Everybody knows that tomatoes and basil make a great combination on the plate, but they also make a great combination in the garden, enhancing each others’ flavors during the growing process. There are a lot of plants that have beneficial effects when planted together, from improving flavor to deterring pests and diseases. There are also combinations of plants that aren’t so great and that you should try to avoid. To help you plan out your spring and summer vegetable gardens, we put together … [Read more...] about Companion Planting Guide
I'm guessing that, like me, most of you have started putting out your seeds and seedlings for the season, and will continue to do so over the next couple of months, at least. Congratulations... you have just provided the first feast of the season for the fungi, bacteria, bugs, and beetles that will soon arrive in your garden! As they say, "plant it, and they will come," or something like that. Now what are you going to do to protect your little plant babies? Sure, you can break out the … [Read more...] about Defending your garden against disease and pests
A harsh winter can spell mental doom for the avid gardener. A potent cocktail of cabin fever, kerosene fumes, and clothing with more layers than a decadent sundae can unravel the nerves. Snow loses its sled worthy status. It's once regal standing bumped down to mere eye irritant. How does one avoid these occasional lapses with sanity? And how can one deter from pining for the once abundant raised bed that presently looks like a tomb? Fortunately, a garden can be a 12 month hobby even … [Read more...] about Winter Wonderland my A..