>> Friday, April 24, 2009
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I have had a lot of fun making my garden spot. I have some pictures, however my daughter used her camera and she lost the cord so pictures will be forth coming.
I did spend a bit more on manure and peat moss as well as some other decorative items however I have not done much gardening in the past few years and I want to get some things caught up around here and looking nice.
I will not be planting my seedlings until mid May so I have a bit of to decide which flowers I would like to border or fill in around my veggie plants. The author, Patricia Lanza suggest planting certain herbs and flowers with veggies for optimal planting she calls this companion planning. By placing certain plants together it can help keep pests away or push them towards a certain plant where they can be taken care of easily.
Garlic, Parsley next to roses protect from black spot a fungal disease.
Chives and garlic next to peas and lettuce to protect from aphids
Radishes near cucumbers to avoid cucumber beetles
Rosemary, sage, thyme or tansy near cabbage to deter moths, cabbage worms, cut worms
Nasturtiums near broccoli to lure aphids away from broccoli
*Her favorite lure trap is a wild grapevine planted on a fence or arbor by garden to attract the Japanese beetles.
The next series part will talk about container planting. If you have a question or something you would like me to write on please leave me a comment so I can look it up in the book.