Garden Plot: Organic & Companion Planting

 

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

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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:

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. [1]

4 thoughts on “Garden Plot: Organic & Companion Planting

  1. atkokosplace says:

    I love squash/zuccini, but sadly two years ago there was a run on our plants…squash bugs! They were awful. And were everywhere! The first year there was so many, they were coming in the house. The second year I’ve noticed less. They emit a terrible smell when bothered, so if you squish them, you need to be quick about it! I am planting flowers this year along with a bunch of veggies. Marigolds to be exact. I have them tucked in everywhere. I love the pop of color. Along with veggies, I have my usual herbs of mint, cilantro, thyme, basil, to name a few. I am all organic here so bugs are a problem that I try and stay on top of. Easier said than done! I wish you well in your garden. I hope you have a bountiful harvest! Good luck with your bugs! Teehee. 🙂

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    • Genbumom says:

      I’m sure something will come up again with bugs this year, it does give you a new appreciation for organic farmers, but it can be done. I’m learning more and it’s fun! The marigolds are very pretty especially before everything starts growing, the smell reminds me of being a kid too 🙂 I def “tucked” as you said them everywhere this year too! More than last year. Happy growing to you too!!

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