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Introducing Plant Guilds

By dave
April 6, 2011

The concept of plants guilds is an extension of the companion plants thought process. Different plants do different things and bring different benefits.

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Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Jul 5, 2011 12:01 PM CST
Dave I love this article just as much as the first time I read it. It reminds me that I need to get busy looking at what I can change in my gardens to benefit the plants I have.
Do you grow anything around your tomato plants?
Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
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dave
Jul 5, 2011 12:09 PM CST

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Yep, we sure do. In fact, I was working at one point on an article about companion plants for tomatoes and I will one day finish and publish it.

I always grow basil around my tomatoes. I know that carrots are also excellent companions, and that borage is good around them. My article will contain detailed explanations of all that and what each plant does for each other. Thumbs up
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Jul 5, 2011 2:18 PM CST
I'll be watching for the new article. : )
Name: Charleen
Barnesville, Ga. Zone 7b-8 (Zone 8a)
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Ridesredmule
Jul 7, 2011 11:51 AM CST
Very good Article. Love learning new things.
Thank you for shareing. Learning is a never ending process.
Name: barb allison
Fate, Texas (Zone 8a)
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mamajack
Jul 7, 2011 1:54 PM CST
i love this concept so will be watching.
Name: Margaret
Delta KY
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Mindy03
Jul 8, 2011 7:32 PM CST
Great article Dave. I will be waiting to read the rest of the articles. I have the book and it's a great one. Hope I can get it back from my brother though he wasn't finished with it last time I visited him.
Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
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dave
Jul 8, 2011 7:46 PM CST

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I think I've read the book 5 times now. Smiling I am planning on having audio (and maybe eventually video) interviews with gardening personalities here at ATP, and I really want to have an interview with the Gaia's Garden author.
Name: Margaret
Delta KY
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Mindy03
Jul 9, 2011 5:50 AM CST
OOOOOH you get that interview you make sure I know about it in plenty of time to tell my husband and the dogs they are on their own while I check that one out.
Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
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dave
Jul 9, 2011 6:19 AM CST

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Thumbs up
Name: Jayne
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rtl850nomore
Jul 11, 2011 5:55 PM CST
I too am a Toby Hemenway fan and have read and re-read his book several times. I totally changed the way I was veggie gardening after the first reading. This year I surrounded one of my tomato beds with green onions and what a difference there was between that bed and the other one where I did not surround them. I am still harvesting tomatoes in July in the desert from the surrounded bed while the other is quite fried after battling insect attacks. I plan to add more guilds in the fall planting season. Looking forward to more guild articles and that interview with Toby would be great. We were honored to have him as one of the instructors for the PDC put on by the local Valley Permaculture Alliance this past spring.
The reason most people fail instead of succeed is because they give up what they want most for what they want at the moment.
Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
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dave
Jul 11, 2011 7:57 PM CST

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That's great that we have another permaculture fan, Jayne! Maybe eventually there'll be enough of us and we can have a permaculture forum. Until then, I am planning a series of articles like this one that touch many of the innovations to come out of the permaculture "movement".
Name: Margaret
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Mindy03
Jul 12, 2011 5:56 AM CST
Hmmmm would garlic work the way onions did around the tomatoes? That's the kind of information I'm most interested in learning.
Name: Dave Whitinger
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dave
Jul 12, 2011 6:36 AM CST

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I've never heard about planting garlic around tomatoes. Garlic is excellent around roses (and most fruit trees, and blackberries, are roses).
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Delta KY
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Mindy03
Jul 12, 2011 6:45 AM CST
I have some around an old rose that came from my grandmother's rose bush which was started from one brought over by her parents or grandparents and it works great around them.
Name: Dave Whitinger
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dave
Jul 12, 2011 6:46 AM CST

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I'll bet so! Thumbs up
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JuneBug
Aug 25, 2011 6:59 PM CST
I really appreciate your article Thumbs up I know so little about this and you have shared lots of great information. Can't wait to see more on this I'm all ears! I am super interested in anything that would help repel squirrels, deer and raccoons - especially raccoons Sad My family has never found anything that deters them other than a combined guard staff of dogs and geese.
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CarolineScott
May 23, 2013 7:05 AM CST
I appreciated reading this article.
I would like to get "living mulches" growing in the flower beds.
Usually I grow borage with tomatoes.
This year I sowed watermelon in one container which has tomatoes.
Probably won't get watermelon,but the vine is pretty and covers the soil.

I look forward to future articles. I have the Gaia's Garden book.
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flaflwrgrl
Oct 18, 2013 5:32 PM CST
I took your word for it Dave & just bought the book -- 2nd edition. I won't get to begin reading it until Christmas b/c it is 1 of my Christmas presents. When it arrives; I will hand it, unopened, to my hubs who will keep it sequestered away until Christmas.
I am so excited though!!!!! Just reading the info. about it as well as Dave's recommendation & that of the others on this thread makes me look forward to it so much!
Thanks everyone! I tip my hat to you.
I am a strong believer in the simple fact is that what matters in this life is how we treat others. I think that's what living is all about. Not what I've done in my life but how I've treated others.
~~ Sharon Brown ~~



Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Region: Texas Master Gardener: Texas Permaculture Raises cows I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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dave
Oct 18, 2013 6:51 PM CST

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You bumped an ancient thread! Hilarious!

You're going to LOVE that book! Thumbs up
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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flaflwrgrl
Oct 18, 2013 7:52 PM CST
I may have bumped an ancient thread but it's an EXCELLENT thread & I'm glad I found it (thank you random idea) & thus bumped it! nodding

Also, (nudge, nudge) wondering if you ever finished & published that article about companion plants for tomatoes? Big Grin
I am a strong believer in the simple fact is that what matters in this life is how we treat others. I think that's what living is all about. Not what I've done in my life but how I've treated others.
~~ Sharon Brown ~~



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