Gardening Tips

VEGETABLE COMPANION GROWING GUIDE: Many of my customers are having planting issues what plants grow good with other and which one's don't. I found this chart to be one of the best tools that is easy to read and understand. Additional Tips for Your Vegetable Garden Some plants, especially herbs, act as repellents, confusing insects with their strong odors that mask the scent of the intended host plants. Dill and basil planted among tomatoes protect the tomatoes from hornworms, and sage scattered about the cabbage patch reduces injury from cabbage moths. Marigolds are as good as gold when grown with just about any garden plant, repelling beetles, nematodes, and even animal pests. Some companions act as trap plants, luring insects to themselves. Nasturtiums, for example, are so favored by aphids that the devastating insects will flock to them instead of other plants. Carrots, dill, parsley, and parsnip attract garden heroes -\-\ praying mantises, ladybugs, and spiders -\-\ that dine on insect pests. Much of companion planting is common sense:
Lettuce, radishes, and other quick-growing plants sown between hills of melons or winter squash will mature and be harvested long before these vines need more leg room. Leafy greens like spinach and Swiss chard grown in the shadow of corn Sunflowers appreciate the dapple shade that corn casts and, since their roots occupy different levels in the soil, don't compete for water and nutrients. Happy Spring Planting and Planning. -KP ( www.rollingplanter.com )