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Cherie Varah will be researching the best websites and offering to you her advice on gardening.  Cherie is an Arctic Gardener, she has lived in Alaska for over 40 years.  She is able to grow oranges in her house during the winter, her gardens bloom each spring with a variety of fruits, vegetables and flowers.

 

This week I will discuss Companion Gardening and give you updates on what I planted last week.  Last week I planter Super Boy Tomatoes in 2″ pots, let’s see how they are doing.

My super boy hybrid tomatoes are staying moist but have not sprouted yet, they usually take 10 or more days, stay with it, you will be glad you did.

You may not think you want or need to plant all the seeds in one package but if you have the room, why not. You can give a few away or sell for a dollar.  I have been saving my yogurt containers, I punch small holes in the bottom and use for extra pots, plus the Styrofoam meat and sea food trays are good for under neath the pots. During the summer make a list for some of these things to save.

I did plant Red Cherry Tomatoes just the other day and this package has so many seeds that I gave two of my friends seeds and still have more after planting three in each of my six yogurt pots!!!

Ready for Zucchini?  I will be planting mine right into a 12 inch rectangle pot that I use on my picnic table in the summer, when they are bigger I will put them in 5 gallon pots or into the garden. I have started my Zucchini year after year to early, my living room has been filled with blooming Zucchini plants, a bit over whelming.

My Nasturtiums are doing great, I have transplanted a few in a five inch colored pot for a Easter Gift for my girls.

 

Happy Planting from Our Garden to Yours

 

Here is a list of several good reasons to companion garden. You will find a useful link at the bottom of page.

 

Companion Planting The Natural Way to Gardening

Companion Planting

Companion planting is based around the idea that certain plants can benefit others when planted next to, or close to one another.

Companion planting exists to benefit certain plants by giving them pest control, naturally without the need to use chemicals, and in some cases they can give a higher crop yield .

Generally, companion planting is thought of as a small-scale gardening practice, but it can be applied on larger-scale operations. It has been proven that by having a beneficial crop in a nearby field that attracts certain insects away from a neighboring field that has the main crop can prove very beneficial. This action is called trap cropping.

While companion planting has a long history, the benefits of companion planting have not always been understood. Traditional recommendations, for companion planting have been used by gardeners for a long time, but recent tests are proving scientifically, that they work.

Other ways that companion planting can be beneficial is to plant a crop like any Legumes, on an area where it will feed nitrogen into the soil, then it will not be necessary to use any chemical fertilizers for the next crop.

The African marigold, along with other plants, are  well known for companion planting, as they exude chemicals from their roots or aerial parts that suppress or repel pests and protect neighboring plants.

Companion planting also exists in a physical way. For example, tall-growing, sun-loving plants may share space with lower-growing, shade-tolerant species, resulting in higher total yields from the land. This is called spatial interaction, and can also yield pest control benefits, for example, the presence of the prickly vines is said to discourage raccoons from ravaging sweet corn.

Another type of companion planting is called Nurse cropping, where tall or dense-canopied plants may protect more vulnerable plants through shading or by providing a windbreak. For example, oats have long been used to help establish alfalfa and other forages by supplanting the more competitive weeds that would otherwise grow in their place. In many instances, nurse cropping is simply another form of physical-spatial interaction.

Beneficial habitats-sometimes called refugia-are another type of companion planting that has received a lot of attention in recent years. The benefit is derived when companion plants provide a good environment for beneficial insects, and other arthropods, especially those predatory and parasitic species that help to keep pest populations in check.

Companion Planting is enjoyable and rewarding.

To find out more on Companion planting visit the site:

Companion Planting

 

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