pest control - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by dbhseard623
April 17, 2010
Getting ready to start vegetable garden. Plan to have: Tomatoes, green beans, cucumber, squash, zucchini, green onions, radishes, lettuce, spinanch, broccoli and cantaloupe. Suggestion for type and layout for best results? What herbs will serve as pest control?

Answer from NGA
April 17, 2010


In general, you want to plant the tallest plants at the back of the bed so they won't shade the others, or in the center of the bed so they will provide shade for the more tender plants. Lettuce, spinach and broccoli will grow and produce better in the cooler late winter/early spring, or in the fall months. While you can plant them now, they will bolt if the weather gets too hot. If you do plant them now, plant your green beans and tomatoes in the center of the plot so they can shade the onions, lettuce, spinach and broccoli. In the front of the bed plant the sprawlers = cucumber, squash and melons - so they'll have room to spread out. Some herbs such as rosemary and sage are purported to deter insects. Why not give them a try?

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