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Soil Mates: Companion Planting for Your Vegetable Garden

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

Table of Contents

Foreword, by Kelle Carter

What Is Companion Planting?

     Horticultural Matchmaking

The Soil Mates

     Tomato and Basil

     Cucumber and Corn

     Beans and Potato

     Carrot and Onion

     Broccoli and Rosemary

     Lettuce and Radish

     Spinach and Pepper

     Celery and Everyone

     Peas and Turnip

     Cabbage and Dill

     Asparagus and Parsley

     Beet and Mint

     Summer Squash and Borage

     Eggplant and Marigold

     Pumpkin and Sunflower

     Zucchini and Nasturtium

     Brussels Sprouts and Thyme

     Kale and Dandelion

     Garlic and Everyone

     Sweet Potato and Summer Savory

Garden Preparation, Planning & Care

     Getting to Know You: A Primer on Plants

          The Basics

          Is It for Keeps or Just a Fling?

          A Family Affair

          Botany 101

     Laying the Groundwork: Bed-Making & TLC

          Getting Comfortable

          Making the Bed

          Let’s Host a Howdown!

          Crop Rotation

          Note Taking

     Foreplay: Seeds & Seedlings

          Mail-Order Brides

          Seed-Starting 101

     Aphrodisiacs: Organic Fertilizers & Composting Basics

          Feeding the Hungry

          The Dirt on Composting

     Alternative Meeting Spots: Gardening in Containers

          Pillow Pals

          Keeping Them Happy

     Keeping Stalkers at Bay: Natural Pesticides

          Tempting Trap Doors

          Incredible Insects

Metric Conversion Charts

Handy Planting Chart

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9781594744457
Author:
Alway, Sara
Publisher:
Quirk Books
Author:
Carter, Kelle
Subject:
Vegetables
Subject:
Gardening-Vegetable
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20101231
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
128
Dimensions:
7.3 x 5.78 x .67 in .75 lb

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Companion planting — the pairing of mutually beneficial plants in the garden — is one of the simplest ways to increase your harvest without back-breaking maintenance or icky chemicals, and Sara Alway's Soil Mates is a charming introduction to the subject. In it, Alway highlights 20 winning plant combinations, each accompanied by an explanation of what makes the relationship a success, illustrated planting instructions, and a recipe that combines the two plants. Complete with information on garden preparation, planning and care, Soil Mates is a handy reference for the organic gardener...and a cute one at that.

"Synopsis" by , Just like people, plants search far and wide for perfect companions their soil mates are special plants who bring out their best traits and keep bad influences away. And it's our job as gardeners to help these lovelorn veggies find each other.

In this charming guide to companion planting for all your vegetable-garden favorites, you'll learn why Broccoli ❤ Rosemary and whether Potato + Corn = friends with benefits. (Just watch out for Celery Leggy and leafy, she is notoriously easy-going and will happily settle down with just about anyone, raising a ruckus in your raised beds.) Complete with 20 pairings, full plant information, tasty recipes, and more, Soil Mates is the perfect partner for your horticultural matchmaker.

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