Gardeners have been planting marigolds in the vegetable garden to repel pests for years, but there are many other companion planting combinations to try. Companion plants are selected upon their ability to enhance one another’s growth, flavour, pest and disease resistance, and weed suppression. Until recently, evidence of the benefits of companion planting has been largely anecdotal, but due to increased interest and research in organic growing methods, there is a growing body of controlled scientific data that substantiates what many have practiced for years.
If you want to grow your own food and are new to gardening, this author recommends starting small.
As the winter months slowly creep up on us, it is time to start thinking about closing your vegetable garden before we find it buried after the first snowfall arrives. Here are some simple steps you can take now to make sure your plot is ready for the next gardening season.
Saving seeds allows you to select your favourite and most successful vegetables from your garden for planting the following year. Follow this beginners guide to save your seeds and your pennies.
Learn about succession planting, and plants that are best in different seasons
May is one of the best harvesting months of the year! Not only is there warmer weather, more sunshine and the soon arrival of summer. We get to look forward to the early harvest. Late spring and early summer provide the first taste of the season.
A diverse garden is a thriving garden. Therefore it is essential to include plants that attract a vital function to one’s garden-Butterfly + Bee friendly plants to increase pollination.
Aeration is known as the process that is used to remove “plugs” of soil from your garden. Aerating creates spaces for air, water and nutrients for the soil. This process is proven to be essential for plants and the compacted soil. Aeration is also essential to reduce thatch problems
This article in the London Free Press this week had interesting and helpful information about deadheading. A quick read can make your flowers healthier and even more beautiful than they already are.
There are a lot of fancy tools out there to use in the garden…but you don’t need all of them! Here is a video that outlines the 5 basic tools you should invest in with demonstrations on how to use them. Spending a little bit of money on good quality tools will save you money, as you will use them from year to year!
According to a study from Texas A&M University, studies show that a well mulched garden yields 50% more vegetables than an unmulched garden space.