659: Companion Planting.
A chat with an expert on seeds.
At least ten times a year we have a live Seed Saving Class with Bill McDorman, the Executive Director of Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance, Ketchum, Idaho. He got his start in the bio-regional seed movement while in college in 1979 when he helped start Garden City Seeds. In 1984, Bill started Seeds Trust/High Altitude Gardens, a mail order seed company he ran successfully until it sold in 2013.
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In This Seed Chat:
This is the December 2021 class discussing companion planting, with special guest Kari Spencer. Why work so hard in your garden? Gardening should be fun, relaxing and stress free. Unfortunately many of us don’t subscribe to that philosophy. We worry, we fret and we fear we aren’t doing it right. Companion planting is a way to capture nature’s brilliance to help you “get it right.” There are plants that naturally love being partnered with each other in the garden. They provide many benefits such as shade for a heat sensitive specimen or maybe are themselves a kind of bug repellent for another plant. Often food from plants that taste good together have a symbiotic relationship in the garden.
– Defining companion planting
– The “3 Sisters” garden
– Multiple benefits of companion planting
– Attracting beneficial insects to deal with the undesired ones
– Volunteers as companion plants – check it out before you pull it out!
– Noticing what comes up together and does well
– Experiment – sometimes the “do’s” don’t work and the “don’ts” do work
– Considering plant needs when companion planting
– Is it a bug “problem” or a bug “phenomenon”?
– Brainstorming solutions to save zucchini from squash vine borers
– Reasons to move things around in your garden
– Heritage grain trials at Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance
– Growing tomatoes and peppers together?
– Kari’s Spencer’s new book – Vegetable Gardening Journal; A Weekly Tracker and Logbook
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