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Good bedfellows

Aug 15, 2011

Being a backyard gardener on a city lot, I've been experimenting with companion planting both out of interest and necessity.  My approach has been to think about growing habit and family and to try and mix the two.  Above is one example of a bed that was unplanned but working out nicely.  This bed was supposed to be successions of carrots but when tomatillo volunteers started coming up I decided to let both share the bed.  By the time these tomatillos get really big and viney in a month, the carrots will be finished.

Other companion beds I've got going right now include onions with basil, peppers with okra and eggplant, and broccoli with melons.

I'd love to hear what others are coplanting right now.




Hi Johanna. Wonderful typo. It made me chuckle all morning. I apologise for pointing it out. Regards Glenn
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