The Mix & Match Guide to Companion Planting {Book Review}


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About the Book – The Mix & Match Guide to Companion PlantingThe age-old practice of companion planting is an effective way to create healthier, happier, more productive gardens simply by placing the right plants next to each other. It is an ingenious, all-natural method to control pests, disease, and weeds without the need for chemicals. With its unique split-page mix-and-match system, this colorful, visual guide makes it fast and easy for you to choose which vegetables, fruits, and herbs grow best with one another, and which do not. All you have to do is select your desired crop from the extensive plant directory, flip the strips, match the dots, and get ready for your vegetable garden to flourish!

About the Author: JOSIE JEFFERY grew up with a companion planting chart pinned up permanently in the kitchen. She studied Horticulture and Garden Design at the University of Brighton, is the author of two gardening books, and runs a seedbomb business, SeedFreedom. Connect with Josie on Facebook and Youtube.

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The Mix & Match Guide to Companion Planting is a resource I believe every gardener should own whether at a beginner, intermediate or expert level. There are great benefits to this organic method of gardening and the information within its pages serve well in making it simple to understand and easy to use. This method is known to improve flavor, deter pest, increase yields, & prevent diseases without spending lots of money or using unnatural ways to get there.

At first glance, you’ll notice that the guide is quite attractive. It’s hardcover featuring a spiral bound area containing the contents within the outer cover. This particular construction allows the reader to keep their place by folding either side back and allows durability for use after use. There are 104 pages featuring 250 full-color photos. The dimensions of this guide are 5½ x 9 inches making it easy to take along with you if needed.

There are six main sections followed by an index and credits. The six sections are: An Introduction To Companion Planting, A Background to Companion Planting, Working in Harmony with Nature, Before You Start, Getting Started, & Directory of Companion Plants. Anything you could possibly think of to ask or want to know about gardening is covered from crop rotation, composting, fertilizing, thinning & transplanting, and much more! The overview of gardening is done excellently, in my opinion. There is so much important information covered here. I really felt I learned a lot reading through this guide & I’ve already been putting it into practice in my own garden.

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Herbs, flowers, fruits, and vegetables can be found in the Directory of Companion Plants section. The directory is divided into three tier sections. The first section is the Above Ground Companion, the second section is Central Crop, and the third Below-ground Companion. The front side of the crop card features a full color photograph and the back side features extremely helpful information. The information found has particular symbols which in the front of the guide are specified such as DIS (Prevents disease), SW (Suppresses Weeds), POL (Pollinators), and so on. Other information on each card is When To Sow, Location, Growing Tips, Harvest, Pest & Disease, Recommended Cultivators, & General Comments. It’s really easy to use this system. By learning how to use the directory you’ll be well on your way to mixing and matching to ensure your garden gets the very best chance of thriving!

I would highly recommend this book whether you plan on having small garden or large one. You can also use this method when growing in planters and pots! After learning so much about this way of gardening, I don’t believe I could try any other.

Interested in Purchasing? The The Mix & Match Guide to Companion Planting: An Easy, Organic Way to Deter Pests, Prevent Disease, Improve Flavor, and Increase Yields in Your Vegetable Garden can be purchased in most book stores and on Amazon.com for around $13.65 (suggested retail price is $17.99.

Disclosure: I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for this review. A positive review is not required nor guaranteed. All opinions are my own.