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Time to set up the rain barrels!

I'm hoping to change up my gardening a bit this year. Move things around a bit, do a lot more interplanting, in an effort to keep the insects from having such easy access to the buffet. So... I went looking for a companion planting guide. I found this: https://www.sustainablesanantonio.com/s ... ing-guide/
 

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Here's a companion chart I use a lot. It's not as extensive as the one you posted, but quick and easy.


I haven't run across any mosquitos yet. I'm sure they are out there, they just haven't found me.

I went looking for some marigolds today to plant in my garden. I haven't found any yet. I have some started, I just didn't start them soon enough to be able to plant out in my garden yet.

I got a different kind than I did last year. The ones from last year grew taller than my cattle panels. I didn't know marigolds could get that big.
 

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African Marigolds can be massive, growing up to 3' tall. The French Marigolds are smaller, but, even then, some of those varieties can be quite large. I much prefer the smaller ones' B/C I want the benefit of marigolds, w/o dedicating a lot of space to them. I love to put nasturtiums throughout my garden. And, @Beekissed has forced me to grow zinnias for the pop of color they add to a garden. I also try to keep a Citronella plant growing year round, bringing cuttings in in the fall, then taking more cuttings as spring approaches. I love to have citronella planted here and there throughout the garden. And, MUST have rosemary, and sage in the garden. Mint... and Lemon Balm. I just love the sensory experience of all these plants!!!!
 

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I found some 5 year old Stevia seeds. I figured what the heck and planted them in my starter tray. I now have 5 Stevia plants started. They are the only thing that has popped up yet, but spinach is slow to germinate and I don't expect the alpine strawberry seeds to even be viable.
 

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Here's a companion chart I use a lot. It's not as extensive as the one you posted, but quick and easy.


I haven't run across any mosquitos yet. I'm sure they are out there, they just haven't found me.

I went looking for some marigolds today to plant in my garden. I haven't found any yet. I have some started, I just didn't start them soon enough to be able to plant out in my garden yet.

I got a different kind than I did last year. The ones from last year grew taller than my cattle panels. I didn't know marigolds could get that big.
I see that chart is in jpg. I tried to load it for printing, but was not able to . I'm looking for a SIMPLE easy to read, printable chart that does not have a lot of pics. If anyone has access to one, can you please put the link here? Thanks in advance. i don't wholeheartedly follow the companion planting philosophy. But, IMO, having a chart available opens my mind to interplanting possibilities that will help me to better manage my space.

Meanwhile, I'm continuing to double dig and bury lots of fantastic stinkies in the process, to build up the soil (in what was new garden space last season). The soil there is heavy clay/rocks, with occasional pockets of dead sandy loam. One bed now built to 2' high, with a low tunnel over it. Will plant cucurbits when I get the time. According to Maine tradition, I will be planting them 6 weeks early! Second bed just getting started, lasagna/double dig hybrid style, using old hay and clean out from chicken coop. The clean out stuff came out last fall, is not well broken down, and stinks to high heavens!
 

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I see that chart is in jpg. I tried to load it for printing, but was not able to . I'm looking for a SIMPLE easy to read, printable chart that does not have a lot of pics. If anyone has access to one, can you please put the link here? Thanks in advance. i don't wholeheartedly follow the companion planting philosophy. But, IMO, having a chart available opens my mind to interplanting possibilities that will help me to better manage my space.

Meanwhile, I'm continuing to double dig and bury lots of fantastic stinkies in the process, to build up the soil (in what was new garden space last season). The soil there is heavy clay/rocks, with occasional pockets of dead sandy loam. One bed now built to 2' high, with a low tunnel over it. Will plant cucurbits when I get the time. According to Maine tradition, I will be planting them 6 weeks early! Second bed just getting started, lasagna/double dig hybrid style, using old hay and clean out from chicken coop. The clean out stuff came out last fall, is not well broken down, and stinks to high heavens!
Try this.

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1C5dygILbWOVNPkWqIMFQ2YvuIHXv9Cek_TLLRYaBjtM/edit?usp=sharing
 

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Thanks. I was able to print that out. I like that it does not have any wasted ink resources. Short and to the point. I hope to put it in a plastic sleeve, and keep it with my bag of seeds that I carry out to the garden.
 

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An other productive day in the garden. I'll be paying for the fun with pain med tonight! I worked 6 wheel barrow's full on stinky chicken bedding (aged since last fall, but definitely NOT composted) into the next 4 x 8' raised bed, as I double dug that bed. One last bed to do on the front end of the garden.

The North end of the garden is nice black friable soil. Tomatoes have been there on CP trellis for 2 - 3 years, and I'll put them in the same location this year. No sense re-inventing the wheel. Time to do that is in the fall! I may put potatoes on the N end b/c they have not been there for a few years.

DH is going to finish out my raspberry trellises. So... tomorrow, we're gonna visit a small lumber mill to pick up some rough cut lumber to attach to the T posts.

Peas and early greens are sprouting inside the cold frame. Can't wait to have some fresh greens again!

Last night I treated the flock with Ivermectin for NFM. Glad to have that out of the way. Flock reduction: One customer supposedly taking 8 tomorrow. An other customer plans to take 20 this weekend. Of course, one or both may end up being no-shows. Hope to cut flock size down to 8 - 12 hens, and one roo. IF someone goes broody this summer, I'll let her follow through, with intent to sell chicks, and keep just a couple for myself.
 

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The yellow raspberries have been busy since last summer. There are close to 100 new canes that are sprouting up. Some have traveled 8' outside that one bed. Is this a curse? Could be! But, I'll call it a blessing. I hope to fill the wheelbarrow full of a nice soil mix, dig and pot those young canes, and hope to sell them.
 

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DH and I are talking about starting a raspberry bed and a blackberry bed. 4'x12'x 8" raised beds with a trellis system to hold the canes in check. Hopefully this will happen this year.
So far we have a 8" raised bed for cranberries, and another one for blueberries.
I would like 2 more - one for strawberries and another blueberry one.

I need to get something around the beds to control the weeds and grass. Mowing around them is an issue. I was asking for concrete or pavers.
 

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