Simply put, companion planting is the gardener’s way to garden. This method — of planting “friendly” plants in close proximity to each other, while keeping incompatible ones at a distance — increases the productivity and improves the health of your garden in a way that is 100% organic and eco-friendly; may reduce water usage; eliminates […]
About Jen Laffler
Jen Laffler’s love of gardening began with an attempt at growing strawberries in a dark corner of her parents’ backyard. Those strawberries didn’t amount to much, but the pleasure and wonder
of working outside, helping things grow, never went away. Now Jen grows strawberries, and a bunch of other stuff too, in the lovely little park attached to her house (some call it a backyard).
Join Jen and her family’s adventures in gardening at www.spearsshootsandstalks.com , or find her on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Spears-Shoots-Stalks/1061153627246384.
Entries by Jen Laffler
When our Maya was 3 years old, we asked her which vegetable she’d like to plant in “her” garden. Without skipping a beat, she shouted, “Bacon!” A more imaginative mother might have handed her daughter a bunch of bacon bits, helped her plant them in the garden as though they were seeds, and then […]
Two years ago, I planted a vegetable garden and watched… and waited… and wondered… where are the bees? Pumpkins, in particular, are one crop that simply won’t grow unless they’re pollinated, and as the blooms came and went, fruitlessly, it was clear that we were missing our bees. I eventually resorted to pollinating the pumpkins myself, using […]