Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Vegetable Gardens A nd The Friends That Help Each Other The Most

This might not be what you think when you read the title of this post. We are talking about planing out your vegetable garden. Those plants that play nice together and those that do not. We are talking today about the ones that play nice together. They are good friends they like to be near each other.

By planting certain flowers, herbs, and vegetables together, you create the conditions each needs to grow and thrive. Companion plants help each other out by supplying nutrients the others need, or by warding off insects. Plant the following "friends" side by side in your garden and watch the results. Vegetables and the companions that they enjoy:

* Asparagus enjoys being with Tomatoes
* Beans enjoys being with Beats, cabbages, carrots, cauliflower, cucumbers, and potatoes
* Beets enjoys being with Beans, kohlrabi, onions
* Cabbage enjoys being with Chamomile, dill, mints, potatoes, rosemary, and sage
* Carrots enjoys being with Chives, leeks, lettuce
* Cauliflower enjoys being with Celery
* Celery enjoys being with Cauliflower, leeks, tomatoes
* Corn enjoys being with Beans, cucumbers, melons, peas, potatoes, pumpkins, squash
* Cucumbers enjoy being with Cabbages, potatoes, radishes
* Eggplant enjoys being with Green beans
* Kohlrabi enjoys being with Beets, onions
* Leeks enjoys being with Carrots, lettuce, radishes, strawberries
* Lettuce enjoys being with Carrots, radishes, strawberries
* Onions enjoys being with Beets
* Peas enjoy being with Beans, carrots, corn, cucumbers, radishes, turnips
* Potatoes enjoys being with Beans, cabbages, corn
* Pumpkins enjoys being with Corn
* Radishes enjoys being with Chervil, cucumbers, lettuce, peas
* Spinach enjoys being with Strawberries
* Tomatoes enjoys being with Asparagus, celery, marigolds, and parsley

This is a great way to lower the cost of your food bill this year. This will help you plan out the plant that should be next to each other. This is a good time to be thinking about the vegetable garden. Even if you have just a small space to grow plants. Use it to the best advantage, your dinner table. It can feed you now and into the winter by canning what you do not use now. Enjoy the harvest.

Do not be afraid of sharing with your friends the harvest that you bring in. It helps those in need as well, share it with the food banks they always need the help.

Copyright Dan and Deanna Finlinson "Marketing Unscrambled"


Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Deanna and Dan .. well done for starting to do your garden; I live in the middle of town & only a few pots - but I'm aware of planting companions to get the best results.

We all need to start growing our own .. and in England allotments are on the rise, as are sharing someone else's garden if they've got too big an area, or are getting too old to manage - seems a good idea to me ..

Enjoy your produce ..

Hilary Melton-Butcher
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Deanna said...

Hilary, it is good to see you here. Container gardening is also a great way to do gardens. We will be talking about that later. It is good to help yourself by growing a garden. Thank you for your comments
Dan and Deanna "Marketing Unscrambled"