If veggie’s could talk what would they say? Would they tell you when they were thirsty? Where they would like to live? How much sun they need, water requirements, nutrients and companions?
Companion planting is important to every vegetables. Different vegetables can help or harm each other and if they could talk, they would tell us.
Tomatoes would let us know that they love to live next to: asparagus, cabbage, carrots, gooseberries, basil and parsley, onions, rosemary and sage. But they don’t like kohlrabi, potatoes and walnuts. Peppers like carrots, eggplants, onions, tomatoes and basil. Peas love beans, carrots, corn, cucumbers and radishes but hate garlic, leeks, onions and shallots.
Beans love to live by corn, potatoes and radishes. Beans don’t like beets, garlic, and kohlrabi. Beets have a lot of friends in the garden. Some of those friends are brussel sprouts, beans, cabbage, cauliflower, chard and onions.
Cucumbers like early potatoes but not late potatoes. They also are friends with radishes, corn, cabbage, beans, and sunflowers. Lettuce and strawberries like radishes. The cabbage family are not happy living with lettuce though.
The secrets of the garden is the soil and veggies would tell you how important the soil is. Every vegetable has needs and nutrients that they take from the soil. If we watch and listen to our veggies they will reveal a lot to us. The color of their leaves, the strength of their stems, their shape and size.
Veggie do tell, if we listen. When vegetables are healthy, they are at their best. It is just like our families. If we care for our children, they are healthy. If we care for our garden, our veggies are healthy. They grow up and become what we expect. They are productive and produce in abundance.
This summer watch and listen to your veggies and see how they can talk to you may just have your best season yet.