If you ask a group of gardeners what they think about companion planting, you’re bound to get a mixed response. Some swear by the traditional practice and follow the recommendations religiously in their own gardens, while others dismiss it as nothing more than “garden woo.” As with most things, the truth lies somewhere in the middle.
The year is drawing to a close and seed catalogs have already made it to my mailbox. I’ve been reflecting on my successes and failures from this past year’s garden and am starting to dream up designs for 2020. I thought I’d share a time lapse of my 2019 garden with you so you can see the progress we’ve made on our homestead this year.
There is a garden nestled among the trees of Sequim, WA, that has gained worldwide attention through an internet documentary called Back to Eden. The documentary stars a humble, but revolutionary, gardener named Paul Gautschi and his home garden. Paul hasn’t watered his garden in 34 years, he doesn’t rotate his crops or till his soil, and his only garden tools are a rake and a wheelbarrow. The results? Pests and disease don’t bother his plants and the food he grows is juicier and sweeter than anything I’ve ever tasted. Even better, his methods are completely free.