I am testing to see which plants like it where in the new gardens at diff areas of the yard .... The one spot is a little too shady for the peppers but they like the shade of the tomato plants growing well beside them but when the tomato suckers take over anywhere near a tomato is too close they can get huge I have had them take over a hole garden....
I am growing greens around other plants and I can see where the bugs like it best and which greens they do not like the red lettuce as much as the swiss chard I dont think we will have much of that the curly kale is doing well but the red one the bugs like it best.....does the curly one work good in green drinks??
peas suck in my yard maybe its a mineral lacking in my soil?? ...they did ok this year but its not much for what I planted ...I do suck at stringing them up early I do get some curling like they are puckerd
I planted the beet plants I got near the spinach and the spinach is around tomatoes for shade but also bugs do not like tomatoe leaves some do but for the most part the tomato leaf is poisonous like the potato leaf ...all my potatoes are small potatoes we do not find they come up from previous years and I let them grow around what ever is grown in there this is how I got the idea to mix it up for plant protection and cuz i got small gardens nd fitting everything in is a gamble
small gardens and that I am tired of planting straight gardens I used to come home everyday and look at my garden and think how can I do something different ...how can I make things more exciting :) small gardens mean that they can be raised and they can be reached from all sides you should be able to reach the middle so you can weed, feed and water...tend to what needs tending / harvesting you do not need foot paths....
now I do have some bigger area that have foot paths cuz I planted a garden next to the hedge and the hedge is swallowing the garden so I put carpet / plastic etc down so I can kill the grass and plant the garden wider adding a foot print here and there where I can gget into this also keeps some people away from the center of the garden messing with some plants like the peppers and greens that are for supper not snacking like the salad bowl you can pick it all at once but I have noticed you can pick a few leaves at a time and it will grow back ...good for snacking after all but you get the picture ;)
some plants like to make a show no matter where planted they come out so people in the yard can see them like squash I have had volunteers come up and do better then they are doing in the garden the long vine type do some nice climbing :) or across the lawn :) and the zucchini I have had some big and small plants big and small fruit but they are always showy planting them next or near tomatoes ...they take up alot of room but near the tomatoes they have less pests and the squash flowers bring pollinators close to the tomatoes :) dill around squash protects the dill as they get going and soon the dill is taller they are big enough and push the way between the squash leaves not effecting the squash at all ..
I plant peas and this year tomatoes in the same spot for stringing them up easier planting them together night work ..... the way I did it fert goes to every plant similar I do try and keep the flower stuff not right on the greens cuz I do not want them to flower I want the leaves so it gets coffee not fermented flower fert the tomaotes get it right on the leaves ...the pattern in the garden works pretty well if I look first b4 watering the fert in I can hit what I want even tho its a mix of both
...my ferts are not strong metals or chemicals I make a fermented fert from plants and weeds around the garden some that are in flower some weeds with long roots these bring metals up from deep in the ground and use it for their leaves and flowers so collect the leaves or flowers or roots anything that you would add to the compost over ripe fruit adds a fruity smell later on and this is good when watering the garden with it pineapple was nice ....and add some cabbage family leaf root etc something to start the ferment cabbage is a good gassy veggie and works well for this ...comfrey is added to help plants grow and form flowers I use the flowering tops of comfrey and other weeds cuz they used their own chemical plant stuff to make themselves flower so heres hoping the chem can be fermented out and added to the fert to make our plants flower ,,,dandelions are perfect tooo ;) and comfrey helps us and plants heal great when the garden is getting going it helps build healthy cells ir something like that
and the sugar I add is just lots of molasses leave it for a week or two and add 1 / 10 th of it to a bucket of water ...like fill the bottom of the bucket 1/10 of the way up with fert and add 9/10 of the bucket with water and add to the garden like you would normally water ....it actually helps squash last longer without mildew on them (here no matter what your squash will get it the moldy stuff cuz it gets wet and freezes) but they last longer and look more alive then other squash around no probs giving them a follar feed
I got to check out my Shepard purse plants I seen this in a video that they eat microscopic insects for their nutrition?? very cool I never knew this plant was a carnivorous plant I eat the seed pods regularly for a sore tummy with diarrhea they are the best or just a sore sour belly ... the seed pods secrete a toxin that attracts insects but is toxic to these insects and the seed pod absorb the insect maybe after the toxin digests it for them a bit??
(This plant might be the answer to some microscopic insects in the garden inside or out??)) very cool grow it between the flats in the green house as weeds near the bottom edge where nothing grows very well cuz it cannot grow high in the round tunnel greenhouse ah let it grow along the edge in any green house it wouldnt bug you for space it grows very skinny but branches but it all above parts are skinny the leaves are near the base and small it can grow in shade or sun... likes growing in the lawn or septic bed under porches....in dog runs etc.... maybe where the micro bugs are more plentiful....who says you cannot learn what your soils like by looking at the weeds that grow there ;)