Companion Planting Your Vegetable Garden

Did you ever wonder which vegetables grow best together? I didn’t. I thought you just stick some seeds or plants in the ground and you get veggies…that is, until I came across an article on the internet some years ago. After that I became much more conscious of which plants I planted near each other, and even which plants I planted in a space occupied by a different plant the previous season. All of that can affect the growth and quality of this year’s garden. A wonderful book on companion planting called “Carrots Love Tomatoes” by Louise Riotte, educated me on the subject. It was an immense help and showed me how to layout my garden so that the plants compliment each other. You can buy your own copy from Amazon.

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How a Bullet Journal Can Help

My bullet journal has been a great help in getting through the information overload available on the internet about vegetable gardening. I was able to get the information down to a useable level and record it in my journal so that I know what I want to plant this year. Not only that, but I was able to make a plan of which vegetables to grow together or near each other. I also recorded information on flowers and herbs that help to deter pests and/or improve the growth and quality of vegetables. See my post on how to start a bullet journal here.

This year, because I didn’t have time to start my own plants from seeds,  I purchased some started plants at my local home improvement store: tomato, zucchini, yellow squash, and cucumber. These are pretty high yielding plants so I only bought one of each for my family of three. Past experience has shown me that this will be plenty for us.

Looks like we definitely need to adjust the sprinklers next to the tomato plant!

You Can Start Small

We have a retaining wall in our back yard, so I am taking advantage of that space to grow my garden. And, just in case you’re wondering, I am going to plant some carrots around my tomato plant! Even if you think you don’t have enough space for a garden, you can still grow a few veggies in pots. Your local home improvement store will carry potting soil for veggies to fill your pots.

There are “patio” varieties of tomatoes that do very well in small spaces. You can also grow cucumbers in a pot using a tomato cage for the plant to climb vertically. Try pickling cucumbers since they are smaller and will create less pull on the vine. They are yummy in salads, too. Carrots, lettuce, onion, and garlic, as well as many herbs, grow well in pots. So, you can see that you can still have a nice garden using a few pots or planter boxes.

I planted carrot and green onion seeds in a planter my awesome husband made for me from a wood crate he found. He added wheels to it from an old broken furniture dolly so I can wheel it to any place I want on the patio.

Have Fun and Make Memories

My 5-year-old granddaughter was my helper planting seeds.  This is a great family activity, so you can get your children involved. Let them dig in the dirt and plant some seeds! You will be making memories. It’s also a really good activity for elders providing you use raised beds or planter boxes so they don’t have to do too much bending or risk a fall.

Since marigolds and nasturtiums deter pests, I planted them near every vegetable plant. The nasturtiums are grown from seeds, so they will take a little time to grow (they’re edible, too!). You can also use ground up egg shells for the same purpose. Just sprinkle them around your plants or over the places where you planted seeds. Eggs shells enrich your soil, and pests such as slugs don’t like the sharp pieces of shell. I want my garden to be as pest-free and organic as possible, so I did this also.

My little garden doesn’t look like much right now, but give it a few weeks and these plants will be bursting with yummy goodness and flavor!

I hope this has helped inspire you to start growing some of your own organic vegetables, even if it’s only one plant in a pot! Once you taste homegrown veggies you will be hooked!

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