Wonderful Wild Plants and How To Use Them

                          COMPANION PLANTING

Every garden is special, and every garden deserves the chance to grow strong and healthy plants, whether they be fruit, vegetables or flowers.  To help your plants achieve optimum health naturally, Companion Planting should be one of your first considerations.  This is the age-old practice of planting plants side by side  that like each other, or who can help each other.  Sometimes plants help one another by either repelling harmful bugs usually by their aroma, or attracting helpful bugs by their colour.  Geraniums and Marigolds, for instance, have an odour that most bugs don't like, and so planting these two among your veggies helps ward off the bugs that will chew them to pieces.  Nasturtiums, on the other hand, attract bugs because of their colour, and so you can hang a basket of nasturtiums here and there in your garden to draw bugs away from your veggies, or award winning flowers.  

There is no secret to companion planting, just a little knowledge needed.  In my book, Companion Planting, I list most of the common vegetables grown in North American gardens, and the plants that they like or don't like.  Apples, for example, need chives to help keep apple scab away.  And then there are the Three Sisters - beans, corn and squash - beans putting nitrogen into the soil for the heavy feeding corn, and squash to help cover the soil to keep it moist for the corn (and to help hold down corn's shallow roots in windstorms!), and the corn to give the beans something to climb on.  There are a number of reasons for all companions - and the system really works!

Here's what the book includes:



Introduction                                                        i

Vegetables                                                         1

Herbs                                                                35

Flowers                                                             63

Fruit                                                                 73

Further Notes                                                    87

Quick Guide - Pest Control                                 95

Index                                                               103

End page                                                          107

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                        Birds, Bugs and Butterflies

This is the second volume in the Companion Planting series.  It looks at using plants to attract much needed GOOD bugs to your garden, attracting birds that eat the BAD bugs, attracting bees that help pollinate your plants, and attacting butterflies, most of whom are GOOD for the health of your plants.  This book is still on the computer being put together, but keep this page bookmarked and visit often so you can be among the first to read about it.
Sorry, no cover yet, it is still being devised.