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This is interesting...

Antspennyroyal, spearmint, southernwood, tansy
Aphidsgarlic, chives and other alliums, coriander, anise, nasturtium and petunia around fruit trees
Borergarlic, onion, tansy
Cabbage mothmint, hyssop, rosemary, southernwood, thyme, sage, wormwood, celery, catnip, nasturtium
Colorado potato beetlegreen beans, horseradish, dead nettle, flax, catnip, coriander, tansy, nasturtium
Cucumber beetletansy, radish
Flea beetlewormwood, mint, catnip, interplant cole crops with tomato
Japanese beetlegarlic, larkspur, tansy, rue, white geranium
Leafhopperpetunia, geranium
Mexican bean beetlemarigold, potato, rosemary, savory, petunia
Mitesonion, garlic, chives
Nematodesmarigold, salvia, dahlia, calendula, asparagus
Rose chafergeranium, petunia, onion
Slugprostrate rosemary, wormwood
Squash bugtansy, nasturtium, catnip
Tomato hornwormborage, marigold, opal basal
Whiteflynasturtium, marigold

Given what I've planted, I should perhaps find some tansy.   Seems to work for borer, squash bug, AND cucumber beetle.  Assuming this site ( is correct...

Then again, on another site, I found this:

"Annual Marigolds can be used anywhere to deter Mexican bean beetle, squash bug, thrips, tomato hornworm, and whitefly. They are also known to repel harmful root knot nematodes (soil dwelling microscopic white worms) that attack tomatoes, potatoes, roses, and strawberries. The root of the Marigold produces a chemical that kills nematodes as they enter the soil. If a whole area is infested, at the end of the season, turn the Marigolds under so the roots will decay in the soil. You can safely plant there again the following spring. Nasturtium is another annual, in this case a trailing vine, that keeps away Colorado potato bug, squash bug, and whitefly." (

Which implies that the $16.99 I spent on a flat of marigolds is probably worth what I paid for it.  I may try to throw some Nasturtiums back there too, since I like them anyway and they taste yummy in salads.  I could train them up the fence, maybe...
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Greengrade for the 2-day period:
Bad: bought gogurt for the kids' special snack, ate off disposable plates and out of disposable bottle at lunch
Good: brought the drink bottle back home to recycle, since the place I got it from doesn't. And planted LOTS of veggies!

I think it's almost all in place now.

This morning I planted a row of lettuce plants along the fairly shady side of my house, so hopefully they won't get completely shredded in the summer heat.  It's sort of weird landscaping, I guess, but I know myself well enough to know that if I have to put on shoes and walk out to the garden in back in order to get salad, I won't eat salad.  This way, I can wander out onto the patio barefoot and grab a handful of leaves, and there you go.

And the backyard veggie bed is nearly full. (Still worried about the distance factor--reference previous paragraph!--but it's what we've got.) I planted snap peas along one side, which I'll train up a cage thing, then my 2 tomatoes and 3 peppers, then 3 cukes and 2 zukes.  At the other end, on a whim, I put in a couple of cantelope plants--never tried growing them before, but I thought, what the hell?

I also planted sweet fennel in and around the squash and cukes and melons, because it is supposed to be abhorrent to the nasty little worms that get into your squash and cukes and are able to winter over so you can pretty much never plant squash in that spot again.  And I'm planting marigolds all around the bed, because they are also supposed to keep bugs away.  I got a whole flat of nice "french vanilla" marigolds--they don't have that sort of mustardy color I dislike about the general species, and they are sort of scattered around the bed.  I like it.

I need to research other kinds of "companion gardening," other plants that grow symbiotically well with each other...


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