JB’s wife is a landscape designer, and it’s always fun to swap gardening ideas with these folks. On this trip I learned about the wonders of drip irrigation (see DripWorks.com), growing potatoes in bags, and lovage.
Of the many pearls of gardening wisdom I gathered from this book, here are a few of my favorites…
- Lacewings and ladybugs are beneficial insects to have in the garden. An adult ladybug can eat 5000 aphids in a lifetime. (Aphids = bad)
- Example of companion planting: put basil near tomatoes to repel the tomato hornworm. Also, most pesky bugs hate onions and garlic, so plant them everywhere. Marigolds repel lots of bad bugs too.
- Top-dress garden beds with ½” of compost to ensure a steady flow of nutrients and to inhibit plant diseases.
- Brushing small tomato plants gently (to emulate wind) will encourage them to grow short and strong.