Plant Partners: Science-Based Companion Planting Strategies for the Vegetable Garden

Plant Partners: Science-Based Companion Planting Strategies for the Vegetable Garden


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Companion planting has a long history of use by gardeners, but the explanation of why it works has been filled with folklore and conjecture, often at the expense of sound science. This makes it difficult for gardeners to decipher which plant partnerships are truly successful and which are not worth the time and effort. Plant Partners delivers a science-based boost to this ever-popular growing technique, shedding light on the latest research and offering gardeners dozens of ways they can use scientifically tested plant partnerships to benefit the garden as a whole. This guide’s enhanced understanding of companion planting draws on emerging information about how plants interact with and influence each other, from the chemical signals they pass back and forth to the thread-like fungi help them access otherwise unavailable nutrients. Then it offers specific plant partnerships that growers can use to solve common gardening problems, improve soil health and weed control, decrease pest damage, and increase biodiversity, resulting in real and measurable impacts in the garden.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781635861334
Publisher: Storey Books
Publication date: 12/22/2020
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 41,452
Product dimensions: 8.90(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Jessica Walliser is a horticulturalist and the author of several gardening books, including Plant Partners and Attracting Beneficial Bugs to Your Garden. In addition to cohosting The Organic Gardeners, an award-winning radio program in Pennsylvania, she is the co-owner of the popular gardening website and a regular contributor to Fine Gardening, Urban Farm, and Hobby Farms, and the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Walliser is the recipient of an American Horticultural Society Book Award. 

Jeff Gillman, PhD is director of the UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens and best-selling author of The Truth about Garden Remedies and Decoding Gardening Advice.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Jeff Gillman, PhD
1 The Power of Plant Partnerships: How Does Modern Companion Planting Work?
2 Soil Preparation & Conditioning: From Cover Crops to Living Rototillers
3 Weed Management: Using Living Mulches and Allelopathy to Combat Weeds
4 Support & Structure: Plants That Act as Living Trellises
5 Pest Management: Luring, Tricking, Trapping, and Deterring Pest Insects
6 Disease Management: Suppressing Disease through Plant Partnerships and Interplanting
7 Improved Biological Control: Plant Partners That Attract and Support Pest-Eating Beneficial Insects
8 Improved Pollination: Bringing More Pollinators to the Garden through the Perfect Plant/Pollinator Matches
Epilogue: The Companion Planting Journey

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