Increasing Garden Harvests with Companion Gardening

Companion gardening is a very old and proven method of growing various fruits and vegetables close to each other, for the mutual benefit of the fruits and vegetables. Some plants strengthen each other. In other cases, one plant might repel pests of the other plant. Of course, some plants shouldn’t be grown together, too. Let’s look at some of the best plant companions. Note that for proper coverage of this topic, it will probably take several articles. These might be written if there is enough interest. This article is only a sampling, when it comes to companion gardening. Tomato companions Tomatoes do well when they are grown around the asparagus bed. The two plants mutually repel pests of the other. One of the herbs that goes extremely well in tomato dishes is basil and as it happens, basil is a companion plant of tomatoes. Even if the basil is grown in pots, it is beneficial to put the pots near the tomato plants. This is helpful in another way, too. Both basil and tomatoes have the same needs in regard to sunlight, water and fertilizer. However, basil reacts faster than tomatoes, so by observing the basil, you will know when the tomatoes are in need of something. For instance, they start to droop when they are very thirsty and before tomatoes show that they need water. Tomatoes grow well with garlic, because garlic is a powerful repellant of aphids. In fact, this is the reason garlic is often planted near Continue Reading →

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Recipes – Zucchini Parmesan

Chicken Parmesan, Veal Parmesan and Eggplant Parmesan are relatively well known and quite delicious dishes. Zucchini Parmesan isn’t as well known, however it is truly wonderful, too. I honestly┬áhope that you enjoy this meal as much as I do. There are actually quite a few recipes on the Internet for zucchini Parmesan, but the following recipe is one that I came up with quite by accident and without knowing that there were recipes for it. The recipe was the result of having a large number of zucchinis that had come out of the garden and knowing that zucchini tends to take on the flavors of whatever it is cooked with. The fresher the ingredients that are used, the better this dish is. Because of this, though canned, chopped, stewed tomatoes are called for in the recipe, it is even tastier if you use fresh, ripe tomatoes that have been chopped. The zucchini should also be fresh, but it doesn’t need to be peeled if it is young and you’d rather not have them peeled. They simply need to be rinsed well and sliced from side to side, about a quarter inch thick. The following is so good that it usually doesn’t last long enough for there to be leftovers. Zucchini Parmesan ingredients: 6 cups sliced zucchinis 3 cups sliced onions 1 cup stewed, diced tomatoes (about 1 can) 1 8-oz can tomato sauce 1 cup mozzarella cheese, grated 2 teaspoons fresh basil or 1 teaspoon dried basil 1 teaspoon fresh Continue Reading →

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