Organic Sustainable Companion Planting Gardening


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  • Filled with weeds when I moved into the house with this yard. First step was to smother the weeds with layers of cardboard and newspaper.

    Instead of filling the beds in one process I chose to fill them bit by bit as money and product became available.

    The plants, soil, bricks, and plants were all given to me by either friends or through Craigslist and Freecycle.
  • Yard leaves, bags of soil when given or on sale, coffee grounds, pine needles, coconut coir, and zoo doo.
  • Nasturtiums grow best with shade and planted directly outside, carrots did not take (at first yes, then were gobbled up)
    Grow Nasturtiums, Lavender in pots so they can be moved around in the garden
    To make the most use of the space in the beds, plant inbetween with ground cover.

  • Organic Sustainable Companion Planting Gardening

    1. 1. Sustainable Companion Gardening Prepared By: Lisa Beuning June, 2014 Prepared For: Sustainable Garden/Horticulture, Biology Class Shoreline Community College Judy Penn, Professor
    2. 2. Steps to Create Companion Planting  Fill garden beds with soil mix  Choose plants based on compatibility  Natural pest control  Attract beneficial insects  Natural pest control  Increase yield of vegetables  Use of sustainable practices  Lessons Learned First Rule-There are No Rules
    3. 3. Filling Garden Beds with Soil
    4. 4. Filling Garden Beds with Soil What makes your garden grow? Garden Soil Coconut Coir Animal Waste Compost Organic Top Soil Yard Compost Seashelis Organic Cedar Grove Compost
    5. 5. Filling Garden Beds with Soil
    6. 6. Choosing the Plants Wish list and availability Seeds and Starts
    7. 7. Plotting the Beds  Plants currently in place  Starts growing for school project  Raspberry plants  Sun, air, water usage, root depth Considerations
    8. 8. Sustainable Gardening Techniques ‘Meeting the needs while not compromising the ability of future generations to meet theirs.’
    9. 9. Sustainable Practices 1. Seashells for slug control 2. Water from rain barrel 3. Coconut coir
    10. 10. Sustainable Practices 4. Used coffee grounds 5. Animal compost 6. Local soil/compost
    11. 11. Bed One Side by Side Comparison Bed One Mid Bed One CurrentBed One Starts
    12. 12. Bed Two Side by Side Comparison Bed Two Mid Bed Two CurrentBed Two Starts
    13. 13. Bed Three Side by Side Comparison Bed Three Mid Bed Three CurrentBed Three Starts
    14. 14. Lessons Learned Too Much of a Good Thing
    15. 15. Lessons Learned Bed Two Beets Bed Three BeetsBed One Beets Location, Location, Location
    16. 16. Progress,NotPerfection  Location of plants  Utilize potted plants around the garden  Utilize intercropping  Don’t plant too close to established plants  Journaling – more of it  Row cover usage  Plant more native perennial plants LessonsLearned