I wanted to outline our little garden plot this year. We enriched our soil with organic soil, fertilizer, and earthworms. My 4 year old had so much fun adding the worms and the kids enjoy helping us water it.
My husband tilled it up nicely (to our surprise wasps had nested there, so they were not too happy)! Of course, we don’t spray chemicals, so we let them swarm around for a few days… they have since moved on. The honeybees are still around- so that is good!
Click here to see our 2016 Garden Plot! This is a simply PDF I created, don’t judge me too much I wasn’t going to spend a lot of time on it! Garden Plot 2016 Final
We added a butterfly garden this year to attract bees, butterflies (Monarchs hopefully) and hummingbirds. A garden needs pollinators! I try my best to companion plant and I’m sure I have a few mistakes here and there.
I like to find Heirloom Seed companies and University companion planting information and charts, figuring these are experts in their fields:
- Heirloom Organics- Link to companion chart
-  Cornell University- Fact Sheet/Eco gardening article
- NC State Extension- List compatible/incompatible plants: Companion Plant chart
- Garden Plot 2016– Our Garden Plot for 2016- Outlines our veggie/herb garden and the butterfly garden.
We worked in more chives, basil, and marigolds (inside the garden instead of just bordering it). I’ve added many more marigolds since these pictures were taken.
All of our seeds and plants are Non-GMO and organic- it is very important to avoid any genetically modified seeds that have been treated with chemicals!
It’s easy to get overwhelmed, so simply do some research, companion plant the best you can, and see what works or does not work in your garden. I worked in more fragrant herbs this year to detract pests and was less afraid to plant them close to my veggie crops.
I also avoided planting root vegetables, as our clay soil, even though well amended this year, seems too dense to properly allow root veggie growth.
We had squash vine borers last year, so I avoided planting squash-related plants this year. I will also recognize the larvae quicker this year- best to stop them sooner than later when they emerge in June.
Happy Gardening! What do you plant?
Plant dill, marigolds, chives, onions, parsley, basil and other flowers throughout the garden. Allow parsley, carrot and celery to remain in the ground over the winter. They will produce flowers the second season and attract beneficial insects. Also, plant strong smelling herbs among vegetable crops.