10 Jul 2013

Companion Planting Guide

I am very fortunate to live among Africa's most beautiful wildlife, in the bush.  However it does come with it's setbacks one of them being that during the winter months, the nyala, duiker, impala, my horses, chickens, birds, etc, etc.... find my veggie garden way more tasty than the indigenous bush.  And as much as I love having the wildlife around, it does get a bit depressing seeing it look like a mowed down battle field.  So here comes the next plan in becoming sustainable... An enclosed veggie patch for the winter months.  Summer is fine... there is enough food in the bush for all the hungry hoards!
Eaten by all the animals!
Unfortunately I have to do it::.... a wildlife, dog, horse,chicken proof fence, in which things grow when you plant them the first time around.   Oh... what a novel experience that will be!  Now begins the planning process.  Clearing a piece of ground close to the kitchen.  Fencing it, making beds,  adding lots of compost and working out what gets planted with what.  I have drawn up a Companion planting guide for my own use (and maybe yours) to give myself an idea on who likes who, (and who doesn't).

Then after doing this general guide, I then worked out that I'll do a few beds, planting plants together that just oh-so-love-each other:

- Allium family (Chives, garlic, leeks, onion, spring onion)
- Beetroot
- Strawberries

- Basil
- Peppers
- Tomatoes

- Carrots
- Lettuce
- Parsley
- Rosemary
- Sage

- Celery
- Brassica Family  (Broccoli / Brussel Sprouts / Cabbage/ Cauliflower / Kale / Mustard / Turnips)
- Spinach

- Eggplant (Brinjal / Aubergine)
- Marigolds
- Cucumber

BED 6  (I find potatoes are fun to grow in an old wheel barrow - makes it easy to find them all)
- Potatoes.
- Beans

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  1. What a good idea! I have a seriously brown thumb. I just plant things randomly, knowing that the deer or the rabbits or the chickens will have a nice treat later. But I managed to grow quite a few tomatoes and green beans this year anyway. I hope you'll stop by my blog too! Read My Chicken Scratch (dot com).

  2. I love the companion planting guide. I always have to come back, look up what plant I want to plant with what and then go out. This is so user friendly. Fantastic idea!

  3. I grow by companion planting - I really think it works! Thanks so much for linking up to “Tuesdays with a Twist” blog hop!

  4. You've made this so even I can understand. :) It is a most excellent reference list! Thank you for sharing at Super Sunday Sync.


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