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Companion Planting. Companion planting is little more than a general notion that certain plants can benefit others when planted in near proximity.

Companion Planting

It is literally defined as the establishment of two or more plant species in close proximity so that some cultural benefit (pest control, higher yield, etc.) is derived. Scientifically speaking, companion planting embraces a number of strategies that increase the biodiversity of agricultural ecosystems (or what I typically call a garden). In layman’s terms, though, it is just about two plants helping each other out somehow. While companion planting has a long history, the mechanisms of beneficial plant interaction have not always been well understood.

In most cases they are formed out of oral tradition, family secrets, and front porch recommendations. To jump start your companion planting this year, try these ten popular companion planting suggestions. • Beans work with everything. . • Put a little horseradish near your potatoes to increase the disease resistance. SproutRobot. Grow Potatoes in a Barrel. Container gardening isn't only for savvy urban gardeners and folks with limited space to grow, it can also be for folks who want to maximize their yields in a controlled environment.

Grow Potatoes in a Barrel

Not only does growing potatoes in a barrel reduce the amount of weeding and exposure to pests and fungi, you don't even have to risk shovel-damage to the tender potatoes by digging them out of the ground when they're done, just tip the container over! After extensive research to plan my own potatoes-in-a-barrel, I've boiled all of the recommendations down to 4 simple steps to a winning potato harvest. 1. Select and prepare a container You'll need to pick out a container such as a 50-gallon trash barrel or one of those half whiskey barrel planters. Good drainage is critical for the cultivation of healthy potatoes so you'll want to cut or drill a series of large drainage holes in the bottom and bottom sides of your container. 2. 3. 4. Other tips to grow bushels of barrel potatoes More gardening tips.

How to Regrow Your Groceries. The idea of regrowing your groceries sounds too good to be true, but in some cases it really is possible.

How to Regrow Your Groceries

Check out these step-by-step instructions for regrowing common grocery items: Green Onions Photo &copy Erin Huffstetler Cut the last inch off of each onion (this will give you the bulb and roots). Plant these in a flower pot or in your garden. More About Green Onions/Scallions Celery Cut the bottom inch off of a bunch of celery. More About Growing Celery Ginger Soak your ginger overnight. More About Growing Ginger Leaf Lettuce and Greens Any time you harvest leaf lettuce from your garden, pick the outer leaves, but leave the inner leaves untouched. More About Growing Lettuce Pineapples Cut off the top of a pineapple, and carefully scoop the fruit off of the underside (the crown). Potatoes Cut a one-inch (approx.) chunk from a potato that includes one or two eyes. More About Growing Potatoes Sweet Potatoes Bury all or part of a sweet potato under a thin layer of soil.

Vertical Gardens. Comments on 04/22 at 01:35 AM Oh wow, I like this too.

Vertical Gardens

I'll have to research how do they get the plants to stay in the box?! I also like the boxes themselves. I am hoping to build a similar one soon for a tabletop salad garden. on 04/22 at 12:56 PM Hey! I want to build one too! On 04/22 at 01:00 PM My question would be how to water it. on 04/22 at 01:02 PM Inside the house environment. on 04/29 at 12:33 PM Wow, that's pretty awesome (not really a word I use that often!).

On 05/26 at 03:40 AM Idon't know if you can do vertical planting, but I am doing an art project in which I give out seeds of trees that survived the atomic bombing to the people of US and the world. On 05/28 at 01:14 PM Saw this article and it made me think of your post... 13 Vegetables That Magically Regrow Themselves.