The Complete Guide to Companion Planting: Everything You Need to Know to Make Your Garden Successful


The idea of companion planting has arisen in the gardening community in recent years as an extremely viable new take on how plants should situated, grown, and cultivated. Matching certain plants together and separating others, as outlined in studies such as the National Sustainable Agriculture Society's report on the subject that shows each crop with at least three companionable crops and as many as four incompatible crops.

Whether you are planting Tomatoes and Onions or Carrots...

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The idea of companion planting has arisen in the gardening community in recent years as an extremely viable new take on how plants should situated, grown, and cultivated. Matching certain plants together and separating others, as outlined in studies such as the National Sustainable Agriculture Society's report on the subject that shows each crop with at least three companionable crops and as many as four incompatible crops.

Whether you are planting Tomatoes and Onions or Carrots and Corn, the proper pairing of your plants can have a major impact on your eventual harvest and the quality of your vegetables. This book shows you, the avid gardener, everything you need to know to effectively pair your crops in a way that ensures there are no incompatibilities and that you get the most out of every seed. You will learn the basics of crop rotation and how it has been used since the dawn of cultivation almost 12,000 years ago to maintain the integrity of soil and harvests.

You will learn how companion planting is an extension of this basic format and how it works in tandem with natural conditions and plant minerals to create the best produce. You will learn about how to prepare your garden and how to set the right system in place. You will learn, via a chart and a great deal of detail, about each possible combination, the best possible companion plants as well as which plants are largely incompatible. You will learn about how perennials and shrubs coexist and the fundamentals of companion planting care and seasonal care of your plants. From the top tips and methods for this style of gardening to which plants bring good insects and which ones keep pests away, you will learn everything you need to know to plot out and plant your perfect garden.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781601383457
  • Publisher: Atlantic Publishing Group Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/1/2010
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 817,584
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Overview on Companion Planting 9

Chapter 1 Getting Started 15

History 15

Companion Planting Pairs 16

Finding a Place for Your Garden 18

Chapter 2 How to Start Companion Planting 45

Biological Benefits of Combining Plants 45

Ways to Choose your Companion Plants 56

Chapter 3 Critters in Your Garden 69

Understanding Insects in Your Garden 69

Insects and Bugs You Want to Attract 71

Insects You Want to Repel 83

Other Creatures in the Garden 89

Chapter 4 Nourishment for Every Garden 99

Ways to Feed Your Garden 99

Chapter 5 Garden Maintenance 113

Maintenance Tasks 113

Chapter 6 Companion Herbs 129

Chapter 7 Description of Vegetables 151

Chapter 8 Annuals for Your Garden 173

Chapter 9 Companion Perennials 189

Chapter 10 Wildflowers and Weeds 207

Chapter 11 Bulbs, Tubers, and Rhizomes 215

Chapter 12 Shrubs, Bushes, and Vines 229

Chapter 13 Companion Fruits 251

Conclusion 263

Appendix 265

Online Information Resources 265

Resources for Frost Dates and Hardiness Zones 266

Online Resources for Nursery Stocks and Seeds 267

Recommended Reading 268

Glossary 269

Bibliography 273

Author Biography 283

Index 285

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  • Posted May 19, 2012

    “The Complete Guide to Companion Planting” by Dale M

    “The Complete Guide to Companion Planting” by Dale Mayer is a book that shows the reader how to get the best out of their garden. As the author states in the introduction, “companion planting is best described as the practice of planting two or more plants together to enhance the growth and quality of nearby plants; to provide maximum ground cover; and, when possible, to improve the soil.” If this was the information you were looking for, then this is the book for you!

    Ms. Mayer gives examples in the first chapter about companion planting pairs and defines what such terms as perennials and flowering shrubs mean. She also discusses full-sun gardens, shade gardens, container gardens, window-box gardens, small corner (mini) gardens, raised bed gardens, and border gardens and gives the pros and cons of each in easy-to-read tables. She covers the good and bad bugs that usually come with gardens as well as birds, bats, frogs and toads.

    Then onto the actual plants themselves. Starting with Chapter 6, Ms. Mayer goes into detail about companion herbs (with pictures!), vegetables, annuals, perennials, fruits and more. She definitely shows that she knows what she is talking about with her descriptions and her suggestions about what to plant with what (i.e. Dutchman’s Pipe Vine is a good companion for plants requiring dense shade and the flowers will attract birds and butterflies, in particular the swallowtail butterfly).

    This is definitely a good book to have on hand when planning and executing any type of garden!

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  • Posted February 26, 2011


    Many years ago when I grew all of our own vegetables I used companion planting. I got away from having a garden but feel it is time again to embark on sustainability. I have forgotten much of how to companion plant so this book certainly gave me a flashback and brought into light much of what I have forgotten.
    Although it takes time upfront to plan out the garden plot or the container assembling it is worthwhile. You will find that your plants will flourish but even more so the need for insecticides or pesticides will be nonexistent. In fact, with companion planting many good and necessary insects and garden creatures will be attracted.
    One of my favorite herbs is dill. Not only is it easy to grow it is a good planting companion to cabbage and lettuce by "improving the plants' health and growth, and does well beside onions, sweet corn, and cucumbers." On the other hand dill shouldn't be planted by carrots because it will diminish the yield. As well, putting dill beside tomatoes will attract tomato horn worms. Dill repels aphids and spider mites but attracts butterflies, bees, and predatory wasps.
    Information about companions is of utmost importance to anyone that is planning on gardening or is in the midst but having issues with low yield and pests. Learning the tools in this book beforehand will being you much satisfaction in harvesting and consuming your own fruits and vegetables. I encourage you to invest in this book - you will not regret it.

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  • Posted February 15, 2011

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    Planting fun!

    Are you interested in becoming a gardener? The Complete Guide to Companion Planting gives you a basic understanding of what vegetables and flowers to use.

    You'll be informed by the history of companion planting, and where to place your garden. You'll learn the biological benefits of combing plants, how to pick out your plants, where to plant, and ways to feed your garden. There are chapters on companion herbs, annuals for your garden, companion perennials, wildflowers and weeds, bulbs, tubers, and rhizomes, shrubs, bushes, and vines, and companion fruits.

    With organic vegetables becoming popular, and the prices of vegetables going up in the grocery stores, it is no wonder why gardening is becoming a popular hobby. My favorite chapter 3 is my favorite. It lists the insects and bugs that you do and do not want in your garden. Author Dale Mayer has written a wonderful guide to new and advanced gardeners.

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  • Posted January 24, 2011

    Grow more, grow bigger with companion planting!

    Do you have a green thumb? Or is it more of a black thumb of death? If you just can't get your garden to grow, author Dale Mayer says it may not be you at all. In her book, "The Complete Guide to Companion Planting", she explains how the specific pairing of certain plants can have either a positive synergistic effect or a disastrous one, depending on what plants you try and grow together in the same space. And the results of two compatible plants can be truly amazing! Mayer begins her book with a conceptual explanation of companion planting, along with some history and biological benefits to this type of gardening. She tackles such subjects as good and bad critters, garden maintenance, and fertilizing. She also explains how easy it is to start a garden, whether you have a large space in which to grow or only a fence line or patio. The remainder of the book focuses on a myriad of herbs, vegetables, annuals, perennials, wildflowers and weeds, bulbs, tubers, rhizomes, shrubs, bushes, vines, and fruits. With each of these items, she lists what plants would make good companion matches as well as those plants that won't. These pairings can be based on one plant's ability to enrich the soil for the other or on one plant root's shallow depth with another's deep reach to conserve valuable space. Either way, the results can range from a higher yield to tastier produce, even less space needed, and much more. Mayer makes it incredibly easy for her readers to simply go to the short paragraph which contains their plant of interest and quickly find what they are looking for without having to labor over long, drawn out passages. This makes the book perfect for not only the beginning gardener, looking to get started without being overwhelmed, but also the experienced one, needing a good reference book and perhaps some fresh, new ideas. Mayer's style flows with a laid back and easy feel, making her information and advice fun to learn. Straightforward and simple, anyone can learn to successfully raise a garden with "The Complete Guide to Companion Planting". Reviewed by Vicki Landes, author of "Europe for the Senses - A Photographic Journal"

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