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I have had this book for years and years. I really enjoy it and re-read it every year. I hesitate to "loan it" even to my daughters!
In the book a suggestion is planting basil around/with tomatoes. I have been doing this for years (more than 8) and it really, really, really works. In the span of time I have seen perhaps at most 10 tomato horn worms on the plants and the plants stay relatively free of other bugs. I put in the basil plants about a week before the tomatoes (and we usually have quite a few tomato plants).
Great book that is well organized and easy to use. I like how each vegetable and herb is put in order and you are told what are great companion plants. You also are told what plants are NOT good neighbors.
This is my garden "bible".... I also have her books "Roses love garlic" and "Sleeping with a Sunflower.... Bought them on ebay where if you are patient all things "out of print" or aged will show up eventually. Lots of practical and useful information for us citi girls with just a little bit of dirt to play with. I highly recommend it to all newbie gardeners to learn the basics of plant companionship.
This book is an excellent book of traditional companion gardening wisdom. And I have no doubt at all that companion planting does work -- its benefits have been observed for a very long time....
....however, this book contained a few glaring scientific mistakes -- for instance the book claims that fungi are just plants without chlorophyll... NOT TRUE! Other comments that are made in the book are here say, or have been rendered obsolete or inaccurate (as is the case in the natural fertilizer section, that gives a number for the amount of nitrogen found in rain, this number is dramatically different from area to area as most of the nitrogen in rain is from pollution).
Use this book as a valuable, easy to read guide of what should and shouldn't be planted together, but please don't take everything as absolute fact.
This is a great book. It's more than just information on companion planting -- it also includes lots of other tips for natural pest and disease prevention, soil improvement for specific plants, and information on trees and the growing habits of weeds. Things are really easy to look up -- there is a section each on vegetables and herbs orgazized by plant, so you can look up how to best take care of your tomatoes or cabbages. Then there's another section on pests, so you can look up a specific pest to see what types of plants may repel it. Definitely a good resource.
This has been a very helpful book for me in my gardening; for all of my flowers, veggies and herbs. (Whenever I can ever get it out of my daughters' hands.) I've even owned the 1975 edition (worn out and frayed;) this second edition is even better, and easier.
The campanion plants are regular plants and nothing exotic about them. The book is easy to read and understand, and you can browse through it by borrowing the book from your local public library.
Just remember to please renew it on time, or buy one of your own. Because once you read it you'll really want one of your own.
This is one of the best books we own. There is so much to learn about companion planting, natural ways to not have to use pesticides. I always recommend this book to anyone who gardens. I actually had a copy and misplaced it, so I bought another....then found the first one. It is worth every penny. The two that I own are, of course, different volumes and this book is updated, as I found out by looking at it here. Surprisingly in 8 years, the price has only raised about $1.50.