pennyroyal Roses Flies, Mosquitoes, Fleas, others
    Petunia Beans
    Pot Marigold Tomatoes Tomato Worm, Asparagus Beetles,
    others
    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)

    companion-planting1

    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!


  2. Community Garden Excitement

    May 19, 2009 by Jocelyn

    Last week was my first time at my new community garden plot.  While it’s still a bit too cold to start planting, we went to work installing a new door into the garden and re-installing some fencing.  It felt great to get out in the dirt again.  Looking for a Community Garden Program near you?  Try the ACGA website.

    This year will be my second year with the Community Garden program.  Last year I was disappointed when the deer got in not once- but twice, and ate everything in sight.  This year I have a new plot at a new garden, which has a tall fence and is way nicer!  I’m so excited because the soil is wonderful, and the garden is right across the street from where I’m going to be living.

    Hopefully my garden will come close to comparing with this one!  ;)

    Vegetable Garden

    Photo Credit: Cneuman

    I learned a lot of lessons last year, and I think this year is going to be much more successful!  I’m going to weed my plot really well this year before I plant anything, and I’m also going to add some organic compost a few weeks before planting.

    Because I’m in zone 3, I’m going to wait until early June to plant most of my stuff.  I’ll probably plant onions and potatoes within the next week or so.  I’ve already started my tomatoes and peppers from seed, so hopefully I won’t have to buy any plants this year.  I’m also planning on sowing bush beans, romaine lettuce, spinach, zucchini and basil plants from seed.  I’m also thinking of trying to grow eggplant this year, but I don’t know much about it.  Has anyone grown eggplant before?  If so, let me know if you have any tips for me!

    I will try to get some pics of my site up sometime soon.  I don’t have a camera of my own right now:(  Luckily, I have someone who let’s me borrow theirs for the time being, so watch for photos!

    There can be no other occupation like gardening in which, if you were to creep up behind someone at their work, you would find them smiling.  ~Mirabel Osler