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Companion Planting for the Kitchen Gardener

Tips, Advice, and Garden Plans for a Healthy Organic Garden

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Starting with the basics of organic gardening, such as how to prepare soil and the importance of cover crops and organic fertilizer, here—in full-color—are the principles of companion planting, how plants interact, and how to cultivate a healthy garden.

Companion planting techniques have been used for centuries to facilitate better, more nutritious, and more abundant crops. Did you know:

  • Beets will grow better if surrounded by mint or garlic,
  • Tomatoes should not be planted near cabbage
  • Flax helps protect some root vegetables from pests
  • Tomatoes will thrive when planted near carrots (though the carrots may be stunted).
  • Celery will be happier if it’s far away from corn
  • Broccoli and dill make a terrific garden pair.

It’s a lot to think about, but there’s no reason to feel overwhelmed. With Companion Planting for the Kitchen Gardener, you’ll have all the information you need in clear, concise terms and with charts and garden plans you can copy or modify to suit your family’s needs.

There is an entire chapter devoted to each of the fifteen most popular vegetables, with charts, diagrams, and descriptions of each—a treasure for gardeners with busy lives who want an easy reference guide for planning their ideal kitchen garden.

Full of gorgeous, full-color photographs and easy-to-follow diagrams, this is a beautiful, useful guide for the home organic gardener.

Allison and Tim Greer are avid organic gardeners and grow as much of their food as possible. Allison is the author of Homesprout, a blog dedicated to documenting her efforts in creating a “homemade” life, and a social studies teacher. Tim is a photographer, who also enjoys gardening and cooking. Their homestead is in Schuylerville, New York.

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