Companion planting with herbs

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Tips On Companion Planting With Herbs In Your Garden

Companion planting with herbs will give some benefits for the plants themselves and power to help each other to grow and thrive. For example, companion planting your home-grown tomatoes with sweet basil will improve your tomatoes taste, companion planting some caraway plants throughout your garden will help to loosen the soil, or companion planting feverfew with your roses will also help to keep the aphids away. Certain herbs and other plants will do better simply by planting them nearby to each other but other herbs and plants should be kept far away. So you need to consider several factors when choosing companion plants for your herb garden.

Read more: Companion Planting Vegetables with Other Plants

Big ideas for small spaces shared at gardening fair

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Residents can find info on growing food in containers and on rooftops

From rooftops to balconies to tiny backyards, gardens can bloom anywhere, even in small spaces.

An event organized by Live Green Toronto in partnership with the Carrot Common Green Roof is aiming to help people grow food anywhere.

The Food from Small Spaces Fair: Urban Backyard, Balcony and Rooftop Food-Growing event takes place Saturday, Aug. 13 from 2 to 5 p.m. at Eastminster United Church.

“We’ve had a lot of requests from community groups on how they can develop container growing or how to start a community garden,” said Martina Rowley, one of Live Green Toronto’s community animators. “There’s a huge interest in urban gardening.”

Nearly half of Toronto residents live in apartments or condos so if they want to garden they have limited real estate in which to do it.

“If you live in an apartment building or condo (you’ll learn) what you can do or if you just have a small patch of grass,” Rowley said.

There will be information and displays on growing food in containers, raised beds and on rooftops. The fair may be of interest to homeowners, too, as many backyards can be tight places to grow.

Rowley said the idea of growing one’s own food is on the rise for several reasons.

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Vegetable Garden Companion Planting (Marty WARE / HubPages)

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Vegetable Garden Companion Planting

 

“Vegetable garden companion planting” is a great way to deter pests, increase plant-health vitality, and improve taste. In your veggie garden, what could be better? The result of companion planting: big, juicy, shiny fruit that’s totally nutritous. Yummy, yummy!

So lets get to it!

The truth is you don’t have to use chemicals to grow healthy plants. You just don’t need them. Companion planting and other natural gardening methods were used for centuries before the ‘chemical revolution.’ Companion planting is based on the repelent properties provided by the plants themselves: herbs, flowers and vegetables. These, when mixed right, promote healthy growth and control pests and diseases.

Companion planting is attained by placing beneficial deterrent plants near to others to assist with protection both above and below the ground. For example, Parsley attracts lady beetles. Lady beetles love to feast on Aphids and scale, so the nearby plants benefit from the removal of these pests. The lady beetles get a feed. You get unblemished, pest free veggies. Don’t laugh- this little insect can eat hundreds aphids in a day. Some farms actually release them as a pest control method. Continue reading Vegetable Garden Companion Planting (Marty WARE / HubPages)