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Planning Your Garden

My Husband Said He Would Leave Me If I Bought Any More Plants! …I’m Sure Going To Miss Him!

This week I will be moving the first large selection of plants to the Monashee Co-Op!  I am delighted with my selection and with their health and vigour.  The cooler evening temperatures certainly were not appreciated by the cucumbers but with the nighttime temperatures finally rising they are happy now.  I can remember some of the first Lumby and District Public Markets where they wilted and moaned until I put them back in the truck where they bounced back to a happy state.  The Lumby Markets opening day will be held in the parking lot of Sisters Restaurant as there is a big event happening in the downtown area and so we will be joining the festivities.  I will also be selling directly from the greenhouse and will be open from 10 till 5 everyday except Saturday where you will find me at the Lumby Market.  This year as an added bonus someone will receive a small diamond in their bedding plant.  This was not by design as it fell out sometime during the transplant process so I don’t know whether it will be found in a vegetable or flower plant or found at all.   Good Luck!   

Many people will soon be busy putting in their gardens and many people have asked about companion plants.  Companion planting has many affects on our plants.  It can provide shade for plants that need protection from direct sunshine or protect other plants from wind.  It can help repel bugs or can act as a trap to keep the bugs away from other plants.  Deeper rooting plants can help more shallow rooted plants by loosening the soil and bringing up minerals and nutrients to their companions.  They can enhance flavour of their companions as well as suppress weeds by planting upright plants with more spreading types.  Marigolds are one of the best companion plants available and should be planted with virtually any vegetable especially tomatoes.  Nasturtium is excellent at preventing aphids from attacking plants as it act as a trap for them and you can just soap them off the nasturtium plants.  Zinnia will attract lady bugs which are voracious eaters of small insect pests.  Here is a guide that is suggested for planting companions in your garden.

  • Tomatoes do well with asparagus, carrots, celery, onions, marigolds, peppers.  Basil, mint and bee balm also improve flavour.  Do Not plant with corn, dill, kohlrabi or potatoes.
  • Carrots like beans, lettuce, onion, peas, peppers and tomatoes.  But not dill.
  • Corn grows well with beans, cucumber, peas, pumpkin, and all squash plants.  But not Tomatoes
  • Pumpkin grows well with beans, corn, marigolds, nasturtium and squash.  But not Potatoes.
  • Strawberries like beans, lettuce, spinach, onion and squash.  But not the cabbage family, egg plant, peppers, tomatoes or potatoes.
  • Zucchini goes well with beans, corn, dill marigold, nasturtium, peas, radish and spinach.  But not potatoes or pumpkin. And this is the same with your other squash plants.
  • Beets like broccoli, brussell sprouts, cauliflower, cabbage and onions. Broccoli likes beets, basil, carrots, cucumber, celery, dill, garlic, lettuce, marigolds, mint and nasturtium.  But not asparagus, cantaloupe, peppers, pumpkin, strawberries, corn or watermelon.
  • Cabbage like beets, celery, lettuce, spinach and onion.  But not tomatoes or kohlrabi.
  • Potatoes grow well with basil, beans, celery, corn, garlic, lettuce, marigolds, radish and spinach.  But not broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, cucumber, egg plant, melons, peppers, squash, strawberries, tomatoes or pumpkin.
  • Beans with beets, carrots, cabbage, corn, cucumber, peas and radish.  But not garlic or onions.

Happy Gardening!
Samantha Nason
BS Ranch & Greenhouses
250 547 6567
sam1nason@gmail.com

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