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We read a book on gardening called Carrots Love Tomatoes. It sounded perfect for us. You plant certain plants together, to help them grow better, reduce pests and produce more. This is called companion gardening. It can be done in a container or in a regular garden. This just explains how we did it.
What you will need:
plants that you can companion plant
companion container gardening
I found the biggest flower pot I could find. I drilled holes in the bottom (husband did this) to allow for drainage of excess water. We filled the flower pot with 2 cubic feet of potting soil (that filled the pot almost to the top).
In our container, we planted Tomatoes, basil, onions, carrots, yellow and green peppers, marigolds. The book explains what value planting different plants together does. These are what I selected from the options because we are canning tomatoes this year and will be doing stewed tomatoes and stewed tomatoes. We are planting a regular garden as well. I wanted to see how container gardening would work (and didn’t want the rabbits to eat everything this year!).
Once you have the dirt in, read the details on how far apart you can plant your plants. I put the tomato plant in the middle, and thought about how big each plant will grow. Pepper plants went on the side and the onions are all over the place. It’s like planting your own salsa in the dirt!
container gardening tips
- Container gardens require you to water the plants on a daily basis.
- Plant in the proper amount of sun. All sun, partial sun. Pick an area where to plant the plants so they will grow best.
- Pick plants that you want food from, that will grow well together.