Designing a companion planting plan is one of the key components of any
course. There is an emphasis on growing your own food naturally and organically. It is possible to supply approximately 80% of your annual food requirements within 50 metres of your own home.
Think about that, 80% of your food would be organically grown, chemical free, herbicide free, pesticide free.
would be regenerating the soil, creating new life where once only lawn,
weeds, cement, concrete or paths existed. That has to be good for the
environment and importantly good for you and your family.
Conventional agriculture provides most of the food people in cities and towns consume these days and the cost to the environment is immeasurable. Mining for oil, truck emissions, deforestation, damming of rivers, oil leakages along coastlines, serious chemical overuse to name just a few.
It’s one thing to be well intentioned but quite another to actually take some action and start to create your Raised Garden Bed No Dig Garden using a companion planting plan. There are a variety of items to consider and each has to be carefully incorporated into your design so that you are gaining the intended benefits.
*How much soil can you use?
*What sort of pests might you have a problem with and how can you organically take care of that?
*How much water will the garden use?
*How can you reduce the water usage by enhancing your design elements?
*What foods can you grow in your area?
*Where will you source your seeds or seedlings from?
*Will you use heritage seeds? If so, where can you obtain them as it not always easy to find heritage seed suppliers.
Make sure you grow foods that you enjoy eating as you really don’t want an abundant supply of foods that are wasted.
Find out what people are growing by taking walks around your local area, that will certainly help you learn first hand which plants thrive.
One of the main things to consider is the concept of using a companion planting plan.
This is where the plants you choose can offer assistance in some way
to neighbouring plants. This assistance can be in the form of shade,
nutrients, depth of roots, water requirements, pest control and the list
I have gone through the exercise of choosing 17 different varieties to plant in my own garden. I have drawn up the actual companion planting plan that I have used and provide this for you.
You can have a
FREE copy of the companion planted garden plan with colour graphics.
This plan shows you exactly how I companion planted my own garden with 17 vegetable varieties.
I managed to plant tomato, beans, peas, carrots, beetroot, celery, ice lettuce, cos lettuce, capsicum, eggplant, spearmint, mint, onions, cucumber, corn, marigolds and viola.
Have a look at the plan, see for yourself, this is a small space in a suburban garden. Please feel free to copy the plan for yourself and have a look at the No Dig Garden component of my site.
I have actually produced four companion planting plans for you to choose from.
Please feel free to use these designs anytime you like and maybe email the page to a friend who you know may be interested.
I have grown ALL of these myself and can guarantee they do work and work well.