Today I went to Heronswood House (which is in Dromana, Victoria) for a garden open day. It’s an old house/estate which is operated/cared for by Diggers. For those who don’t know, Diggers are a cool group which actively encourage and support the growing of heirloom plants. They’re the ones that pointed me towards the awesome painted mountain corn that I talked about in I Can Plant a Rainbow.
One of the things that they had today was a series of talks presented by their head of horticulture. Among other things he talked about how to grow tomatoes from seeds (apparently I’m too late! But I shall persevere nonetheless). But the thing that has got me thinking tonight is companion planting.
I’m currently doing research into it all, but it looks like a fun way to set out a garden! The only downside is that apparently all of the plants I grow seem completely incompatible with my tomatoes. Go figure!
I’ve found a useful companion planting chart available at Permaculture News
I find this easier to use than some of the other charts because it tells you (with cute little pictures) which to use, rather than operating on a graph type system. There’s also a helpful breakdown at Sustainable Gardening Australia if you’d like a bit more information on it all.
Currently I’m having a look through the books that are out there, trying to see whether I want to buy any of them to do some more research, or whether I should just plunge in. I suspect plunging is most likely. I’ll keep you all informed!
Have you tried companion planting? If so, how did it go? Any hints or trips for me?