Item 1, the herb garden, on my to-do list is coming along nicely, especially the parts where I have been able to purchase plants I could put straight into the ground. The herbs I have had to grow from seeds are taking much longer … and I am trying to be patient.
I also haven’t been able to find all of the herbs I would like in my garden, so for now I have had to settle with rosemary, basil, mint, thyme, chives and parsley, both curly and flatleaf. Well, the chives are slowly coming up, but are looking very thin. I guessing that sand isn’t particularly suited for growing chives, because they are getting plenty of water and sunlight. It has now been about 2 months since I planted them from seeds.
It looks like I will have to buy cress, dill, sage and oregano online or bring some seeds back with me next time I visit Europe.
I have been doing some research into companion plants – I didn’t know what to expect here in AD, but it seems like it is the usual gardens pests, such as leaf miners, whiteflies, and aphids that I need to look out for. Luckily, I do not have to worry about slugs and snails – Hurrah!!!
Companion plants can help growth and keep the number of pests down when planted close together. This is mainly based on experience, and not scientific research, but I really like the idea of creating a natural organic environment which is beneficial for plants and animals.
So I have been moving things around in my garden but it is still a work in progress as I am learning along the way, and also still establishing my garden. The other day I was so lucky to find a packet of nasturtium seeds at a local supermarket (of all places) and I know from experience they are great to have in various places in the garden as a ‘sacrifice plant’, as aphids for some reason prefer nasturtium to other plants. Currently I am fighting a daily battle to remove aphids from my pepper plants so I am looking forward to having nasturtiums in my garden again.
Check out this chart on companion planting. Click the image for the full version.
GroEdibles – a very thorough introduction to the benefits of companion planting
Our Herb Garden – lots of information about growing herbs and their companion plants
List of Companion Plants -Wikipedia – not the most accessible list, but once you get your head round it, there is lots of useful information