This blog reviews the latest products, plants and innovations in gardening. It also provides a link for my many gardening friends who are members of the GardenMessenger and Seedmessenger Yahoo groups and their sub-groups that I moderate.

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I am a semi-retired UK botanical garden curator and former international horticultural consultant, who has worked extensively in Europe, the Middle East, North America and Australia. I spend part of the year in Australia and part in Europe, mainly due to family and work commitments. I earn my living from writing and editing Internet copy, articles and books. I have written over fifty books on gardening and have been translated into twenty-four different languages. I am a former UK Garden Writer of the Year and a previous Quill & Trowel Award Winner from the Garden Writer’s Association of America. I am interested in developing gardening communities on the Internet and I manage the popular GardenMessenger Yahoo group, along with its various sub-groups like PondMessenger and SeedMessenger. I also edit International Water Gardener and its associated regional web-sites.

Thursday, July 27, 2006

Vegetable Companions - Companion Planting

Tomato companion plants - asparagus, basil, cabbage, carrot, onion, parsley, pea, and sage

Those who like to garden organically and in an
eco-friendly way can do much to improve their gardening
by associating certain plants together. The concept of
Companion Planting is that there are certain plants that
confer benefits upon others if planted in close proximity.
These benefits may be pest and disease protection, or
merely contributing to the more lusty and healthy growth
of companions. Although there is scant scientific
evidence to support these theories, for centuries there
has been a belief amongst gardeners that benefits are
conferred by companion planting.

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