Companion Planting by Bob Flowerdew

9 people attended

even Santa came and gave out treats! (Yeah!!) thanks Santa

Copy right 2012

Dec 2022 book

Started 12/7/2022

Plants did not get along together (History & mythology) P.21

Affecting their grape vines.

Mix vetches with turnips and chickpeas with cabbage in order to keep away catepillers

Garden almost retired in the dark ages

Chickweed helps keep the compost covered

The three Sisters

  1.  Corn
  2. Beans
  3. Cucurbits (squash)

These plants did ok while growing together p, 23

Rotation of crops introduced

The use of manure

Jethro Tull’s seed drill  (long straight parallel rows)

There is weed competition

Small rectangular blocks (usual)

Victorians dealt with pesticides and herbicides

Insectivorous birds control aphid’s and other pests  p,27

Need simple solutions the save the earth

Goes back to products to sell!

Fungi get carbs from the plants and it provides soil nutrients p. 29

Understanding Plant Groups

Are potato’s part of the rose family P. 37

Also have common names P. 39

Flowers adapt to a certain pollinator

Growers need to find aa good companion  P. 44

How companion planting works in many subtle ways

10 ways:

  1. Aid each other like shade or wind breaks  wind will discourage photosynthesis 3mph
    1. Some plants contribute nitrates (to the soil)
    1. Holds down soil in companion gardening
  2. Plants can aid each other by indirectly enriching the soil
    1. Leaf mold
    1. Plants that suffer attacks from insects are creating a better soil (soil organism) p. 57

Many of the indirect companion planta effects of plants enriching the soil around them come from the mycorrhizal fungi growing in the roots of different plants.  P. 61

They exchange of carbohydrates for waste.  Thid waste feed other lives  p. 61

Poor soil encourages fungi that protects themselves with antiubotics.  Which is then taken by the plants p. 61

  • Plants to avoid, or even combined, that oppose or harm each other
    • Dandies gives off ethylene gas that suppresses germination and alters growth
    • Plants want air,  light, etc.
    • Onions don’t likr beans
    • Bell peppers hate radishes
  •  Plants where a small ratio of one aids the growth of another, though larger p. 64
  • Plants used to repel pests
    • Smelly palm
    • Like marigolds
    • Smell of garlic
  • Plants used to attreact, trap, or destroy pests
    • Lettuce attracts pests
    • Buffalo onions attracts slugs
    • Use blackberry around parimators
    • Quick spray of sugar solution will stick “the whitrflird” down
  • Plants used to attract and sustain beneficial bugs
    • Weeds
    • Need sacrificial plants
    • Some plant provide water
    • Every garden needs a wide rage of diverse habitats
  • Plants useful for attracting birds
    •  Bird bath refreshes thirsty birds (protects fruit???)
    • Good help for pest control
  • Plants used to repel animal pesst
    • Hedges, thorns, an dprickers
    • Blackberry plant stop most intredert
    • Smell
    • Maybe try cinnamon, pine needles, or pepper  P. 83
    • Thorns are better than signs 😊
  • Plants used to repel or reduce fungal and other diseases
    • Chives and garlic make roses less prone to blackspot and mildews P. 87
    • Sprays are NOT  companion planting P. 87

Lack of knowledge of plant interaction for companion gardening.  Fallen leaves, pedal could cause issus.

Intercropping can gain yield p.94

Seeds are suppressed when falling next to parent

There is also a replant problem

Happen to roses

Need fertilization, compost, mix of morganic compounds  P.99  need rest time

Rotation

Usually about a 3-4 year rotation  wait about 3 years for fertility

Though,

it could be from rich soil

Green manure could take 2 months under carpet

Mineral accumulators

DON’T HAVE BAD COMPANIONS IN ADJACENT ROWS p.111

Garlic is good to  prevent snails

Asparagus grows well with tomatoes

Beet and chard grow well with most beans P. 115

Avoiding companions:

Carrots left to flower are enjoyable for insect (flowering carrots)

Pumpkin do not like potatoes p. 121

Tomato root suppress lettuce

Potatoes like beans P. 126

Most flowers like legumes and dahlias around border P. 130

Marigolds too!

Maybe use lavender or Parsley underneath rose P. 132

Boiled rhubarb leaves can be used against aphids and blackspot on roses P. 133

Melon seeds germinate the best being planted in morning glory

We want better pest controls on companion planting

Potatoes do well with  peas

Use Chive sprays

From appendix IV it looks that most weeds are editable. P. 155

finished 14 Dec.

One thought on “Companion Planting by Bob Flowerdew

  1. Below is scribble for Companion Planting our December book discussion the 20th of December
    Give it a score of 4
    Why?
    • Cost ($$$)
    • Organic gardening
    • Plants have many opportunities (repel, smell, etc)

    1. Aid each other like shade or wind breaks wind will discourage photosynthesis 3mph
    2. Plants can aid each other by indirectly enriching the soil Many of the indirect companion planta effects of plants enriching the soil around them come from the mycorrhizal fungi growing in the roots of different plants. P. 61. Poor soil encourages fungi that protects themselves with antibiotics. Which is then taken by the plants p. 61
    3. Plants to avoid, or even combined, that oppose or harm each other. Dandies gives off ethylene gas that suppresses germination and alters growth.
    4. Plants where a small ratio of one aids the growth of another, though larger p. 64
    5. Plants used to repel pests
    6. Plants used to attract, trap, or destroy pests
    7. Plants used to attract and sustain beneficial bugs
    8. Plants useful for attracting birds
    9. Plants used to repel animal pest. Thorns are better than signs 😊
    10. Plants used to repel or reduce fungal and other diseases
    11. Lack of knowledge of plant interaction for companion gardening. Fallen leaves, pedal could cause issus.
    12. Intercropping can gain yield p.94
    13. Seeds are suppressed when falling next to parent
    14. Garlic is Happen to roses or Need fertilization, compost, mix of morganic compounds P.99 need rest time
    15. Rotation, Usually about a 3-4 year rotation wait about 3 years for fertility
    16. Mineral accumulators confusing
    17. DON’T HAVE BAD COMPANIONS IN ADJACENT ROWS p.111
    18. Garlic is good to prevent snails, Asparagus grows well with tomatoes, Beet and chard grow well with most beans P. 115
    19. Avoiding companions: Carrots left to flower are enjoyable for insect (flowering carrots), Pumpkin do not like potatoes p. 121, Tomato root suppress lettuce, Potatoes like beans P. 126, Most flower beds like legumes and dahlias around border P. 130
    20. Ideas: Maybe use lavender or Parsley underneath rose P. 132, Boiled rhubarb leaves can be used against aphids and blackspot on roses P. 133, Melon seeds germinate the best being planted in morning glory, We want better pest controls on companion planting, Potatoes do well with peas, Use Chive sprays, From appendix IV it looks that most weeds are editable. P. 155
    Didn’t understand/or remember all the Latin names, but it’s a good for reference.

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