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Permaculture Design Principles
Companion Planting
Many of these relationships are fairly general. The best results come from creating diversity by using a variety of herbs and ornamental plants alongside the edible crops planted in the garden.
Some Companion Plants are:
  • Basil helps repel flies and mosquitoes
  • Birch leaves encourage compost fermentation
  • Borage in the strawberry patch will increase the yield
  • Catnip repels fleas, ants and rodents
  • Caraway helps breakdown heavy soils
  • Chamomile deters flies and mosquitoes and gives strength to any plant growing nearby
  •  Chives grown beneath apple trees will help to prevent apple scab; beneath roses will keep away aphids and blackspot.
  • Elderberry a general insecticide, the leaves encourage compost fermentation, the flowers and berries make good wine.
  • Fennel repel flies and ants
  • French Marigold root secretions kill nasty nematodes (not the beneficial ones) and will repel white fly amongst tomatoes.
  • Garlic helps keep aphids away from roses
  • Hyssop attracts cabbage white moth keeping brassicas free from infestation
  • Mint repels cabbage white moth. Dried and placed with clothes will repel clothes moth.
  • Nasturtium secrete a mustard oil, which many insects find attractive and will seek out, particularly the cabbage white moth. Alternatively, the flowers repel aphids and the cucumber beetle. The climbing variety grown up apple trees will repel codling moth.
  • Pyrethrum will repel bugs if grown around the vegetable garden
  • Rosemary repels carrot fly
  • Sage protects cabbages from cabbage white moth
  • Tansy (Tanacetum, not Senecio) repels moths, flies and ants. Plant beneath peach trees to repel harmful flying insects. Tansy leaves assist compost fermentation.
  • Wormwood (Artemesia, not Ambrosia) although it can inhibit the growth of plants near it, wormwood does repel moths and flies and keeps animals off the garden.

Some compatible vegetables are:

  • Beetroot: Onions, Lettuce, Cabbage, Silverbeet
  • Cabbages: Beans, Celery, Beetroot, Onions, Potatoes
  • Cauliflower: Celery
  • Celery & Celeriac: Chives, Leeks, Tomatoes, Dwarf Beans
  • Carrots: Lettuce, Peas, Leeks, Chives, Onions, Cucumbers, Beans
  • Broadbeans: Potatoes, Peas, Beans
  • Tomatoes: Asparagus, Parsley, Broccoli, Sweet Basil, Carrots
  • Sweet Corn: Potatoes, Peas, Beans

Source: Soil Sista


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I seeded the nasturtium for this years garden. I’ve got a few ideas for some new edible flower experiments.

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ashamedtosay replied to your post: victoriafindslife answered your post: …

Does cull mean eat?

Cull means kill, but in our case it means eat or sell to eat as well.

— 3 days ago with 13 notes

notreallyawitch replied to your post: Babs has been helping me weed for a co…

Does she still like to cuddle?

She does still cuddle, but she doesn’t always like being caught. Sometimes she makes it easy, sometimes she’s difficult. But once you have her she nuzzles in and does her little soft whistles. She’s just the sweetest, funniest duck.

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victoriafindslife answered your post: We keep hatching way more drakes than …

weird. Are you culling all the extra drakes?

We will be. They are still young, but that is our plan. I need to overwinter way fewer birds/animals than I did last winter, too. We have a plan for once!

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teenytinydinosaurfarm replied to your post: Duffy and I are unreasonably in love w…

Can you tell me about them? I was considering picking up a few poults myself

The turkeys are completely unlike the guineas, chickens, and ducks. They are calm, although part of that may be that they’re young. So they don’t panic and get flighty over tiny things. They have soft vocalizations, sort of peeps that sound like they’re perpetually politely asking me questions. They follow me as I’m the one who feeds them and they are very hungry little guys, so when they see me they run toward me and they aren’t hard to catch. They aren’t squabbly, either.

The downside of their personalities is they are presumably not very predator wary, so you have to be careful where you put them. They are also beginning to fly really well. But their bellies bring them back in the evening for food just like the chickens. Another downside is they die easily at first. It is common to lose a lot of poults when you start. If you brood them, they like it hot like guineas do.

There’s just something calm and nice about the turkey poults. 

— 3 days ago with 24 notes

Sometimes a sick turkey needs a bit of milk in the morning.

— 4 days ago with 51 notes
#turkey poult 
We keep hatching way more drakes than ducks.

It seems statistically impossible. So I tried to search what determines duckling sex, like if temps or anything made males or females more likely, and I can’t find any information. 

This summer we have hatched nearly 90% drakes in four or five clutches of eggs. It seems so unlikely I’m wondering if it’s related to environmental or husbandry conditions.

Any ideas?

— 4 days ago with 27 notes
Babs has been helping me weed for a couple of hours.

Babs has been helping me weed for a couple of hours.

— 5 days ago with 32 notes
#babs  #Barbara Cricket 
ashamedtosay asked: How is Barbara?


I don’t know how long this question has been here, so I’m sorry if it’s been sitting.

Barbara Cricket is great! She still limps on and off, but she is an expert at interacting with people, dogs, and ducks successfully. She forages around the farm, often leading the other Muscovies to a new spot. She helps me weed, she is laying small eggs, and seems to be a really happy duck.

We love her like crazy.

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