10 Companion Plants for the Orchard Companion plants encourage natural processes that benefit overall health and vitality of fruit trees. This means less work lugging around sprayers, buying fertilizer, spreading compost and worrying about pollination. These plants help us do the work and they do it well.
Yes, it is possible to grow big, beautiful apples without any spraying at all! Start with disease resistant varieties, and follow common sense permaculture principles. If you want truly perfect apples, go the extra mile and bag the young fruit.
Extending your growing season is one of the best ways to get more from your garden, especially in short season climates. I know because I've been doing it for years in our zone 5 Canadian climate, even with the heavy wet snowfalls and temperatures that dip down to -20C/-4F. (a
By growing herbs yourself, in your own garden, you get the freshest, most potent medicinal herbs. These are thriving under the same stressors that you, yourself, are challenged with. When you buy dried herbs, even from local herb stores, they won’t be as active or as potent as the herbs that you harvest fresh and process yourself. But how do you fit medicinal herbs into your home garden plans? You don’t need hundreds of acres to grow enough medicinal herbs for your family’s wellness…