Root Knot Nemesis

Root Knot Nematodes – My Nemesis:

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Some have asked about root knot nematodes. I just pulled these plants out of the garden that have this problem. They are microscopic creatures that infect the root system of plants. Once in the soil, they are very difficult to eradicate.

As you can see, these plants would have a hard time getting the nutrients they need. They began suffering from other diseases as well. Eventually, little or no fruit, and generally sad looking plants… First two photos show one tomato plant. You can see the small ripe tomato. This is supposed to be a beefsteak!

The third photo is borage – sorry it is out of focus. But I wanted to document that the nematodes do attack borage as well….

The fourth is another tomato plant.

Frustrating!

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Root Knot Nemesis

Winter Borage & the Bee

I was admiring the sun shining on the borage in the garden this morning, grateful that I live in Southern California. Today, winter feels more like spring.

As I knelt down to take these photos with my mobile phone, this honey bee decided to take advantage of his moment of fame.

What is the purpose of this post? Nothing more than to share my feelings of thanks.



Winter Borage & the Bee

Mini Blog – Where Borage Doesn’t Grow, Hornworms Do

This hornworm was found on a backyard tomato plant yesterday.

Our front yard plants, surrounded by borage, are not affected. Only my laziness in not planting borage in back brought the moths in. We had been hornworm free for 3 years since applying companion planting techniques :)

Photo also stars my grandson. We spent all late afternoon worm hunting. Good times!

Mini Blog – Where Borage Doesn’t Grow, Hornworms Do

Companion Planting Recommended Books

With the thousands of books that have been written about gardening, organic gardening, and companion planting, you may find it difficult to choose the right book for you…

We found ourselves in the same situation. Perhaps our choice of books will help you to narrow down your purchase…

For Companion Planting, we purchased the following two books:

  1. Carrots Love Tomatoes: Secrets of Companion Planting for Successful Gardening
  2. Secrets of Companion Planting: Plants That Help, Plants That Hurt

What one book leaves out, the other includes.

Our favorite tip:

Plant Borage! This beautiful plant will re-seed itself for the next year as well. Plant near your tomatoes – they love them! Not only that, borage attract bees which will also come across your tomatoes, peppers and other veggies. Other benefits of borage – the flowers look rather lovely in a vase, providing beautiful filler and added color to floral arrangements.

Borage is also an edible salad green, and the flowers are an anti-depressant! Eduardo Machado, a plant specialist from Uruguay recommends eating 7 flowers a day to keep the blues away. They’re not bad!
Other methods we have used successfully include growing garlic and parsley near your roses…
More photos coming soon – please stay tuned!
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Anya

    Companion Planting Recommended Books