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Post  Eric Lingo 3/13/2015, 2:57 pm

this year I have ALL of my beds up and running..6 4x8 beds with native soil with some compost mixed in
then my awesome 4x4 MMs beds with weed cloth down

one of the ideas I was thinking of doing and wanting some input is doing some companion planting I recently picked up A Beginners Guide to Companion Planting: Companion Gardening with Flowers, Herbs & Vegetables by Mel Jeffreys.

some of the questions I have in this is..do you plant the companions at the same time or spread their planting times out cuase there are some combos that germ/harvest way faster then their companions and I am kinda afraid the faster plant over shadowing the slower plant..case in point cabbage with celery. I had an awesome winter cabbage harvest and I am wanting to do a early summer harvest before it gets to hot.

now as for temps is there a good listing somewhere I can look at on whats good in heat bad in heat good in cold bad in cold I see planting times but I wana try and plan their harvest time in the ideal times..

also I wana try some of the herb/flower companion stuff aswell like marigolds and dill and such
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Post  sanderson 3/14/2015, 2:33 am

Eric, I've been away from computer, running errands, etc., plus I was hoping someone else would answer your questions about companion planting. Very Happy We both live where something can be grown all year around. Companion planting (except for flowers) seems too complicated for what I want to do. I have come to the point (after a whopping 24 months of gardening!) that I will have basically 2 crops, March-Sept, and Oct-March, with some overlap. Summer flowers set out the same time as summer crops, winter flowers set out with winter crops.

Winter: cole crops, chard, snow peas, lettuce with Pansy, snapdragon, carnation, etc.
Summer: beans, tomatoes, peppers, etc. with petunia, zinnia, sunflower, etc.

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Post  Eric Lingo 3/14/2015, 5:10 am

ya that's about the same for me,..march-sep..oct to march
just trying to come up with some planting planning..aka don't put A near B but near C that kinda thing. I will prob do more research about the companion stuff I am still trying to learn good combination of plants for the season
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Post  sanderson 3/14/2015, 1:51 pm

I made an elaborate companion and enemy Excel chart. Haven't looked at it since! Embarassed I just picture how big something will grow and plant something that fits next to it.

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Post  momvet 3/21/2015, 11:09 pm

These posts have really helped me. I think it just changes the idea of simplicity of SFG if I overthink it and since I am in area where I can pretty much grow year round, I think I will follow sanderson's advice. Our zones are close and I think it will work.
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Post  Eric Lingo 3/22/2015, 2:11 am

ya Kathy..we can grow preety much year round here..things I am trying to work out..is things like say tomatoes like carrots around them..or make an angled trellis for cuccumbers and plant shade loving plant under neath like lettuce..or having problems with say cabbage worms plant something near by that deteres them or attracts friendly insects that dine on them that kinda ideas
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Post  sanderson 3/22/2015, 3:59 am

One of the things about SFG is that it doesn't have to be boring like, say, row gardening. There is always something that can be changed, decorated, attempted, copied, raised, angled, moved, etc.

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Post  Eric Lingo 3/22/2015, 3:31 pm

you are so right Sanderson love that idea..
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Post  Eric Lingo 3/29/2015, 5:37 pm

this is one tired sore SFGer

finished the prep work on 6 4x8 beds and 3 4x4 beds..they are planted watered 
got a nice selection of things growing for this part of the growing season..think I got like 22 different things planted and some new variants havent tried  yet going to try my hand at pickling so got a pickling cuccumber variant planted some requests..radish for the wife some red cabbage for mom and oh only 72 corn (before thinning-if needed) going to try the three sister companion planting with the corn..maybe not sure there is realisticly enough room ok..well time to get in the shower and the comfy clothes
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Post  AtlantaMarie 3/29/2015, 7:44 pm

Don't forget some ibuprofen for those sore muscles...  Wink
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Post  Eric Lingo 3/30/2015, 12:00 am

oh ya..also going to be calling up a fellow massage therapist to come work on me for trade..my legs and back are going to need it.

also here is the shameless self promoting..anyone in orange county CA need a massage I am a certified massage therapist  Very Happy
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Post  sanderson 3/30/2015, 5:43 am

Eric, Be right down!

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Post  AtlantaMarie 3/30/2015, 2:05 pm

Do you make house calls to GA?  Wink
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Post  Eric Lingo 3/30/2015, 2:49 pm

my policy is anything outside of orange county the client pays the travel expense..so sorta ya
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Post  Kelejan 3/31/2015, 12:33 pm

@Eric Lingo wrote:my policy is anything outside of orange county the client pays the travel expense..so sorta ya
That's fair. If you want it enough, the seller should not lose out.
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Post  AtlantaMarie 4/1/2015, 8:33 am

LOL, just not sure I can afford you, Eric! 

Airfare, 55 miles from the airport, lodging...  And I'm guessing you'd want to eat while you're here too...?

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Too bad - I could use you this morning.  Probly DH could too.  We put a new bed in yesterday to keep folks from parking & running over our water meter.  So stiff & sore.
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Post  Eric Lingo 4/1/2015, 2:49 pm

well be sure to drink plenty of water..do some lite stretching over the next couple days..to easy the muscles 
nothing stressful  or painful just to ease the muscles after some extra stretching and such they are not used to
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Post  AtlantaMarie 4/2/2015, 11:32 am

Done, thanks.  And feeling much better!  But still would like a massage....   Wink
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Post  Eric Lingo 4/2/2015, 4:46 pm

well you can always come to CA for a vacation..disneyland kinda thing
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Post  AtlantaMarie 4/3/2015, 8:32 am

Hmmmmmmmmm.....   thinking   That's not a bad idea!
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