Companion Planting

Rainy summer equals a lush, feral-looking veggie garden, yet shockingly productive. Evolving spring strategy pays dividends as once planted the veggie garden mostly takes care of itself. A little weed-whacking and mulching (#10), irrigation if it’s a dry year, but we attribute most of “our” success to companion planting

Benefits include:

We never till

We rotate crops so soil-borne diseases and pests won’t find their preferred hosts the following year.  

Sometimes we do everything “right” and still have problems. Other years, we get a bounty. 

Here’s hoping we didn’t just jinx our luck. 


Laura & Gil

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