Thursday, May 24, 2012

Companion Planting

T'maters were planted Monday
It's a stunning day in the Kingdom and Sweet Pea and I are going to take full advantage of it. After our morning walk with friends it's time to finish the tomato patch.

My tomato and pepper seedlings all died this year so I took a field trip sans baby to Berry Creek Farm Sunday afternoon and picked up 18 tomato plants, 12 pepper plants, and a bunch of flowers for the deck. I got the tomatoes planted Monday just before it rained on Tuesday - perfect timing.

Yesterday I got my basil seeds in the dirt - I am hoping to have 6 plants although I haven't had much success in the past. I've read a lot about companion planting and although Wikipedia says that in blind taste tests people couldn't tell the difference between 'maters planted with basil and 'maters planted without, I'm doing it anyway.

So, after our walk today we will hit up the greenhouse again in search of Marigolds. I like to plant them all throughout my garden, but am going to focus on the tomatoes today. I think 12 plants should do the trick. Once they are planted, the patch should look like this:

The plants won't be THIS close together in real life!
This weekend the Hubs and I are going to plant the rest of the garden - and I will turn 35.  (Next year I'll stop acknowledging my age!)  It will require lots of sunscreen, bug repellant, and patience! What are your plans for the long weekend?


  1. Aimee, great post and Happy Birthday! Until two gardening years ago, I thought marigolds were just boring annuals. Well, well, tune has changed...they work magic in the garden!!! In fact, they were the first thing I planted this year! Happy Gardening! Enjoy lots of cake!

  2. We planted our tomato seedlings in the garden this week too. That's a great tip about the marigolds. Might have to try that.

    Happy Belated Birthday. Hope it was a good one.


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