[Homestead] Companion planting--or not
erthnsky at bellsouth.net
Sat Apr 11 13:37:13 EDT 2009
I agree. Just because they are not compatible doesn't mean that one
will die. You would lose more yield from moving something than from
leaving it in place. I just use the companion thing as a guideline.
I've planted fennel in my herb bed, 3 different kinds, in fact. Fennel
doesn't get along with anything, but what am I supposed to do, plant it
in the middle of the pasture? Nope, it is right next to other herbs and
flowers. We will see. I think of the companion planting scheme like a
garnish for food. You can eat the dish without the garnish, but a
garnish makes things more interesting, more appealing-it's the icing on
the cake. Maybe borage attracts the proper pollinators for tomatoes,
but the tomatoes will grow with or without borage and basil underfoot.
Clansgian at wmconnect.com wrote:
>>> Then read just now that
>> peas and onions are incompatible. Great. So... pull out the onion or leave
>> it? The garlic was planted there last fall--I put in onion here and there
>> where garlic did not grow.
> Leave it. Not being companions does not mean that one or the other turns
> yellow and croaks. It just means that they mildly annoy each other ... or
> might do so or might not. You should still get plenty of peas and onions AND
> it just might discourage the deer. They depend very heavily on smelling
> anything different and if the oinion odor masks that, it makes them nervous.
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