By Shannon Butler
Most people who know me, know that I await spring planting season with the same calm nonchalance as a Labrador pup waiting at the window for their owner to arrive home from work. I check constantly see when the snow is melted, and it is safe to plant. I have to say, this chilly rainy spring was rough. So much anticipation, so little cooperation from the weather.
Now that the temperatures are starting to climb, it’s time to have some fun in the garden. I don’t have a huge garden plot, so I need to make the most of the space that I have by planting early producers in front of plants which take longer to mature I can increase my yield (think planting early sow, fast maturing seeds like radishes and spinach in front leaving space for late maturing plants like tomatoes or peppers. Companion Planting techniques aren’t just about maximizing space, they also maximize yields by plating mutually beneficial plants together. The University of Minnesota Extension Service has good information on companion planting for our region.
I am so grateful for The U of M Extension Service website and their Master Gardener Program. They are such a great resource for all things garden-related.
Gardening Calendar for Midwest:
Washington State University Chart for Companion Planting
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