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The Basics Of Companion Planting In A Vegetable Garden January 31, 2014

Filed under: Life's Little Riches — revivalnatural @ 10:55 pm

This is a nice basic guide to companion planting for the most common garden vegetables.

Old World Garden Farms

One of the ways to help your garden become more productive is to employ the principles of companion planting. Companion planting encompasses all of the relationships between plants that grow near or with each other. The key is in knowing which of those relationships are beneficial  – and which can be harmful.

Some varieties benefit by being cultivated with others because of the nutrients they can provide to the soil and the companion plants.  Beans are famous for helping corn grow better because they fix nitrogen levels in the soil, making it easy for the corn to soak it up.

Other plants provide support or shade for a different variety grown in close proximity – such as leaf lettuce inserted around tomatoes. As the tomatoes grow they provide valuable shade to the lettuce crop – and the lettuce in turn covers the soil as a live mulch.

Still another benefit can…

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Herb Garden Needs A Kitchen Near By! January 26, 2014

Filed under: Life's Little Riches — revivalnatural @ 12:01 pm

Town & Country Gardening

herbs-n-potsEvery kitchen needs at least 3 maybe more small Herb plots(Gardens).
Before rushing out to buy herb plants or herb seeds, consider this.

  • All herbs like Full Sun exposure.
  • If you do not have a south facing window to provide strong sun light for your potted herbs, growing potted herbs will be a real challenge at best.

    Herbs can be grouped into 3 classes.

    1. Culinary herbs are probably the most useful to herb gardeners, having a wide range of uses in cooking. These herbs, because of their strong flavors, are generally used in small quantities to add flavor. Parsley, produced in the largest amount, is used mostly as a garnish. Next in popularity is sage — an important flavoring in pork sausage. Other popular culinary herbs include chives, thyme, savory, marjoram, mint, and basil.

    2. Medicinal herbs have long been thought to have curative powers. But while present medical…

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    I know it has been a while….

    Filed under: Life's Little Riches — revivalnatural @ 11:51 am

    I haven’t updated or posted anything in months.  2013 was a tough year for me.  I just wanted to let everyone know I have not given up.  I did end up taking the wordpress app off of my phone because it was taking up too much space.  Ultimately I need to upgrade my phone.  For now it is a bit of a hassle to post pictures but I do have internet again so I can make posts from my laptop, which is what I am doing today.  If you would like to see more recent pictures of what is going on along with other information on gardening and natural building please visit  Here are a few fall/winter garden pics.  Here in the Charleston, SC area plenty of things stay green all winter 🙂



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