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Rodale's Successful Organic Gardening: Companion Planting Hardcover – September, 1994

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Press; First Edition edition (September 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0875966152
  • ISBN-13: 978-0875966151
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 0.6 x 11.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #306,693 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By D. Horton on February 6, 2010
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I'm a Calfornia Master Gardener, and I use this book every season when I plant my summer and winter veggie gardens. I've given it as a gift on numerous occasions.

According to Rodale, "Companion planting is the technique of combining two plants for a particular purpose." That purpose is usually to attract good bugs, repel bad bugs and provide other beneficial conditons so that you produce the highest quality and amount of vegetables.

Each vegetable includes a section on allies (good bugs), companion plants, enemies (bag bugs), and growing guidelines. For example, each year when I plant tomatoes, I also plant marigolds to control nematodes. I plant onions with my potatoes to discourage potatoe beetles. I don't plant onions next to peas, beans, or sage.

The book also includes sections on companion planting basics, interplanting, creating a planting plan, planting companions, and caring for companions.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Devin B. Koser on September 2, 2010
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It seems to elude me any book that puts proper companion plants together or gives illustrated garden plans and how to implement them. The first 2/3rd of the book gave great advice I already knew and then the last third book gets into companion planting. Though most of them are printed as "Many believe "blah" wards off flies, but no research shows any truth." Plus many of the ones that include companions that are supposed to be univeral amony brassicas, trees, or nightshades aren't listed individually under that name. Such as Garlic and onions around Peach trees aren't even listed. Will no one have a properly edited and LISTED together guide to companion planting. The best thing I found was lists of plants for beneficial insects / repellants on Wikipedia which Wiki usually doesn't give good info, but in this case gave lists and better info than most books on companion planting. Anyone know a better companion book, please comment and let me know...?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ZooMama on December 27, 2013
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Rodale, oh Rodale, where-ever would I be without thee? This book has been an indispensable source for me in my journey of getting back to gardening (I grew up with gardens, but didn't have much as an adult) and learning how to grow plants together. We've all heard that planting marigolds with tomatoes keeps pests away, well, there's much more! I have discovered in my own experimenting that tomatoes do not like to grow near lemon balm, it stunts their growth. I did a bit of research, and discovered there's a whole field of study and books out there pertaining to companion planting - planting certain crops, flowers or herbs together to benefit each other or the soil or to prevent harmful pests. They do not give graphs or plans for you to copy, instead, they offer you a learning process with the information you'll need to put it together, and a few drawings or photos to illustrate an idea.

The first 2 years I referred to this book as a sacred text of knowledge, eventually learning through practice and use, making my own plans of how to utilize the benefits. This book has helped me learn all I need for planting rotations, planting in groups and how to help prevent pests and disease without artificial fertilizers and pesticides. My young son even uses it to plan his future garden.

The main part of the book goes over garden basics, describes techniques, ideas and gives descriptions of how the companion plantings work. The back portion of the book provides an alphabetical plant by plant listing with full color photographs that clearly show the plant, listing preferred habitat, companion plants, 'enemy' plants, what possible effect the plant may have on others and how to plant. A valuable resource for anyone learning to grow a garden with little experience and even the experienced gardener can learn something new.
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