Companion Planting (Bob's Basics) by Bob Flowerdew

By Bob Flowerdew

In response to Flowerdew, the main to profitable natural gardening is operating with nature, instead of opposed to it, to get your vegetation to thrive. this custom is named better half planting, and it's defined during this quantity with a method that's either no-nonsense and reader-friendly. subject matters variety from vegetation that compete for foodstuff to crops that enhance their soil for destiny vegetation. Gardeners of all degrees will examine from spouse Planting and their gardens will reap the benefits of satisfied and fit vegetation.

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As with all small-space gardening, be sure to keep your balcony garden plants healthy and well-groomed. This will not only make them look better, but reduce your chances of insect or disease infestations, which can be devastating to a balcony garden and very difficult to control. indd 51 Job: 02691 Title: Gardening Series_CG Northwest Coast Gardening (Book 6) (CPI) Page: 51 10/14/11 4:54 PM G A RDE N IN G UP F R O N T When thinking about a place for your garden, don’t overlook the front yard. There’s no law that says your front yard has to be planted in turfgrasses and look like every other front yard on the block.

Whether you have a single tomato plant on your deck or a large garden full of vegetables and herbs, food you grow yourself will be fresher and usually bettertasting than what you can buy at the supermarket. Growing your own food crops also allows you to taste many more varieties of vegetables and herbs than can be found at commercial outlets. And, you will be able to enjoy organically-grown foods for a fraction of what they cost at the supermarket. Your vegetable gardening will only be successful if you choose varieties suitable to your climate, plant them properly, provide the correct growing conditions, and harvest at the right time.

They are often sold in six- or nine-packs like annuals. Plugs usually establish themselves rather quickly and do just as well as container plants in the long run. Shrubs and even some trees are available bare-root (without soil) in spring. STA RT IN G P L AN T S F R O M S E E D S Starting your own seeds opens the door to a wide range of species you won’t find at local nurseries. It can also save you money. Instead of buying three small pots of your favorite annual, you can buy a pack of seeds for about one-third of the price and get more plants than you can find room for.

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