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Good Books for Companion Gardening -regardless of your experience

These are a few of the books that I have found to be very useful regardless of how much experience you may or may not have when it comes to companion gardening.
  • Great Garden Companions by Sally Jean Cunningham
  • The Concise Guide to Self-Sufficiency by John Seymour
  • Carrots Love Tomatoes by Louise Riotte

The Great Garden Companions book is the one that got me started and kind of broke it all down for me. Once I started looking at how things were set up, it just made so much sense to me. As a result, friends and family are always amazed at the size of the harvest that comes from my little back yard. 

Companion gardening takes time and planning, but the end results are worth it. This group is for me to share with you what I have learned as well as what I will learn about companion gardening. I learn something every year so the learning is on-going. Hopefully, with your input, I'll be able to learn a little more! I look forward to sharing tips and tricks and a few musings from time to time!



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BORAGE 1 Reply

During the Winter of 2009 I viewed a BEAUTIFUL BLUE FLOWER while surfing gardens on the internet. They didn't name the flower so off to GOOGLE IMAGE I went. I finally found it and quickly did some…Continue

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Started by LARK (Wi. zone 5). Last reply by Bonnie Hannum ~ Missouri, USA Jun 23, 2013.

Companion Planting in the Spring 1 Reply

Companion Planting is…Continue

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Started by Noelle Kaler. Last reply by Catherine Cronin (Ireland) Apr 4, 2012.

Think About What is Natural 6 Replies

There are some tips for successful companion gardening that I learned from the book "Great Garden Companions; A Companion-Planting System for a Beautiful, Chemical-Free Vegetable Garden".Basically,…Continue

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Started by Noelle Kaler. Last reply by Noelle Kaler Mar 14, 2012.

So where do you start in the spring? 23 Replies

I'd like to know how other gardener's start the growing season. I start by uncovering my raised beds that have been covered in a bed of leaves. I then amend my soil with topsoil, humus, and…Continue

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Started by Noelle Kaler. Last reply by Vicky Myers Jul 2, 2011.

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Comment by Vicky Myers on June 26, 2013 at 2:23pm

Violets are edible too so you wouldn't want to use chemicals.

Comment by Vicky Myers on June 26, 2013 at 2:22pm

The Preen won't let your violets reseed so may not be an option for you.

Comment by thea stoughtenger zn4,ny on June 26, 2013 at 2:02pm

i read the preen package and it said to put it on before the weeds come up . i Said to late for that . so hopefully next year for that . except i like the violets and roses together and the wild violets are not chokeing out the roses .

Comment by Vicky Myers on June 26, 2013 at 1:32pm

Oh forgot the DON'T part of Preen, it won't kill the weeds you have but it will kill grass so DON'T get it anywhere near your lawn or grass if you have it.

Comment by Vicky Myers on June 26, 2013 at 1:30pm

I don't like to advicate chemicals but if you aren't eating your roses then you can dig all the weeds out and put down Preen and Green it is a preventitive it doesn't let the seeds germanate. The Green part of it is a fertilizer yoou don't have to get the Green if you don't want to you can just get Preen. It has to be applied at least 3 times a year. You can put plants in but no seeding anything. If you really want to bring in the big guns and not have anything but roses there you can also use a product called Casaron but it is only for around the woodier plants like roses and bushes.

Comment by thea stoughtenger zn4,ny on June 26, 2013 at 1:03pm

Well i have a fine mess now, so i can not make it much worse .The best i can do now is cut the weeds lower than the roses .

Comment by Vicky Myers on June 25, 2013 at 4:20pm

Sorry the weeds will still come all you can do is dig, hoe, dig, hoe and drag off the weeds. My garden has way more weeds and volunteers this year than ever before. Not to mention mosses, they don't stop the weeds either. They make it harder to weed, some times I'm just scooping up moss/weed pancakes. Don't fall for the weed blocker lie either or you will just have weeds and grass all growing thru the fabric and a fine mess.

Comment by thea stoughtenger zn4,ny on June 25, 2013 at 2:25pm

Thank you Bonnie and Vicky . My Ragusa roses are in a heart shaped  bed and i have violest growing in there with them . they just came up wild , and i have some pretty weed that is white and kind of feathery .i Have to get a picture before it dies off . i and a lot of other weeds . this year it got way ahead of me i usually put the used coffee filters and grounds around them as a mulch and they like coffee . now will any of these that the 2 of you have mentioned help with the weeds ?

Comment by Vicky Myers on June 24, 2013 at 12:55am

Geraniums, Allium-chives, garlic, leek, onion, shallots, ornamental onions, & Rue according to the Roses Love Garlic book. Also put your banana peels into the ground under them.

Comment by Bonnie Hannum ~ Missouri, USA on June 23, 2013 at 8:03pm

Hi Thea,  I like using Alyssum, it's low growing and won't smother the air space needed around the roses; lavender, which makes a pretty backdrop and helps keep ahpids away, and herbs, chives, etc. also help repel pests. Just make sure you don't plant anything invasive that will take over. (I learned the hard way NOT to plant a Summer Clematis near my roses, they will smother the rose bushes!!) 


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