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Some plants thrive in each others' company. They offer protection from bugs and disease, provide shade and enrich the earth with nutrients. Planting basil, for example, next to tomatoes helps to ward off whitefly and a patch of nasturtiums not only looks good, but keeps the nasty aphids away from your runner beans. Some plants, on the other hand, just simply don't get on. The A-Z of Companion Planting explains the theory and the practice. It looks at its usage historically and brings the practice up to date with today's gardening techniques and our desire for chemical-free vegetables. Then the author guides you through which crops, herbs, grasses and fruits can be planted together (and equally important, which mustn't) to make sure that you get the very best crop with the highest yields - and naturally! Jayne Neville, herself a practitioner of companion planting, discusses and explains the reasoning behind it, giving the reader a fuller and more rounded understanding of an age-old gardening practice which modern reliance on 'chemical warfare' has unjustly marginalised. With the current trends towards both permaculture and no-dig gardening, this might just be your passport to healthy and environment-friendly crop production! Combined with a handy, easy to use diagnostic table and clear, easy to understand line drawings, Jayne Neville's book is destined to be a classic reference book on this unscientifically proven yet 'known to work' area of gardening.
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With today's schedules, few people are able to enjoy their gardens during prime daylight hours. But there is a way you can delight in the fragrance and beauty of flowers after dark: Plant a night-blooming garden! Also known as moon gardens, night-blooming gardens are expressly designed for evening enjoyment. While attractive during the day, they take on a whole new look and feel at dusk, casting a magical spell. Pale-colored flowers reflect light from the setting sun and the rising moon, shining luminously and giving the garden an almost mystical glow. Fragrances seem more alluring. Silvery foliage shimmers tremulously as the evening breezes dance by.
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