Organic Planting Guide For Beginners

More Gardening Ideas & Resources

As an organic house garden enthusiast, I am constantly discovering and looking into from failures and successes. I make psychological notes and log what I have actually gained from previous and present mistakes and trials, in preparation for my next seasonal garden plot! That triggered me to create my own comprehensive (or as much as I can) companion planting visual guide!

I discovered so much of the information appealing that I chose to include the intriguing tidbits under their particular produce. It is now in its third edition with updated initial illustrations, more buddies planting ideas, and even details on edible parts of daily produce, that the majority of individuals are not mindful of!

Here are a few of my other gardening discoveries and experiences:

  1. Marigolds: Sweet, sweet, stunning marigolds. It’s best to plant some amongst the other fruit and vegetables, in addition to planting a border of marigolds around your garden plot to act as a shield against bugs. Slugs and snails do like marigolds, so keep all your eggshells; let them dry in the hot sun for a couple of days.
  2. Florence fennel: This bad boy uses way too much of that delicious perfume and is a bit of a bully to MANY veggies. Keep him contained in his own pot, away from the garden plot, as he’s more of a loner!
  3. Tarragon: What a thoughtful uncle he is, looking after all your vegetables– especially eggplant. Plant tarragon throughout your garden.
  4. Mint: This hardy social butterfly likes to spread its roots any place possible. Unless you want mint to take over, it’s finest to keep it under control. I have actually planted mint inside a big, shallow terra cotta pot that I then put down into the garden plot. This creates a barrier around the rhizome root system. Unfortunately, mint brings in aphids once the weather gets consistently above the 70s. If the pointers of your mint sprigs begin to deform and curl, you have an aphid problem. Plant chives and cilantro near your mint patches to discourage aphids.
  5. Cilantro: This durable little gal is a fighter and can hold up against the coldest, bleakest nights during winter season! She’s most lively throughout cool/cold weather condition and isn’t so fond of the heat. She’ll start to bolt (grow high and flower) the second the weather gets warm. The upside is you can keep the seeds (understood as coriander) and dry them for your cooking spice collection. The roots can be washed and contributed to soup stock. Her flowers likewise bring in a myriad of sweet ladybugs. What do ladybugs LIKE to dine on? Aphids! Grow cilantro near your mint spots.

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