Companion Planting

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Here on our little homestead, we try to grow things as close to how nature intended for them to be grown as possible.

For us this means honoring the seasons (within reason), building the soil structure, keeping pesticides to a minimum, and avoiding the conventional method of single crops laid out in rows.

This also means incorporating companion planting as a means of pest control. strawberries and swiss chard

So, last year, when we scratched out our garden plan on paper,  we implemented as many companion plants as we could.

Today, I’m absolutely delighted to be writing about our experiences over at GNOWFGLINS where I am honored to be a new contributor!

You’ve seen the plethora of pinterest pins devoted to this subject; it is quite a popular topic at the moment in natural gardening circles.

In this post I’ve included the basics: what it is and why it is beneficial; but I’ve also included how it has, and in some cases hasn’t worked for us; some things I would do different and why.

Click here to read the full story and please feel free to add your experiences and suggestions in the comments.

I’d love to hear from you!

Also,  much of what we have learned was gleaned from the highly recommended resource Carrots Love Tomatoes by Louise Riotte.  In honor of our first blogoversary we’re giving away a copy along with The Vegetable Gardener’s Bible!

Giveaway from Black Fox Homestead

The giveaway ends at midnight tonight but there is still time to register here.

Now that you’ve entered, head on over and read all about how companion planting has worked for us!

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