Welcome to our first garden update of the year! We are so excited to share with y’all all that’s happening on the Zielinski Homestead!

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Companion Planting Works Peas

Things are going very well for ALL of my gardens!

  • The variety of mixed greens that we planted by seed are shooting out nicely.
  • We’ve been able to harvest some peas (first pickings of the season!).
  • Our herb garden up front is quickly becoming the envy of the neighborhood.
  • All of our flowers – especially the mailbox garden – is brightening up the entire homestead.
  • And, the deck garden is taking off, led by all of our buddy plants.

Speaking of Buddy Plants…

Buddy plants (aka “companion planting) is a great way to ward off the bugs, maximize limited gardening space, and even help boost plant nutrition. Garlic is the perfect example:

  • Grows well with cabbage, cane fruits, fruit trees, roses, and tomatoes.
  • But, does NOT grow well with peas or beans!
  • It deters Japanese beetles and aphids.
  • Note: Homemade garlic oil spray can also repel onion flies, aphids, and ermine moths; and garlic tea helps deter late potato blight.

Mother Earth News has put together a fantastic companion planting guide for new homesteaders, so if you don’t know where to start go HERE! 🙂

Companion Planting By Design!

Can you see the parsley in the hibiscus tree pot? I LOVE planting herbs in my pots with other flowers!

hibiscus and parsley companion planting

Companion Planting By Accident!

Sunflower and tomato – A big shout out to the squirrels who planted these for us from the seeds in our bird feeder!
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How about you? What plants do YOU like to grow together?

Click here to read more of my gardening tips!

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