Boon Companions: Blueberries and Thyme

I recently added to my companion plants for my orchard by tucking some German Winter Thyme (Thymus vulgaris) into a corner beside my two blueberry bushes. Thyme makes a good companion to blueberries because they both like acidic soil and the thyme will attract bees and help to get those berry bushes pollinated. I also…

Boon Companions: Fennel and Apple Crostata

Writing in a recent post about the beneficial relationship that fennel has with apples in the garden made me think about how they might make great companions in the kitchen, too. I don’t think I’ve experienced the combination much before, if ever. Recipes for the two together seem to be fairly thin on the ground…

New Beginnings

I always find it exciting to begin to plant seeds again, after a hiatus in December. Planting radish seeds outdoors and starting artichokes, arugula, fava beans, kale, leeks, lettuce, mustard greens, onions, peas, scallions, and spinach indoors is my favorite way to start a new year. I use Portland Nursery’s Veggie Calendar as my guide…

Boon Companions: Fennel and Apples

Companion planting is not something that I’ve practiced much in the past, but now that I have a more permanent situation for gardening, I’m going to make an effort to plant things together that will benefit one another, and to keep things away from each other that will cause trouble. Since I haven’t been able…