Soil Mates: Companion Planting for Your Vegetable Garden

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2010-12-01
  • Publisher: Random House Inc
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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.

Author Biography

Sara Alway is a graphic designer who believes in sustainable agriculture. She lives in Ohio, where she tends her own garden of happy soil mates.

A former farm specialist at Seeds of Change, Kelle Carter manages her own market garden and CSA in Colorado.



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

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