Plants have best friends just like people do. Marigolds help tomatoes and roses grow better. Nasturtiums keep bugs away from squash and broccoli. Petunias protect beans from beetles and oregano chases them away from cucumbers. Geraniums keep Japanese beetles away from roses and corn. Chives make carrots sweeter, and basil makes tomatoes even tastier
Growing peppers. Peppers hate nitrogen/commercial fertilizer. Wait until plants flower before fertilizing. Then spray leaves with 1 tsp of Epsom salt to 1qt of water (peppers need Magnesium to set fruit). Peppers also enjoy small amounts of potassium (wood ashes).
Another pinner says- Im going vertical with my watermelon, squash, cantaloup, and cucumbers this year. I did it inadvertently with my watermelon two years ago - they climbed the garden fence when I was away for a week. It actually worked really well. Except the deer munched on the ones that grew on the outside of the fence.
Keeping squash from getting out of control. Some gardeners are afraid to grow summer squash in a small space - not me, though. Whether it's yellow crookneck or zucchini, it's only got a 2' x 2' space alotted to grow in if it wants to grow in my garden. Upside down tomato cages are used to keep the leaves from sprawling out everywhere, which is quite effective - at least in my experience. IDaily attention is needed to make this happen though, as the leaves must be kept inside
Here's a simple technique that will give you sweeter, crisper winter vegetables than any you can buy at the store. This method takes advantage of the fact that some vegetables can survive freezing temps & remain fresh, even when buried under a blanket of snow. You can store carrots, beets, parsnips, turnips, celery, rutabagas, cabbages, leeks, kale, & spinach in the garden through winter by using this mulching technique.
Garden Update ~ How to Kill Cucumber Beetles, Organically
How to Kill Cucumber Beetles, Organically--dump 100% Food-Grade Diatomaceous Earth. LIFT leaves and douse underneath since the cucumber beetles like to hang out underneath, then dirt all around the plants
VEGETABLES THAT DON'T GROW WELL TOGETHER: Cucumbers thrive when planted near bush beans, lettuce and radishes, but they choke when planted near potatoes. Beans, beets, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, corn, cucumbers and strawberries make good neighbors -- as long as you plant the onions, garlic, leeks and shallots elsewhere. (Click link for more companion planting dos and don'ts. )