Root Knot Nematodes – My Nemesis:
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.
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:
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
near your roses…
More photos coming soon – please stay tuned!