Thursday, June 21, 2012

Garden Party - Companion Planting

Remember WAAAAAY back when, in the post about planning your garden?

I'm sure you'll remember the diagrams with the fun colored dots.  Well, this is what they look like in my garden...

And here's another one:

You'll notice I don't have any photos from the tomato/marigold/basil/pepper diagram. We have had such record heat here, coupled with amazing drought conditions that none of the seeds I planted for these plants grew. Not one. Not even the marigolds! I have even resorted to watering our beds with a lawn sprinkler. It's a set-it-and-forget-it kind of thing. The sprinkler can water for a half-hour while I do something else semi-productive in the air conditioning or take 4LPA for a walk. But still no plants...

The good news is that we have no Japanese beetles in the garden gnoshing on my potatoes or anything else. None. The geraniums are doing their job. Also, we have minimal cabbage leaf looper damage on the kale. Way to go, zinnias!

So, yes, companion planting really does work. It's a cheaper, prettier alternative to nasty chemical bug sprays.

Now if we could just get some rain...

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