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Companion Plants Chart - Earl May My AccountGift Card BalanceStore DirectoryContact Us HomeShop OnlineAds/SpecialsTips & SolutionsServicesCareersAbout UsBulk Seed & Custom Packaging Companion Plants Chart Home » Tips & Solutions » Edible Gardening » Companion Plants Chart © 2014 Earl May Seed & Nursery. Adventures in Field Botany / Illustrated-Glossary Leaf Morphology: Phyllode/ Cladode: modifyed stems that act as leaves. Ensiform: leaves sharp edges, taper into a slender point (fern) Stellate: hairs come up like fingers. Peltate: "petiole joins to the center" in leaves. Glossary of Terms: WHORLED - more than two (2) opposite leaves. OPPOSITE - leaf nodes are on opposite sides of twig. ALTERNATE - leaf nodes alternate in pattern along branch. DECUSSATE - Arranged on a stem in opposite pairs at right angles to those above or below, resulting in vertical rows of leaves. PALMATE - consisting of leaflets or lobes radiating from the base of the leaf. CAPSULE - a hollow dry fruit with 3+ locules (chambers) Dehiscent = splits open to release the seed. Indehiscent: remaining closed, do not split open at maturity. Capsule Types- Dehiscent: Capsule breaks to release fruit Indehiscent: This is a drupe, no hard capsule that is made to split open A walnut is a drupe fruit. OVATE (ovoid) OBOVATE (obovoid) ELLIPTICAL Root Index Tuberous Roots: ex- Sweet Potato
companion planting | decisive moments I am keen to try out companion planting – the practice of planting beneficial plants with each other. I started last year and had some success so this year I hope to try some different things. There are a few different aspects to companion planting – some plants improve the flavour and growth of others, some attract beneficial insects and some repel them. Some plants provide support and other provide shade. three sistersMany cultures have a similar planting method based on wisdom and observation. The Iroquois and other native Americans used to plant corn, beans and squash together. insects borage flower Some plants produce volatile oils that deter certain pests. shape and smell Some plants have shapes or smells that confuse insects – so for example planting onions with carrots is said to help deter carrot fly. Allelopathy bee collecting pollen from a giant sunflower I will report back on my own experiments.
How To Battle Pests And Insects Naturally With Hot Pepper and Garlic Spray (Recipes Included) It’s the question we get more than any other this time of year : “What can I use in the garden to naturally control insects like beetles, aphids, and more?” If you’re like us, the last thing you want to do is to start spraying all types of chemicals and concoctions onto the very food you are trying to grow in order to eat healthier. The good news is you don’t have to. In many cases – with proper crop rotation and watering techniques – you can keep pest problems to a minimum without ever spraying a single drop of anything on them other than water. But as we all know too well – sometimes that just isn’t enough…and when your plants begin to show significant damage from marauding pests – there are ways to control them safely with natural ingredient remedies. Don’t Jump The Gun – Before You Do Anything – Make Sure You Actually Need To Spray… Remember that there are just as many good insects (if not more) than bad at work in your garden. When You Need To Spray… Application: Garlic Spray
Companion Planting Simplified (Day 12 of 30 Days to a Better Garden) | A Sonoma Garden Over the past three years we’ve gotten really into companion planting. We first discovered it by accident when we noticed that the peas that we were growing next to the fennel just weren’t growing well at all yet the peas at the other end of the row were doing just fine. We later learned that nothing grows well next to fennel. Soon after we bought the book Carrots Love Tomatoes from Amazon and now we carry that book outside each spring and fall when we are doing our plantings to find out who likes to grow next to whom. Carrots Love Tomatoes is an essential book if you are going to delve into the world of companion planting. Even though that book thoroughly explains companion planting, it still can be a little difficult to figure out what goes well with what. If you haven’t tried companion planting yet, give it a shot. Like this: Like Loading...
5 Easy to Grow Mosquito-Repelling Plants As the outdoor season approaches, many homeowners and outdoor enthusiasts look for ways to control mosquitoes. With all the publicity about the West Nile virus, mosquito repelling products are gaining in popularity. But many commercial insect repellents contain from 5% to 25% DEET. There are concerns about the potential toxic effects of DEET, especially when used by children. Children who absorb high amounts of DEET through insect repellents have developed seizures, slurred speech, hypotension and bradycardia. There are new DEET-free mosquito repellents on the market today which offer some relief to those venturing outdoors in mosquito season. Here are five of the most effective mosquito repelling plants which are easy to grow in most regions of the US: 1. Citronella is the most common natural ingredient used in formulating mosquito repellents. Citronella is a perennial ‘clumping’ grass which grows to a height of 5 – 6 feet. 2. Horsemint leaves can be dried and used to make herbal tea.
Companion Planting With Vegetables and Flowers - Organic Gardening Each spring, I grow legions of onions and shallots from seed, and my biggest challenge is keeping them weeded. Last year, I planted pinches of arugula between the short rows of shallots, and the leafy, fast-growing arugula smothered any weeds and showed remarkably little damage from flea beetles, which often plague it. The arugula was ready to harvest just when the shallots needed room to grow. In a eureka moment, I realized I had discovered a vegetable companion-planting partnership I could use year after year to make my garden healthier and more productive. The idea of “companion planting” has been around for thousands of years, during which time it has become so besmirched with bad science and metaphysics that many gardeners aren’t sure what it means. Historically, North American and European gardeners have based many of their attempts with companion planting on widely published charts, which were mostly derived from funky chemistry experiments using plant extracts in the 1930s.
Grow a Year-Round Salad Garden Curbly-Original As you may have gathered from my weekly "Foodie Friday" posts I enjoy cooking, but equally I enjoying growing my own food, which I write about on my site, curate this space. Aside from the health and nutritional benefits of doing so, there is also something quite primal about knowing where and how your food is grown. Today I'm going to teach you how to grow your own easy to grow salad garden which will grow all year round in frost free areas. If you are new to gardening and growing your own here are a couple basic concepts you you need to grasp that will stand you in good stead for growing healthy plants. SOIL: A balanced potting mix is 1 part sand, 1 part compost and 1 part peat. SUN: Most vegetables and herbs need a minimum of 6 hours of direct sunlight a day, fruiting plants closer on 9 hours. WATER: Sadly water isn't an impirical measurement, but a yardstick I like to work with is to insert your index finger up to the second digit and gauge it. Room : Kitchen, outdoor
Companion Planting Advice As you are beginning to plan what will go where on your plot you may want to consider some of the benefits of companion planting. Below is some advice from Scarcroft plotholder Linda James.... An eco-friendly way to eat more of your crops this year than the aphids! The carrot root fly hates the strong smells of sage, leeks and garlic so try sowing spring onions seeds with your carrots.
10 Simple, Cheap Home Gardening Innovations to Set You on the Path to Food Independence Alex Pietrowski, Staff WriterWaking Times The issue of food quality and food independence is of critical importance these days, and people are recognizing just how easy and fun it is to grow your own food at home. When renegade gardener Ron Finley said, “growing your own food is like printing money,” he was remarking on the revolutionary nature of re-establishing control over your health and your pocket book as a means of subverting the exploitative and unhealthy food systems that encourage the over-consumption of processed and fast foods. Thanks to the internet, the availability of parts and materials, and good old-fashioned ingenuity, there is a wide range of in-home, and in-apartment, gardening systems that are easy to construct and maintain, and that can provide nutritious, organic, and low-cost food for you and your family. Aquaponics Read: Aquaponic Gardening: A Step-By-Step Guide to Raising Vegetables and Fish Together Vertical Gardening Simple Greenhouse Designs Composting
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