Thursday, July 17, 2014

Book Review: The Mix & Match Guide to Companion Planting by Josie Jeffery

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this book, free of charge, via the Blogging for Books Bloggers Program, for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it


With its unique split-page mix-and match system, The Mix & Match Guide to Companion Planting is a colorful visual gardening guide to which vegetables, fruits, and herbs grow best with one another, and which do not.

The 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!

The Mix & Match Guide to Companion Planting sample 1


This is a great beginning gardening book! The first section gives you basic how to's and info about companion gardening, like how the moon can affect your garden, all about weeds, and fertilizing.But the primary part of the book is the 3 tiered flip section, that allows you to choose your companion plants. The Middle tier is the plant that you want to grow- in out example above, raspberries.  The top tier is just that- what plant that help the the primary plant, ABOVE the ground- in our sample case  dill. The bottom tier, in this case  Chamomile, helps the primary crop, below the ground, with soil nutrients. 

The Mix & Match Guide to Companion Planting sample 2

The cards for each plant tell you the type of plant it is, it's Latin name, when to sow/what area, growing tips, when to harvest, pest and diseases, recommended plants, and additional info. It really is a great way to figure out plants that can be grown together, that one would normally not think about. The 3 plants together help to support one another, and create their own little micro eco-system! Plus the combinations allow for color, to make you garden look great too! 

This is a great little book that any gardener would love, and if you're looking at planting a late Summer garden, or an herb/veggie garden in the Fall, it will give you some great starting ideas!

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.

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