Companion Planting

The LifeGARDEN featured five workshop presentations during the garden tour. Matt and Amber Christian, who rent two plots at the community garden, opened their garden to visitors and shared the benefits they reap from thoughtful companion planting. Amber says they visit their garden three to four times each week. They have close to twenty different plants in their garden.

Matt and Amber printed up some nice information on their garden. They shared highlights of everything they have learned about the benefits of companion planting. Matt says effective companion planting has meant that they haven’t needed to use herbicides or pesticides in their garden. To ensure healthy plants, the couple also built raised beds and amended their soil with vermiculite, peat moss, coconut fiber and compost.

For the tour, Matt and Amber placed their informational slides in sheet protectors and mounted the information on heavy card stock. Visitors could view the slides as they examined their vegetable garden and listen to their presentation. These slides were simple and effective visuals alongside the garden.

Companion Planting

Matt and Amber also printed slides for each type of plant in their garden. Here, they provide an overview of Borage. Amber encouraged visitors to taste the sweet flowers. Their borage was two feet high, in full bloom, and in the center of their south garden bed. Many people aren’t familiar with uses for borage. The beautiful blue flowers are very captivating. I have no doubt that the visitors who saw this in Matt and Ambers garden now have Borage on their garden wish list for next year.Plant InformationIf you are planning to have visitors to your garden for a special event, consider using some informational aids like the slide Matt and Amber created for their guests.

 

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Jennifer Ebeling
Jennifer Ebeling is a proud Minnesotan and U of MN alumni. Gooooooo Gophers! Each week, Jennifer produces and hosts Still Growing - a gardening podcast dedicated to helping you and your garden grow. The show is an in-depth interview format. Guests featured on the show share a passion for gardening and include authors, bloggers, professional gardeners, etc. Listeners and guests of the show can join the Still Growing community on Facebook. It's a place to ask questions, share garden stories, interact with great guests featured on the show, and continue to grow and learn. Jennifer and her husband Philip have four children, a big golden lab named Sonny, and live in lovely Maple Grove, Minnesota. P.S. When she's not teaching her four kids a new card game - or teaching them how to drive a car - Jennifer loves inspiring individuals and groups to maximize and personalize their home & garden.
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