Growing in the Garden

I have a very clear plan in my head for the next 6 months about how I want to restructure the back yard and get an even bigger garden going this year.

We are working on adding a chicken coop first that my ever-talented daddy is going to build for us, and Steven is going to add a few more planter boxes. We had a really bad time with gophers this year, so if anyone has any suggestions beside poison, please let me know!

I've been doing my research and found a few helpful tidbits about what to plant in these upcoming months:

Since Fall is here, many vegetables don't have enough time to develop before the cold, and( if you live in the mountains like us) the frost. However, there are still a few vegetables that can be planted in October.

Fall is the perfect time to plant blueberry plants. Planting in the fall will allow for good root growth and early growth this coming spring.

Flower Bulbs
October is a great time to plant those fall flower bulbs. There are many varieties that can be planted this fall and start blooming early spring. 

Garlic is a vegetable that can be planted in the fall for a larger and earlier harvest this coming spring.

Herbs are defiantly the most popular indoor plant to grow throughout the winter months. Try your hand at these 5 most popular herbs - Basil, Chives, Oregano, Parsley, Thyme

I've also been doing a lot of research on Companion Planting (a phrase I didn't know existed until a couple days ago). Companion Planting is the practice of arranging symbiotic plants in close proximity to one another.

Squash, corn and beans, a group of vegetables also known as “the three sisters” in traditional Native American agriculture, is perhaps the best example of successful companion planting. When grown together, the three crops mutually benefit one another.

Another easy place to start with companion planting is Mint. Plants in the mint family  will deter aphids and cabbage moths and are medicinal to boot. 
Marigolds: The strong aroma of these flowers has long been effective at deterring pests in the garden, so plant them generously throughout your veggie beds. At the end of the season, allow the flowers to dry and harvest seeds from your favorite and most effective varieties for planting in the following year.
Sweet Basil: Sweet basil repels aphids, asparagus beetles, mosquitoes and mites, and stunts the growth of milkweed bugs. It also repels the tomato hornworm and is said to improve the taste of tomatoes. 

I made a handy guide for easy companion planting. I can't wait to get started!

basil, tomato, parsley, dill, coriander, aster
garlic, onions, potatoes
most vegetables and herbs (carrots, cauliflower,
 cucumbers, cabbage)
garlic, onions
cabbage, onions, kohlrabi
pole beans
Cabbage Family (broccoli, Brussels sprouts, 
kale, kohlrabi, cauliflower, cabbage)
celery, potatoes, beets, onions, spinach, chard, sage, 
thyme, mint,
tomatoes, dill, strawberries, pole beans
tomatoes, peas, onions, leeks, chives, rosemary
dill, parsnips
potatoes, spinach, bush beans, onions, cabbage families
corn, potatoes, aster
potatoes, peas, beans, squash, cucumbers, pumpkin
beans, corn, radishes, sunflower, dill, beets
cauliflower, potatoes, basil, sage, rue
beans, spinach, tarragon, thyme, marigolds, peppers
most herbs, roses, raspberries, apple, pear trees, 
cucumbers, peas,
beets, broccoli, bush beans, carrot, strawberries, 
radishes, cucumbers, dill
cabbage, parsley
beets, carrots, lettuce, strawberries, dill, chamomile
peas, asparagus
corn, cucumber, celery, eggplants, bush/pole beans, radishes, 
spinach, strawberries, tomatoes, turnips
chives, potatoes, onions
tomatoes, okra, parsley, basil, carrots
fennel, kohlrabi, apricot trees
beans, corn, cabbage
pumpkin, squash, tomatoes, sunflowers, cucumbers
corn, beans, radishes, peas,oregano, marigolds
carrots, cucumbers, lettuce, parsnips, peas, spinach, members of 
squash family,
hyssop, cabbage, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, turnips
peas, beans, cauliflower, eggplant, onions, strawberries, squash
beans, pumpkins, corn, cucumbers, onions
asparagus, onions, beans, basil, lettuce, garlic, cucumber,
celery, chives, peas, peppers, parsley, marigolds
dill, fennel, apricot trees, potatoes, kohlrabi, corn
peas, cabbage
potatoes, radishes or other root vegetables
nasturtium, flowering herbs

 So much information, and all brand new to me. If this was all common knowledge and I'm sounding naive, 
 please don't burst my bubble, I'm feeling pretty proud of all my new found knowledge! 

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