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Post  Amy T on 5/16/2011, 6:05 pm

Hello All!

I'm new to SFG and excited to get growing. I know that with row gardening there are plants that don't get along & shouldn't be planted together. Is this a concern for SFG as well?

Also I am trying to get boxes ready and unfortunately have found only 3 compost sources: 1. Cow Manure -composted- 2. Mushroom Compost 3. Worm Castings. Do I go with 3 and add different material later, or keep looking to locate the last 2? Compost diversity is tougher than I thought it would be.

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Re: Plant compatibility Questions?

Post  Tril on 5/16/2011, 6:13 pm

I'm new here... and I've been reading and reading and reading. I can tell you that I made SURE I found 5 different sources of compost after reading the posts from people who settled for 3!! In addition to your three I found a seafood (lobster) compost and a fish compost.

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Re: Plant compatibility Questions?

Post  buttaflie143 on 5/16/2011, 6:23 pm

http://www.ghorganics.com/page2.html

http://www.gardensablaze.com/Companions/CompanionYield.htm


Plant

Companion(s) and Effects

Asparagus

Tomatoes, parsley, basil

Basil

Tomatoes (improves growth & flavor); said to dislike rue; repels flies & mosquitoes

Bean

Potatoes, carrots, cucumbers, cauliflower, cabbage, summer savory, most other veggies & herbs

Bean (bush)

Sunflowers (beans like partial shade, unless you live up north, sunflowers attract birds & bees for pollination), cucumbers (combination of heavy and light feeders), potatoes, corn, celery, summer savory

Bee Balm

Tomatoes (improves growth & flavor).

Beet

Onions, kohlrabi

Borage

Tomatoes (attracts bees, deters tomato worm, improves growth & flavor), squash, strawberries

Cabbage Family (broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, kohlrabi)

Potatoes, celery, dill, chamomile, sage, thyme, mint, pennyroyal, rosemary, lavender, beets, onions; aromatic plants deter cabbage worms

Caraway

Loosens soil; plant here and there

Carrot

Peas, lettuce, chives, onions, leeks, rosemary, sage, tomatoes

Catnip

Plant in borders; protects against flea beetles

Celery

Leeks, tomatoes, bush beans, cauliflower, cabbage

Chamomile

Cabbage, onions

Chervil

Radishes (improves growth & flavor).

Chive

Carrots; plant around base of fruit trees to discourage insects from climbing trunk

Corn

Potatoes, peas, beans, cucumbers, pumpkin, squash

Cucumber

Beans, corn, peas, radishes, sunflowers

Dead Nettle

Potatoes (deters potato bugs)

Dill

Cabbage (improves growth & health), carrots

Eggplant

Beans

Fennel

Most plants are supposed to dislike it.

Flax

Carrots, potatoes

Garlic

Roses & raspberries (deters Japanese beetle); with herbs to enhance their production of essential oils; plant liberally throughout garden to deter pests

Horseradish

Potatoes (deters potato beetle); around plum trees to discourage curculios

Hyssop

Cabbage (deters cabbage moths), grapes; keep away from radishes

Lamb's Quarters

Nutritious edible weeds; allow to grow in modest amounts in the corn

Leek

Onions, celery, carrots

Lemon Balm

Here and there in the garden

Marigold

The workhorse of pest deterrents; keeps soil free of nematodes; discourages many insects; plant freely throughout the garden.

Marjoram

Here and there in the garden

Mint

Cabbage family; tomatoes; deters cabbage moth

Nasturtium

Tomatoes, radish, cabbage, cucumbers; plant under fruit trees; deters aphids & pests of curcurbits

Onion

Beets, strawberries, tomato, lettuce (protects against slugs), beans (protects against ants), summer savory

Parsley

Tomato, asparagus

Pea

Squash (when squash follows peas up trellis), plus grows well with almost any vegetable; adds nitrogen to the soil

Petunia

Protects beans; beneficial throughout garden

Potato

Horseradish, beans, corn, cabbage, marigold, limas, eggplant (as a trap crop for potato beetle)

Pot Marigold

Helps tomato, but plant throughout garden as deterrent to asparagus beetle, tomato worm & many other garden pests

Pumpkin

Corn

Radish

Peas, nasturtium, lettuce, cucumbers; a general aid in repelling insects

Rosemary

Carrots, beans, cabbage, sage; deters cabbage moth, bean beetles & carrot fly

Rue

Roses & raspberries; deters Japanese beetle; keep away from basil

Sage

Rosemary, carrots, cabbage, peas, beans; deters some insects

Soybean

Grows with anything; helps everything

Spinach

Strawberries

Squash

Nasturtium, corn

Strawberry

Bush beans, spinach, borage, lettuce (as a border)

Summer Savory

Beans, onions; deters bean beetles

Sunflower

Cucumber

Tansy

Plant under fruit trees; deters pests of roses & raspberries; deters flying insects, also Japanese beetles, striped cucumber beetles, squash bugs; deters ants

Tarragon

Good throughout garden

Thyme

Here and there in garden; deters cabbage worm

Tomato

Chives, onion, parsley, asparagus, marigold, nasturtium, carrot, limas

Valerian

Good anywhere in garden

Wormwood

As a border, keeps animals from the garden

Yarrow

Plant along borders, near paths, near aromatic herbs; enhances essential oil production of herbs

Resource: The Encyclopedia of Organic Gardening, J.I. Rodale (editor)

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Re: Plant compatibility Questions?

Post  jamesindetroit on 5/16/2011, 7:16 pm

@Amy T wrote:Hello All!

I'm new to SFG and excited to get growing. I know that with row gardening there are plants that don't get along & shouldn't be planted together. Is this a concern for SFG as well?

Also I am trying to get boxes ready and unfortunately have found only 3 compost sources: 1. Cow Manure -composted- 2. Mushroom Compost 3. Worm Castings. Do I go with 3 and add different material later, or keep looking to locate the last 2? Compost diversity is tougher than I thought it would be.

Amy I was running into the same issue with Compost. I would try places like English Gardens, or local Hydroponic merchandisers. Calling ahead can do wonders, and I've managed to locate MANY varieties this way.

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