Sunday, July 03, 2011

Companion Planting?

My style of gardening is definitely in line with the theories of natural selection. I figure if the vegetable seeds from the year before happen to come up somewhere in the garden this year they really want to grow there and therefore should be encouraged, not pulled out. Unfortunately this often leads to very jumbled patches of garden... this is my latest creation - my asparagus patch in the tunnel house... which I fed well with compost... which happened to have some butternut seeds in it... which happened to show their little heads and happened to grow rather big..... and are now taking over the tunnel house and growing out the door and windows. If you look carefully at the close up picture you will also see that amongst the pumpkins and asparagus are also some tomatoes. These are actually planted in a pot and are producing the best tomatoes I have ever grown (not saying a lot really!) so I'm figuring that they are enjoying the shade they are getting from the pumpkins. I'm not sure how long my mother-in-law will be able to cope with this hodgepodge, but for now it seems to be working.....

3 comments:

  1. http://www.permaculture.com/node/140

    I'm posting a link for you. Have you heard of Masanobu Fukuoka and permaculture farming? I think your garden is just fine....and probably will thrive wonderfully!! I encourage you to check out the link I sent and read about some of Mr. Fukuoka's research and his method of farming...amazing!

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  2. I forgot to add...his method is much like yours!

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  3. I have a hunch this is gardening as it ought to be. Our ways of "taming" plants suit us more than the herbiage I think. All power to the mixed up garden!!

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