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The Complete Guide to Companion Planting: Everything You Need to Know to Make Your Garden Successful

The Complete Guide to Companion Planting: Everything You Need to Know to Make Your Garden Successful

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The Complete Guide to Companion Planting: Everything You Need to Know to Make Your Garden Successful

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The idea of companion planting has arisen in the gardening community in recent years as an extremely viable new take on how plants should be situated, grown, and cultivated. Whether you are planting Tomatoes and Onions or Carrots and Corn, the proper pairing of your plants can have a major impact on your eventual harvest and the quality of your vegetables. This book shows you everything you need to know to effectively pair your crops in a way that ensures there are no incompatibilities and that you get the most out of every seed. You will learn the basics of crop rotation to maintain the integrity of soil and harvests. You will learn how companion planting is an extension of this basic format and how it works in tandem with natural conditions and plant minerals to create the best produce. You will learn about how to prepare your garden and how to set the right system in place. You will learn, via a chart and a great deal of detail, about each possible combination, the best possible companion plants as well as which plants are largely incompatible. You will learn about how perennials and shrubs coexist and the fundamentals of companion planting care and seasonal care of your plants. From the top tips and methods for this style of gardening to which plants bring good insects and which ones keep pests away, you will learn everything you need to know to plot out and plant your perfect garden.

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Dale Mayer is a USA Today bestselling author best known for her Psychic Visions and Family Blood Ties series. Her contemporary romances are raw and full of passion and emotion (Second Chances, SKIN), her thrillers will keep you guessing (By Death series), and her romantic comedies will keep you giggling (It's a Dog's Life and Charmin Marvin Romantic Comedy series). She honors the stories that come to her - and some of them are crazy and break all the rules and cross multiple genres! To go with her fiction, she also writes nonfiction in many different fields with books available on resume writing, companion gardening and the US mortgage system. To find out more about Dale and her books, visit her at http://www.dalemayer.com. Or connect with her on Twitter @DaleMayer or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/dalemayer.author. If you like Dale Mayer's books and are interested in joining her street team, sign up here - https://www.facebook.com/groups/402384989872660/ Books by Dale Mayer Psychic Vision Series Tuesday's Child Hide'n Go Seek Maddy's Floor Garden of Sorrow Knock, Knock... Rare Find Eyes to the Soul - fall/winter 2014 By Death Series Touched by Death - Part 1 - Free Touched by Death - Part 2 Touched by Death - Full book Haunted by Death Chilled by Death - fall/winter 2014 Second Chances...at Love Series Second Chances - Part 1 Second Chances - Part 2 Second Chances - Full book Novellas It's a Dog's Life- romantic comedy Charmin Marvin Romantic Comedy Broken Protocols #1 Broken Protocols #2 Broken Protocols #3 New adult/adult crossover books In Cassie's Corner Gem Stone (a Gemma Stone mystery) Design Series Dangerous Designs Deadly Designs Darkest Designs Family Blood Ties Series Vampire in Denial Vampire in Distress Vampire in Design Vampire in Deceit Vampire in Defiance Non-Fiction Books Career Essentials: The Resume Career Essentials: The Cover Letter Career Essentials: The Interview Career Essentials: 3 in 1

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  • At this point, you can plant most plants with the exception of the tender ones like peppers, basil, and eggplant. Certain plants may need a cover to keep them warm for a few more weeks, like tomatoes.

  • Rose plants are another example — to keep the Japanese beetle out of your roses, plant old-fashioned four o’clocks, a beautiful perennial aptly named because the flowers only open after the sun has gone down.

  • Stinging nettles, like foxglove and lily of the valley, are reported to improve the length of time the fruit from their companion plants can be kept once picked, particularly tomatoes.

  • For companion planting, try planting clover, dill, fennel, and yarrow in between the squash and pumpkin plants to keep the squash bugs away from these two plants.

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Table of Contents

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Introduction: Overview on Companion Planting

Chapter 1: Getting Started

Chapter 2: How to Start Companion Planting

Chapter 3: Critters in Your Garden

Chapter 4: Nourishment for Every Garden

Chapter 5: Garden Maintenance

Chapter 6: Companion Herbs

Chapter 7: Description of Vegetables

Chapter 8: Annuals for Your Garden

Chapter 9: Companion Perennials

Chapter 10: Wildflowers and Weeds

Chapter 11: Bulbs, Tubers, and Rhizomes

Chapter 12: Shrubs, Bushes, and Vines

Chapter 13: Companion Fruits

Conclusion

Appendix

Glossary

Bibliography

Author Biography

INTRODUCTION: Overview on Companion Planting

Companion planting is a phrase that has taken on many meanings for today’s gardeners. Within the scientific community, companion planting is also called intercropping and is a form of polyculture, which describes a method of planting species of plants together for mutual benefit, usually in agricultural situations.

For the layman, companion planting is best described as the practice of planting two or more plants together to enhance the growth and quality of nearby plants; to provide maximum ground cover; and, when possible, to improve the soil. This approach to gardening offers many benefits, with the trade-off being that more thought needs to go into the garden planning stage when deciding which plants should go where. Although there is no scientific explanation as to how or why the plants benefit one another, when planted in companionable ways, much has been learned over the years — with a great deal of success.

Some of the successful companion planting relationships are due to the release of chemical secretions at the roots, which may affect other plants or have an effect on organisms in the soil. It has been theorized that companion planting benefits may result from the plant releasing certain gases or odors that can repel pests from either the roots or the above-ground parts of the plant. With certain predators (notably insects that damage the plants) out of the way, the plants can flourish. The same goes for other potential pairings. One plant may have the ability to do something like provide structure, add nitrogen to the soil, or offer shade in such a way that makes another plant flourish without hurting itself.

There have been lab studies where scientists have tried to replicate the results of companion planting — with mixed results. By adding the juices of pairs of plants to a 5 percent copper chloride solution and allowing it to crystallize slowly on a glass plate, Dr. Ehrenfried E. Pfeiffer and Dr. Erica Sabarth of the Bio-Dynamic Association were able to predict which plants would be companions and which would be antagonistic from the resulting crystallization patterns. Their findings, along with the trial and error of numerous gardeners, were summarized in a pamphlet by Richard Gregg in 1943 called Companion Plants and How to Use Them. Today, similar studies use paper chromatography techniques for related tests.

The companion planting suggestions in this book should be used as a basis for your own experimentation, not as a proven guide to success. One of the most important considerations when you look at choosing your own companion plants is to not lock yourself in by this book’s information. Try some of the combinations out for yourself, experiment with new ones, but also play around with the spacing between the plants and the ratio of one plant to another. For example, there are suggestions that bush beans are most beneficial to celery and cucumbers in the ratio of one bean plant to six celery or cucumber plants. This means if you plant a large cucumber patch, you may only need to plant one or two bean plants to keep them happy.

As you become more familiar with the subject, you will eventually realize there is conflicting information — partly due to everyone’s individual experiences based on geographical location, climate, and garden conditions. Therefore, the rule to companion gardening is simple: Try it out for yourself. Keep a record of your attempts and have fun with it. Plant basil in among your tomatoes and watch them grow like mad. Try basil in with the peppers for a similar result. Or, try adding in parsley as it can help tomatoes grow strong and healthy.

Companion planting requires a gardener to shake off his or her idea of traditional gardening and make room for new concepts. You will need to let go of concepts that define what a weed is and consider the fact that the weed could have value. Are there stinging nettles, a common weed across the United States, in your area? Have you spent hours trying to eradicate this weed that can grow up to 10 feet tall? Well, stop because they have value. If you grow them close to aromatic herbs, they are supposed to increase the aromatic oils in these herbs by as much as 75 percent. Stinging nettles, like foxglove and lily of the valley, are reported to improve the length of time the fruit from their companion plants can be kept once picked, particularly tomatoes.

Scientific research supports companion planting in the agriculture industry in terms of intercropping and crop rotation, the process of rotating crops for healthier soil and plants (see Chapter 2 for more information on crop rotation). Companion planting applies to prevention or protection from pests and diseases, as well as attracting the right type of insects for pollination and for soil improvement. It is important to note that just as some plants will benefit from being close together, other plants will suffer from the pairing.

There are a few rights and wrongs to take note of, such as realizing that not much will grow under the black walnut tree, which it found across most of the United States and Canada. This tree releases a chemical into the soil that ensures nothing near it can compete with the nutrients and moisture that it needs, making it an undesirable plant to choose in companion planting. Marigolds are planted all over the world to repel all kinds of pests. If you take the dead marigold plants and dig them under in the fall (meaning, leave the plant in the ground and turn the dirt and soil over, chopping the plant and roots as you do so), almost nothing will grow where they grew, and as the plant pieces decay, they will kill anything you plant. But by spring, the soil is safe for planting again. Companion planting allows you to take advantage of the systems already in place in nature to make the most of your garden.

Companion planting can increase your yield of vegetables and even enhance the flavor of some if planted with specific herbs. Beneficial plants to have in your vegetable garden are wild rose, elderberry, buddleia, privet, golden rod, and mustard. With this type of system, it is easy to combine flowers, shrubs, trees, and vegetables for larger and better-tasting yields. If you are short on space, consider planting to maximize the space available such as by planting runner beans with dahlias or pairing curly parsley with cosmos. Another combination that can work well are clematis flowers with apple trees as the clematis can climb the trees and utilize the space under the tree that is often wasted.

While companion planting is a lot of fun, it also makes the vegetable garden more attractive, both to the eye and to the nose, and offers practical solutions to common gardening problems.

It can intensify the beauty of flowers by combining them with plants of contrasting shapes, color, and height. This type of system can be used to provide practical needs like shelter from wind, shade, or help prevent soil erosion. It allows a gardener to combine all the elements of a backyard garden into a small space without sacrificing yields or beauty.

Companion planting has guidelines but no rules. It offers suggestions, but ultimately allows you to create a garden that will work for you in the space you have available. This type of system will work for any level of gardener, who takes the time and put in the effort to find what works best for their area.

This book will take you through the required steps to establish your garden and how to begin companion planting. You will learn about the insect army already living in your garden, what plants to grow to keep out the wrong insects, and what plants will attract the right insects. There is special section on feeding your garden properly to ensure it grows big and healthy. The second half of the book goes into detail about how to companion plant with herbs, vegetables, annuals, perennials, wildflowers, bulbs, shrubs, and fruits. The book finishes with a list of resources to help you learn more about companion planting.

Happy planting!

Table of Contents

CHAPTER 1: Getting Started

Before you begin analyzing your garden’s needs and how you would like to begin companion planting, you should learn a little about the history and practice behind companion planting.

History

Historically, there is no one point where we can say that companion planting actually started or at what geographical location in the world it originated. Many agricultural practices have been used for centuries with the origins lost – companion planting is just one of them.

In North America, the search for the origin of companion planting leads us back to American Indians and their companion planting practice called Three Sisters. The Iroquois of the Northeastern United States and Canada primarily used this practice and it involved planting corn, beans, and squash. These crops were the mainstay of the Iroquois’ diet and were believed to be special gifts from the Great Spirit; as such, they were under the protection by the spirits called the Three Sisters. They were planted as a mainstay crop for the people and their system of planting was revered.

The Iroquois planted the three crops together. Corn gave structure and support for the bean plants to climb up; the beans replenished the soil with nutrients for both the corn and squash; and the large multiple leaves of the squash vines offered a protective mulch that helped the plants conserve water while providing weed control for all three plants. When planted in this special way, the plants thrive in a small space and are capable of producing high-quality yields with minimal to no environmental impact.

Over time, many other companion planting combinations were tried, with varied results. Much of this knowledge was handed down from generation to generation, and some of it today may be found to be folklore of other cultures.

Plants and their identifications have changed over time, as have horticultural methods, climates, and soil content. There has also been the introduction of chemically based pesticides and fertilizers and advancement in seeds, propagation, and cultivation. All of these affected the basics of gardening but the premise of companion planting remains the same.

Companion Planting Pairs

Companion planting is the process of putting together plants with contrasting and/or complementary properties. Common examples include:

• Sun-loving plants offering shade to shade-loving ones

• Plants with deep roots paired together with those that have shallow roots

• Slow-growing plants matched with fast-growing plants as the plants will have different space and nutrient requirements

• Heavy-feeding plants are intermixed with light-feeding plants or crops that incorporate nitrogen into the soil

• Aromatic plants, which often repel pests, are planted with non-aromatic plants

• Plants that produce early flowers that provide pollen and nectar are paired with plants that do not flower until closer to the end of the season

Companion planting can involve all different types of plants and shrubs. Throughout the years, companion planting has involved almost every type of plant. As various plants have become more popular in home gardens, they have been incorporated into companion gardens. When considering what species of plants to incorporate, here are the types of plants you should consider:

Perennials — plants that live longer than two years

Annuals — plants that complete their life cycle in one year or less

Ornamental shrubs — shrubs grown purely for looks

Herbs — small, seed-bearing plants that are most noted for their aromatic, medicinal, healthful, and cooking qualities

Vegetables — plants that are either edible or part of the plant is edible

Fruit bushes/trees — trees and/or shrubs that bear edible fruit

Grasses — plants that have jointed stems, leaves, and produce seed-like grains

Roses — a particularly well-loved and long-living flowering plant

Dwarf trees — variations of trees that through horticulture practice have been kept artificially small

Flowering shrubs — shrubs that are grown primarily for their flowery show

Nut bushes — bushes grown for the nuts they produce

Crop plants — plants grown primarily for human food and animal feed

Having a garden in the right location is essential to successful gardening, allowing you to select the perfect location for the types of plants you want to grow: roses drenched in sun, ferns in the shade, or a mixed border that takes advantage of both. Most people like to have the gardens somewhat close to their house so they can see it through their windows.

Finding a Place for Your Garden

Before deciding where to place your garden, you need to consider what type of garden you want to have. Here are some questions you should consider when deciding what type of garden to plant:

• What are the goals of your garden?

• Are you simply trying to enhance a shrubby border that already exists?

• Are you interested in adding herbs and other foods to your perennial border?

• Are you starting with a clean slate on new ground, or are you hoping to improve the appearance of your home and lawn?

Once you determine the basics of what you want to achieve, it is important to understand that each plant has specific requirements in which it will survive. There are conditions in which the plant may survive but you will not get the yield or growth from it the same as you would under ideal conditions.

In order to work well, a garden must balance what is already there with what is going to be planted. The following should be taken into consideration in order to properly analyze the site:

• Existing structures

• Existing plants

• The soil’s pH, the amount of acidity or alkalinity in the soil

• Microclimate

• Hours of sunlight per day

The ideal soil will be loose, somewhat well-drained, and loamy, meaning a mixture of sand, clay, and organic matter. However, if all the other factors work except for the soil, it is possible to improve the soil so it should not be the deciding factor in where to position the garden. City residents are often limited in their choices, but if there is an option available, avoid planting the garden over rocks or in a poorly draining area. It is also best to avoid areas that are heavily infested with Johnson grass or weeds because these will require a lot more work to eradicate for the first year or two.

Also consider the rainfall and how it manages to reach the garden area. If your bed is planted directly against a house, an overhang or gutter system may prevent your garden from receiving water. If it is on a slope, water may drain off too quickly to provide moisture for the plants. And regardless of whether rain is available, watering is normally necessary at least once every week if not more, so plan for easy access to water.

All vegetables bearing fruit or seeds must have full-sun. Avoid planting in the vicinity of large trees as their roots can extend as far out as two times the size of the tree’s canopy. Also avoid trees that have a shallow root system, like the weeping willow tree, because they will compete with your garden for water and nutrients.

Here are a few considerations to help you decide the perfect location for your garden:

• The more level the area, the better

• Full or near-full sunlight is best, unless your plan calls for a shade garden

• Well-drained, fertile soil is best

• A water supply should be within reach

• Avoid large trees or shrubs that might compete for sunlight and nutrients

• Avoid planting near black

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    Many years ago when I grew all of our own vegetables I used companion planting. I got away from having a garden but feel it is time again to embark on sustainability. I have forgotten much of how to companion plant so this book certainly gave me a flashback and brought into light much of what I have forgotten.Although it takes time upfront to plan out the garden plot or the container assembling it is worthwhile. You will find that your plants will flourish but even more so the need for insecticides or pesticides will be nonexistent. In fact, with companion planting many good and necessary insects and garden creatures will be attracted.One of my favorite herbs is dill. Not only is it easy to grow it is a good planting companion to cabbage and lettuce by "improving the plants' health and growth, and does well beside onions, sweet corn, and cucumbers." On the other hand dill shouldn't be planted by carrots because it will diminish the yield. As well, putting dill beside tomatoes will attract tomato horn worms. Dill repels aphids and spider mites but attracts butterflies, bees, and predatory wasps.Information about companions is of utmost importance to anyone that is planning on gardening or is in the midst but having issues with low yield and pests. Learning the tools in this book beforehand will being you much satisfaction in harvesting and consuming your own fruits and vegetables. I encourage you to invest in this book - you will not regret it.
  • (4/5)
    InterestingCompanion planting promotes the idea that certain plants help other plants grow better. I purchased this book for information about companion planting, but it is much more. It includes the care and planting of plants and plant recommendations for many useful things including fly prevention. She discusses all kinds of plants that work well together. It is easy to read, but not particularly easy to use since it is written in paragraph form. Perhaps charts or groups would have been easier to read. I purchased the Kindle edition, but I believe it would have been easier to use in a print edition because I did quite a bit of ‘flipping back and forth.’
  • (5/5)
    “The Complete Guide to Companion Planting” by Dale Mayer is a book that shows the reader how to get the best out of their garden. As the author states in the introduction, “companion planting is best described as the practice of planting two or more plants together to enhance the growth and quality of nearby plants; to provide maximum ground cover; and, when possible, to improve the soil.” If this was the information you were looking for, then this is the book for you!Ms. Mayer gives examples in the first chapter about companion planting pairs and defines what such terms as perennials and flowering shrubs mean. She also discusses full-sun gardens, shade gardens, container gardens, window-box gardens, small corner (mini) gardens, raised bed gardens, and border gardens and gives the pros and cons of each in easy-to-read tables. She covers the good and bad bugs that usually come with gardens as well as birds, bats, frogs and toads.Then onto the actual plants themselves. Starting with Chapter 6, Ms. Mayer goes into detail about companion herbs (with pictures!), vegetables, annuals, perennials, fruits and more. She definitely shows that she knows what she is talking about with her descriptions and her suggestions about what to plant with what (i.e. Dutchman’s Pipe Vine is a good companion for plants requiring dense shade and the flowers will attract birds and butterflies, in particular the swallowtail butterfly).This is definitely a good book to have on hand when planning and executing any type of garden!
  • (3/5)
    Are you interested in becoming a gardener? The Complete Guide to Companion Planting gives you a basic understanding of what vegetables and flowers to use. You’ll be informed by the history of companion planting, and where to place your garden. You’ll learn the biological benefits of combing plants, how to pick out your plants, where to plant, and ways to feed your garden. There are chapters on companion herbs, annuals for your garden, companion perennials, wildflowers and weeds, bulbs, tubers, and rhizomes, shrubs, bushes, and vines, and companion fruits.With organic vegetables becoming popular, and the prices of vegetables going up in the grocery stores, it is no wonder why gardening is becoming a popular hobby. My favorite chapter 3 is my favorite. It lists the insects and bugs that you do and do not want in your garden. Author Dale Mayer has written a wonderful guide to new and advanced gardeners. *I would like to thank Atlantic Publishing Group for sending me a copy to review.
  • (5/5)
    Do you have a green thumb? Or is it more of a black thumb of death? If you just can’t get your garden to grow, author Dale Mayer says it may not be you at all. In her book, “The Complete Guide to Companion Planting”, she explains how the specific pairing of certain plants can have either a positive synergistic effect or a disastrous one, depending on what plants you try and grow together in the same space. And the results of two compatible plants can be truly amazing!Mayer begins her book with a conceptual explanation of companion planting, along with some history and biological benefits to this type of gardening. She tackles such subjects as good and bad critters, garden maintenance, and fertilizing. She also explains how easy it is to start a garden, whether you have a large space in which to grow or only a fence line or patio. The remainder of the book focuses on a myriad of herbs, vegetables, annuals, perennials, wildflowers and weeds, bulbs, tubers, rhizomes, shrubs, bushes, vines, and fruits. With each of these items, she lists what plants would make good companion matches as well as those plants that won’t. These pairings can be based on one plant’s ability to enrich the soil for the other or on one plant root’s shallow depth with another’s deep reach to conserve valuable space. Either way, the results can range from a higher yield to tastier produce, even less space needed, and much more. Mayer makes it incredibly easy for her readers to simply go to the short paragraph which contains their plant of interest and quickly find what they are looking for without having to labor over long, drawn out passages. This makes the book perfect for not only the beginning gardener, looking to get started without being overwhelmed, but also the experienced one, needing a good reference book and perhaps some fresh, new ideas. Mayer’s style flows with a laid back and easy feel, making her information and advice fun to learn. Straightforward and simple, anyone can learn to successfully raise a garden with “The Complete Guide to Companion Planting”. Reviewed by Vicki Landes, author of “Europe for the Senses – A Photographic Journal”