Gardening Tips and Tricks

Information about herbs, edible flowers, a basic guide to plant companions, and lots more.

 

A Basic Guide to Plant Companions

Plant

Friends

Foes

Asparagus

Basil, Parsley, Tomatoes; Pot Marigold deters Beetles

Onions

Beans

Beets (Bush Beans only), Cabbage Family, Carrots, Celery, Chard, Corn, Cucumbers, Eggplant, Peas,

Potatoes, Petunias, Radishes, Strawberries; Marigold deters Mexican Bean Beetles and Nematodes; Nasturtium and Rosemary deter Bean Beetles;Savory deters Bean Beetles, improves growth and flavor

Garlic, Onions and Shallot stunt the growth of Beans

Beets

Bush Beans, Cabbage Family, Lettuce, Onions; Garlic improves growth and flavor

Beets and Pole Beans stunt each other's growth

Cabbage family (Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Kale, Kohlrabi)

Beets, Celery, Chard, Cucumbers, Lettuce, Marigold, Onions, Potatoes, Spinach, Thyme; Chamomile and Garlic improve growth and flavor; Catnip, Hyssop, Rosemary and Sage deter Cabbage Moth; Dill improves growth and health; Mint deters Ants and Cabbage Moth, improves health and flavor; Nasturtium deters Aphids and Beetles; Southernwood deters Cabbage Moth, improves growth and flavor; Tansy deters Cabbageworm and Cutworm

Beans, Strawberries, Tomatoes

Carrots

Beans, Garlic, Lettuce, Onions, Peas, Peppers, Radishes, Tomatoes; Chives improve growth and flavor; Rosemary and Sage deter Carrot Fly

Dill retards growth

Celery

Beans, Cabbage Family, Squash, Tomatoes; Chives and Garlic deter Aphids; Nasturtium deters Aphids

Carrots, Parsnips

Chard

Beans, Cabbage Family and Onions

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Corn

Beans, Cucumbers, Melons, Parsley, Pea, Potato, Pumpkin, Squash. Geranium and Marigold deter Japanese Beetles; Pigweed raises nutrients from the subsoil to where the corn can reach them

Corn and Tomatoes are attacked by the same worm

Cucumbers

Beans, Corn (alternate rows), Cabbage Family, Peas, Radishes, Tomatoes, Sunflowers; Marigold deters beetles; Nasturiums deter Aphids and Beetles, improves growth and flavor; Oregano deters pests in general; Tansy deters Ants, Beetles and Flying Insects

Potatoes; Sage is generally injurious to Cucumbers

Eggplant

Beans, Peppers; Marigold deters Nematodes

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Lettuce

Beets, Cabbage Family, Carrots, Cucumbers, Onions, Radishes, Strawberries; Chives and Garlic deter Aphids

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Melons

Corn, Pumpkin, Radishes, Squash; Chamomile and Summer Savory improve growth and flavor

Onions, stunt beans, peas

Onions

Beans (alternate rows), Beets, Carrots, Celery or Celeriac, Lettuce, Peas, Summer Savory, Tomatoes

Beans, Peas

Parsley

Asparagus, Corn, Tomatoes

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Peas

Beans, Carrots, Corn, Cucumbers, radishes, turnips; Chives deter aphids; Mint improves health and flavor

Potatoes; Garlic and Onions stunt the growth of Peas

Peppers

Carrots, Eggplant, Onions and Tomatoes

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Potatoes

Beans, Cabbage Family, Corn, Eggplant, Peas; Marigold deters Beetles; Horseradish, planted at the corners of the potato patch, provides general protection

Cucumbers, Squash, Sunflowers; Tomatoes and Potatoes are attacked by the same blight

Pumpkin

Corn, Melon, Squash; Marigold and Nasturtiums deter Beetles; Oregano provides general pest protection

Potatoes

Radishes

Beans, Carrots, Cucumbers, Lettuce, Melons, Peas; Chervil and Nasturtium improve growth and flavor

Hyssop

Raspberry

Most vegetables

Blackberries, Potatoes

Spinach

Cabbage Family, Strawberries

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Squash

Corn, Melons, Pumpkin; Borage deters Worms, improves growth and flavor; Marigold deters Beetles; Nasturtium deters Beetles and Squash Bugs; Oregano provides general pest protection

Potatoes

Strawberries

Beans, Lettuce, Onions, Spinach; Borage strengthens resistance to insects and disease; Thyme, as a border, deters Worms

Cabbage

Tomatoes

Asparagus, Borage, Carrots, Celery, Cucumbers, Nasturtiums, Onions, Parsley, Peppers; Basil repels Flies and Mosquitoes, improves growth and flavor; Bee Balm, Chives and Mint improve health and flavor; Dill, until mature, improves growth and health. Once mature, it stunts Tomato growth; Marigold deters Nematodes; Pot Marigold deters Tomato Worm and general garden pests

Corn and Tomatoes are attacked by the same Worm; Mature Dill retards Tomato growth; Kohlrabi stunts Tomato growth; Potatoes and Tomatoes are attacked by the same blight

Turnips

Peas

Mustard, Potatoes

Scattered throughout the garden: Marigolds, Calendulas, Yarrow.

Tarragon + Mint - plant in pots.
Mint + Tansy deters ants.

 

Growing Vegetables in the Home Garden
This bulletin from the United States Department of Agriculture Home and Garden contains information on how to select a site for your garden, preparing the soil, choosing garden tools, selecting seeds, planting, caring for your plants, and lots more.

 

Grow Vegetables with the Backyard Gardener
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Removing the Bitterness from Cucumbers

Using a sharp nonserated knife cut the tip of the cucumber off. Holding the cuke in one hand and the tip in the other rub the two sides of the slice together. This will act similar to a pipette and draw the bitterness out. (The bitterness is mainly located in the surface of the cuke just in and under the skin). The bitterness will be a white foam that looks like poorly whipped cream that collects on the outside edges of the cucumber's cut end. Turn cuke around and repeat on the other end. Peel.

 

 

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