Companions…

In 2016 I found my companion planting resource lost from the Internet, and learned the woman who maintained it had passed. Her family was kind enough to pass along to me, and here a year more later, I thought I should return it to the common lexicon.

Here are her words about companion planting

Many plants have natural substances in their roots, flowers, leaves etc. that can alternately repel and/or attract insects depending on your needs. In some situations they can also help enhance the growth rate and flavor of other varieties.

Experience shows us that using companion planting through out the landscape is an important part of integrated pest management. In essence companion planting helps bring a balanced eco-system to your landscape, allowing nature to do its’ job. Nature integrates a diversity of plants, insects, animals, and other organisms into every ecosystem so there is no waste. The death of one organism can create food for another, meaning symbiotic relationships all around. We consider companion planting  to be a holistic concept due to the many intricate levels in which it works with the ecology.

By using companion planting, many gardeners find that they can discourage harmful pests without losing the beneficial allies. There are many varieties of herbs, flowers, etc. that can be used for companion plants. Be open to experimenting and find what works for you. Some possibilities would be using certain plants as a border, backdrop or interplanting in your flower or vegetable beds where you have specific needs. Use plants that are native to your area so the insects you want to attract already know what to look for! Plants with open cup shaped flowers are the most popular with beneficial insects.

Companion planting can combine beauty and purpose to give you an enjoyable, healthy environment. Have fun, let your imagination soar. There are many ways you can find to incorporate these useful plants in your garden, orchard, flower beds etc.

Find the guide here.

Just keep a’keepin’ on.

This year I am trying to keep things simple and enjoyable in the garden.

I ended up planting peas four times. And I still might only get two or three pea plants. Every year there is something that hasn’t done well – peas have been really solid for me the last few years, I guess this is their year. (Or not, rather.)

So, we’ll see what we get.
Positive side to an empty trellis: I’m going to try pole beans!

There are little solutions everywhere!

  • I killed my little tomato starts. Solution: buy them from a friend!
  • My eggplants didn’t sprout. Solution: buy them from Welcome Table Farm.

Some days, Sunset Magazine et. al. can make you feel like everything needs to be perfect, and you can drive yourself crazy thinking that way. If I remind myself I just want to grow some beautiful food to eat, then it stops mattering.

15 days ago, pretty then—wait until you see now.

15 days ago, pretty then—wait until you see now.