Planting carrots this month was so much fun! I used planting strips for the first time… wow, super easy. Planting strips keep all the seeds contained in-between a strip of paper. All you need to do is dig a trench to the suggested depth,unroll and lay down the planting strip, then cover with soil. I also used a companion planting guide and planted the carrot strips next to the rosemary, but far away from the dill. Companion Planting is a gardening technique of placing specific plants in proximity to one another. The result creates benefits of enhanced growth, optimum taste, and a natural pest control. Companion planting is a chemical free method to a healthy garden. Beans and corn grow well together because beans produce nitrogen which is used by the corn. Did you ever wonder why grandma had marigolds in her garden? Well, they are a great pest deterrent, their pungent smell keeps pests away from vegetables. Container gardening can also benefit from companion planting. It helps to keep a sketch diary of your garden each year, this way you can keep track of plant locations and crop rotations.
*This link for companion planting is a great reference chart for compatible and incompatible planting.
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