The entire book is like an introduction to what I thought it was going to tell about. Some of the suggested plants will even help prevent bugs from being attracted to your other vegetable plants. A great little reference book from which I learned quite a bit to apply to this gardening season alone. We look up something almost daily. This book not only outlines which plants are compatible but also goes into some detail as to why, making for an educational and entertaining read. There are no flashy photographs in this book nor dreamy prose. Together they inevitably influen Beloved author and life-long gardener Louise Riotte passed away in 1998 at the age of 89.
She is like talking to a funny southern grandma who has all sorts of tidbits of information about plants. I ended up trying to cobble together my own spreadsheet just to try to keep the stuff straight. This is a lovely book, filled with diagrams and charts. So I can follow the directions, but I won't really understand why it works. Positive On Dec 21, 2004, rebecca101 wrote: This is a great book.
Riotte's style is personable, folksy, and unfussy, like your grandmother telling you what to plant in your garden and where. Shampoo the hair before using, since it must be free of oil. The most delicious carrots in abundance as well as tomatoes. Smith is the guy who grew that garden. My favourite projects book this gardening season and a leg up for next year's garden. The financial and environmental costs of fossil fuels raise urgent questions: How far should we be shipping food? Vegetable growers will find that companion planting provides many benefits, and could be almost as important as the selection of the plant itself. The last couple of years I've been getting garden pests which have been annoying me! Ed Smith's W-O-R-D system has helped countless gardeners grow an abundance of vegetables and herbs.
Written in an easy to read, use and understand format. This classic companion-gardening guide shows you how to use the native attributes of vegetables to create a naturally bountiful garden. There are a few topic-specific chapters in the back which were helpful, including a sketch of the author's garden. I would have been better off getting the book from the library and just copying the few pages that I was interested in. And how did Louise Riotte know that planting celery near cauliflower would deter the white cabbage butterfly? Ironically the host of that workshop a year later asked about how we grew so many and such big carrots and the answer was the book she recommended it was a shock.
Riotte wrote 12 books in her lifetime, including Roses Love Garlic, Astrological Gardening, and Sleeping with a Sunflower. It even suggests certain flowers are helpful. It also informs you what not to plant next to each other. If only I had known last year that dill may affect carrot growth in a negative way, I may have ended up with carrots that weren't the size of cocktail weenies. Helpful book for the serious gardener This book is an excellent companion for the home gardener. But without even a hint of a credible source means that this book is just a compendium of hearsay and unsubstantiated claims. The children's garden and postage stamp garden plans deserve special mention.
And if that is all you plan to use it for, you may be disappointed as well. Description: 219 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm Contents: Vegetables -- Herbs -- Wild plants -- Grasses, grains, and field crops -- First steps for home fruit growing -- Nuts -- Ornamental trees and shrubs -- Garden techniques -- Soil improvement -- Pest control -- Poisonous plants -- Garden plans. They are legible but hard to read. Here is a reader's complete reference to which plants nourish the soil, which keep away bugs and pests, and which plants just don't get along. So I read this book avidly when it arrived from Amazon. Kathleen love this book it doesn't have every plant but I have some beans and radishes in my squash and tomatoes so far no bugs As an avid gardener for home use, I'm good enough at it to know I'm not as good as I should be.
He had to admit I was onto something. This is the seminal work on companion planting, a must for anyone interested in organic gardening or for anyone who wants to be a more efficient, more knowledgeable gardener. It made me very suspicious of the rest of the information it contains. Most gardening reference books have a big picture, then scientific name, soil, light, etc requirements - but the time you are done with an entry, you are ready to put the book back on the shelf. Retrieved Mar 13 2019 from Carrots Love Tomatoes: Secrets of Companion Planting for Successful Gardening, by Louise Riotte; 220 pages paperback.
So planted those marigold as suggested and low and behold once again an abundant harvest and goodness what beautiful flowers. The concept of interplanting folds nicely into companion planting and is a way of maximizing a limited garden space. There is almost no science to back up the author's claims about the benefits of companion plants. Winner will be announced via social media. She is like talking to a funny southern grandma who has all sorts of tidbits of information about plants. In particular, the fungi section can be misleading and I wouldn't suggest that anyone harvest any mushroom unless they are with a group of mushroom hunters and they've got experience. The sources section lists plant and seed nurseries exclusively, while the suggested reading section recommends general organic gardening books.
Storey Publishing is not my first connection to superior garden information. I think that even gardeners who are way more experienced than I am will be able to find helpful information. But not having dozens of pictures taking up every page means even more room for actual information. This classic companion-gardening guide outlines the keys to creating a harmoniously varied and bountiful garden. Whatever useful info there is it is randomly scattered through the book.
Today, I live in an urban area and have a very tiny lot. Item Specifics The Carrots Love Tomatoes: Secrets of Companion Planting for Successful Gardening teaches you everything you need to know about companion gardening. Positive On Jun 30, 2006, LissyJ wrote: Great book that is well organized and easy to use. Positive On Sep 5, 2004, Sequee wrote: It must be a great book. I started out using it as a reference for companion planting in my garden, focusing only on the first few chapters about vegetables and herbs. Or the advice to plant a certain herb, say borage, near some types of plants for pest control yet not saying what the general range is per plant so one might know how much of a garden to dedicate to it.