| 4/23/2019 2:00:00 PM

Country MoonGardening is a mind game when it comes to success. I so admire anyone with a healthy, pest-free and high-yielding garden because I know it takes a lot to get it there. There are so many variables such as rain, temperature, pests, diseases, weeds and nutrients involved and so many combinations of these that finding the right mix is a lot of trial and error. Then, just when you think that you get it right, the next growing season poses a whole new set of circumstances.

It’s never too late to learn new tricks in any field and that is especially true in gardening. Companion gardening is one aspect that I didn’t pay much attention to until this past season. I am learning that this is one aspect that can make a huge difference in a garden’s productivity and also an aspect that the gardener has total control over.


Companion gardening is basically having a harmonious garden by allowing nature to share her strengths. It is a gardening method that makes use of synergistic properties found in nature which boils down to cooperation between plants to achieve optimum health and viability. The only difference between plants and people is that plants are stuck in one spot and we are not. However, just like us, certain plants support each other while others just don’t get along.

Some plants grow rapidly, crowding others out and taking more than their fair share of nutrients, sun and water. Some give off toxins. Others are good citizens by adding nutrients to the soil and drawing beneficial insects to the garden. It’s all in knowing what plants to plant together and which ones to keep away from one another. Once you got this, it stays the same year after year.

Many folks confuse companion planting with crop rotation which is a whole new ball game. Crop rotation is successively planting vegetables from different plant families in the same garden year after year, only in different areas of the garden. This helps minimize insect and disease problems and it also gives the soil a chance to build nutrients back up.

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