This blog, Companion Planting: Bio Diverse Container Gardens, provides all the basic information needed to grow your own food and herbs regardless of the limits of space, ability, or time to do so. I have tried to make it comprehensive and yet uncomplicated. Certainly, if any particular feature of it strikes your fancy, there are many books available (and often referenced here) to expand your knowledge and expertise.
I had several objectives for this blog. One was to introduce, step by step, the ease of gardening for anyone who has never attempted it. But perhaps the main goal was to illustrate the critical necessity of bio diversity to achieve healthy and productive plants, and a healthy, productive planet. Now that my Companion Planting blog is concluding I thought I would end it with an overview of what we have covered.
The first few entries provide basic lists of sources for seeds, supplies, and books. Next comes a post about the importance of plant life cycles (perennial, biennial, and annual) in understanding when and how plants produce edible components, and seed for saving. Tremendous shopping lists of basic vegetables and their essential herbal companions follow. Each entry includes botanical information as well as botanical Latin names for the species. Then there are the fabulous collections themselves. I am particularly fond of them.
I have included a primer for starting seeds under lights. This is important information if you want to extend your growing season. With practice you can conceivably grow food and herbs year round under lights. Complimenting the grow light entry are two sowing calendars complete with sowing dates both for indoors under lights and outdoors for the entire growing season and then some.
You will find introductions to container gardening, soil, insect emergence cycles, trap crops, homemade insecticides, and lists of plants that support beneficial insects, bees, hummingbirds, and butterflies. I have included an introduction to plant propagation as well as posts about edible flowers, herbal tea, traditional herbal combos for cooking, herbal butters, oils & vinegars, herbal sugar, syrup & jelly, preserving herbs, herbal remedies, herbs as houseplants & bonsai, even preparing everlasting flowers. Finally I posted a short piece on grain and its influence on human history. If ethnobotanical plant lore interests you, you can find volumes in the blog entitled Essays where I post a new piece from time to time.
I hope you have enjoyed this blog as much as I have enjoyed writing it for you. I will no doubt add another entry now and then but for the moment I think you find everything you could possibly need to get started. If not, by all means email me. Happy gardening, one and all.