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Imagestarlight1153
Jan 20, 2014 11:00 AM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
AL.
This weather is crrrrrraaaaaaa-zy. Had frost last night. Pure sunny skies today, not a cloud in the sky, temps going to 60F and tonight back down in teens and rest of week with arctic blast high in 30's and teens at night.

I have a request!!!!!!!!!!! Any of you folks that do companion planting with flowers and veggies have any pics that I can use to show not only Nap how it done, but to maybe write an article with? Credit will be given. I thought we had a few folks who did it. Would appreciate it, if you do and will.

Also, : http://cubits.org/ellasgarden/articles/view/1488/
ImageMistirose
Jan 20, 2014 12:53 PM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
I just started learning that this fall but dont have any pics unfortunately Thumbs down
Imagestarlight1153
Jan 20, 2014 1:27 PM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
AL.
How did it work for you Misti? You have any problems incorporating the veggies with the flowering ones?
Imagewildflowers
Jan 20, 2014 2:08 PM CST
Name: Christine
Northeast Texas, Zone 7b
I really like trying to incorporate companion planting in my gardening plans... not sure if I have any pictures. I'll look. Borage and marigolds are always with my tomatoes... usually what happens is the borage dies back (it doesn't like it too hot) as the marigolds start to flower. I also love, love my holy basil, it has a wonderful scent that masks whatever is growing nearby and comes back from seed every year somewhere in my garden. LOL! But as I mentioned before, my gardening is pretty much always in experimental mode... maybe one of these days I'll get it right but then the weather will change and I'll be right back to square one. Hilarious!
FAITH over fear!

ImageMistirose
Jan 20, 2014 3:43 PM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
I learned cucumbers don't like to climb up corn, peas don't like to climb up Sunflowers and while it seamed a good idea to grow my beans up the Sunflowers it got extremely difficult to discern what was bean from stem. Otherwise everyone played well together. I'm not only doing this for companion planting but to bring in beneficials and pollinators too. I'm so excited for this summer. Will be starting seeds soon as my box arrives Hurray! Hurray!
ImageAndi
Jan 20, 2014 7:29 PM CST
Name: aka GardenQuilts
Facebook, NGA
and the beloved Winston the pug
I want to try a three sisters garden. Growing beans on sunflowers sounds like something to try as well.

Imagerisingcreek
Jan 20, 2014 8:20 PM CST
Name: kacee
southern california
I plant basil and marigolds with my tomatoes, morning glories climb up the sunflowers, i put cukes up on a teepee looking frame and had lettuce underneath it, first time lettuce survived here long enough to eat. did not think to take a single picture.
Imagejoseph
Jan 21, 2014 12:51 AM CST
Name: Joseph
Cache Valley Great Basin
Landrace: locally-adapted diversity

I accidentally grew a runner bean on a sunflower this summer. I really liked it. Since I harvest the runners and the sunflowers only as dry seed at the end of the season, I'm intending to try it again.
Author of Mother Earth News Blog about Landrace Gardening: http://www.motherearthnews.com/search.aspx?tags= Lofthouse
ImageMistirose
Jan 21, 2014 9:37 AM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
if they are harvested dry its great! but I was so glad to find beans that will be diff than the leaves lol so I can tell them apart. I may try it again with beans but I sure had a mess in the middle of summer and had some real issues harvesting the beans I agree
ImageMistirose
Jan 21, 2014 10:00 AM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
Holy smokes! I just learned something related to companion planting. Apparently Marigolds attract spider mites?

http://www.aces.edu/dept/extcomm/specialty/marigolds.html

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Imagechelle
Jan 21, 2014 10:15 AM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
I've never seen spider mites on my marigolds, but then again they're usually in the veggie patch which isn't allowed to completely dry out.
Imagewildflowers
Jan 21, 2014 11:15 AM CST
Name: Christine
Northeast Texas, Zone 7b
I've never seen spider mites on my marigolds either and like Chelle, they're always in the veggie garden. On the other hand, butterflies really love marigolds and they often attract other pollinating insects.
FAITH over fear!

ImageMistirose
Jan 21, 2014 1:12 PM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
hmm interesting, they are called Trap plants by some sites. They supposedly trap mites and keep them away from your other plants.
poisondartfrog
Jan 22, 2014 3:39 PM CST
Name: Alana
Kentucky
Ella asked me to paste this here as it involves companion planting, of sorts. I'm afraid my combinations are not carefully thought out pairings based on scientific data, but whimsy and what I have handy. I do try not to plant vegetables with plants I know are toxic.
I have a hard time growing carrots because my soil is compacted clay. I often grow the very short carrot varieties or add them to containers.
I thought I had a photo, but I guess it is among the missing. I did find a photo of one of the radishes harvested from the container.
This last time for carrots I used a large oval black watering trough for small livestock that had a conglomeration of potting medium from past projects in it. I sowed seeds for purple radishes in a ring around the center, 2 rings of carrots around those, and edged it with Gypsophila repens. In the middle I planted a dwarf Canna. Sounds a little bizarre, even to me, but that's how I roll. Hilarious!
The carrots did very well indeed, nice and straight with no forking. The radishes were superb and the Gypsophila and Canna minded their own business, so everyone got along fine.

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Imagestarlight1153
Jan 22, 2014 4:09 PM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
AL.
Thanks for bringing the post over here too Posion. Good point you just made about planting by toxic plants. That didn't even register to me. Very important info folks should consider. hey I like your whimsy idea. May just copy it, if I can find a barrel big enough and enough soil to fill it.

Sounds like it would be nice to have planter full of veggies and flowers like that.

I lost where I posted one of my posts. I'll find it eventually. I too found some interesting things about companion planting another thing some folks may not be thinking about. If puter will hang for a couple more days, should have it finished up for ya all to read. It was brought on by Arlene looking for info about squash.

Ok, somebody please tell me and fo others who may not know, what is the Three Sisters type of planting? Confused I have a Seven Sisters Plant does that count? Hilarious!
Imagewildflowers
Jan 22, 2014 4:56 PM CST
Name: Christine
Northeast Texas, Zone 7b
The Three Sisters was a way of growing used by the Native American Indians where they grew maize, squash, and climbing beans. They would prepare mounds and plant maize seeds in the center. When the maize started to grow, the beans and squash were planted alternately around it. The beans grew up the corn and also provided the nitrogen in the soil. The squash shaded the ground and retained moisture, plus its prickly stems kept the rabbits and other pests away. I've been saying I want to try it for years, I'm pretty sure I'm going for it this year.

Many years ago now, I wrote an article about companion planting, back when I had a cubit, but it was transfered to ATP when they started up.

http://allthingsplants.com/ideas/view/wildflowers/46/Compani...
FAITH over fear!

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Imagechristine00
Jan 22, 2014 5:01 PM CST
Name: christine
kentucky
three sisters is corn ,beans and squash planted together right?
Imagestarlight1153
Jan 22, 2014 5:18 PM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
AL.
Awesome article Wild. Hurray! You ought to consider copying it and reposting it here in Cubits again. You and anybody else, welcome to write articles here. I think the controls for it are open publically, if not somebody holler and I will make them so.

As your the author, you can post the same article and info any place you like. Since you wrote that cubits has grown big time and a lot of folks just might enjoy reading for first time or a review of it.

I wonder if that Three Sisters planting would work to help keep deer from eating beans and pea plants when they seedlings? That would be a great idea to do. I have several varieties of corn from Joseph that came in piggy swap and got some squash and beans I haven't grown before either and that way I could keep the different cultivars apart so they don't cross so easily if I don't get out there to bag in time.
ImageAndi
Jan 22, 2014 5:36 PM CST
Name: aka GardenQuilts
Facebook, NGA
and the beloved Winston the pug
I have never seen any bugs on marigolds - either the French or African ones. The neighborhood bunnies and cats don't like them either. I planted them as a border around my veggie patch in my old place. I planted yellow short French marigolds in front of yellow African marigolds to make a full, thick border. It made the veggie patch prettier, not sure if it helped the veggies. I don't have any pictures handy. I haven't come across my older photo backups yet. I am going to try some "white" snowball marigolds in my flower garden this season.

I plant decorative peppers and zinnias with my dahlia tubers to keep the bunnies away. I also add the pepper fruits to my diy pepper spray to deter bunnies and other pests. I am not sure if that is considered companion planting. I tried overwintering my dahlias in pots but ended up lifting them. The needed more light and I needed more room. I still have cannas inside in pots. The large green leaves give my living room a tropical touch. I the contrast of the potted tropical plants framing the winter view from my sliding glass door to the deck.

Winston the pug is hibernating in his basket by the heating grate. He peed on my wintersowing containers. Maybe it will keep the squirrels away. The little buggers were trying to plant acorns and black walnuts in my strawberry planters. Definitely not my idea of companion planting!
ImageAndi
Jan 22, 2014 5:43 PM CST
Name: aka GardenQuilts
Facebook, NGA
and the beloved Winston the pug
Sorry that I didn't explain the three sisters garden. I remember reading your article on it, wild. I thought it would work for me this year because it will take me time to work soil for my gardens. I have lots of rocks, weeds, shrubs and shade to contend with. I thought it would be easier to work isolated mounds than to work large areas.

It is also a good idea to grow colored beans on sunflowers or three sisters plantings. They would be easier to harvest than "green" beans. Joseph's method of growing drying beans on corn is also a good idea. I thought scarlet runner beans would be pretty on sunflowers...

I also liked the idea of trying potato seed in the upside down tomato planter. A friend gave me one and I was wondering what to plant in it. It doesn't seem to work well for tomatoes.

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