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Old 06-03-2013, 05:15 PM   #131
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Buckwheat is good for attracting good bugs that eat the bad bugs that are trying to eat your plants. It also attracts honey bees. Also, it forms quite densely so keeps weeds out, too.
Thanks. Marigolds are going up by the house near the garage and won't be a companion plant.



 
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Old 06-03-2013, 06:24 PM   #132
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Thanks. Marigolds are going up by the house near the garage and won't be a companion plant.
I didn't mean to sound like I was slamming on your marigolds, I've heard there is some benefits to planting them by...tomatoes?...but I've never seen anything solid showing what they were supposed to do.

With any companion plant, you want to be careful in how you are using them. Obviously because they could be robbing nitrogen from your hops and sunlight if they are too tall. But they may act like those Japanese Beetle traps that actually pull more beetles into an area than they kill.

That said, I like the smell of marigolds and always try to plant them around our house but SWMBO doesn't...so I'm mildly jealous.



 
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Old 06-03-2013, 08:52 PM   #133
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I didn't mean to sound like I was slamming on your marigolds, I've heard there is some benefits to planting them by...tomatoes?...but I've never seen anything solid showing what they were supposed to do.

With any companion plant, you want to be careful in how you are using them. Obviously because they could be robbing nitrogen from your hops and sunlight if they are too tall. But they may act like those Japanese Beetle traps that actually pull more beetles into an area than they kill.
Yea thats a really good issue to bring up. I've read repeatedly that they repel aphids but considering they may attract something else, and we have a japanese ladybird (aphid eating, biting ladybug looking creature) population that is rather intimidating, they can go elsewhere.

Appreciate all the input. Got the first row all in this weekend and will take pics soon.

Jamie

 
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Old 06-03-2013, 10:06 PM   #134
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I didn't mean to sound like I was slamming on your marigolds, I've heard there is some benefits to planting them by...tomatoes?...but I've never seen anything solid showing what they were supposed to do.

With any companion plant, you want to be careful in how you are using them. Obviously because they could be robbing nitrogen from your hops and sunlight if they are too tall. But they may act like those Japanese Beetle traps that actually pull more beetles into an area than they kill.

That said, I like the smell of marigolds and always try to plant them around our house but SWMBO doesn't...so I'm mildly jealous.
A lot of gardening sites out there recommend things like Marigolds etc as they attract things like ladybugs. If you have ladybugs constantly in your yard your never going to have to worry about aphids or many other bugs.

Even just potting them and putting them around the yard would work. The idea being just to give ladybugs a lot of places to hide during the day so they dont cook.

 
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Old 06-04-2013, 10:40 PM   #135
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Yep. I have quite a bit of buckwheat growing. With me being Coeliac, I use that for grain. So may hops are protected and I get lots more free grain. Bonus.
This is pretty much the direction I want to head too.

 
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Old 06-05-2013, 05:55 AM   #136
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This is pretty much the direction I want to head too.
What, beer for practically nothing? Haha That's why I am doing it. Plus, it has got me into gardening. I'm turning into quite he British Gentleman... Haha

 
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Old 06-06-2013, 10:21 PM   #137
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What, beer for practically nothing? Haha That's why I am doing it. Plus, it has got me into gardening. I'm turning into quite he British Gentleman... Haha
Well, jolly good for you, old man. But no, not so much for free beer as the freedom from gluten. Now, that would be bully.

 
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Old 06-09-2013, 09:38 PM   #138
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