Originally Posted by wwinorth
Are there certain plants that should not be planted next to each other? (other than for cross-pollination reasons, those I get)
There is a book my mother swears by called "carrots love tomatoes" which covers companion planting and includes what not to plant next to each other and why.
A great resource I use is the gardenweb.com forums. lots of very knowledgeable people there covering thousands of topics.
I too am joining the SFG brigade. I wouldn't dare try any other way with our soil here (all clay
: ). It took us two years of working our soil just to put in a lawn. SFG looks like a lot of fun. We might try one or two boxes built with wood and a couple with cinder blocks. The blocks run 1.57 each at Lowes - i think someone asked before.
My only reservation with this plan is Mel's mix. It seems like it is too much compost and runs the risk of burning your plants - even if you are using 5 types. It also seems like it might dry out very easy, at least around here. We live in a high desert climate where the summers are HOT during the day and chilly at night. Humidity is pretty much non-existent and the wind is always blowing. I might try one box with mel's exact recipe and one with the mix but adding in some actual soil.
I am so itching for spring to get here; this winter is dragging on and on and on and on.... I have to start most of my plants indoors since our last frost date is June 1 and our growing season is under 100 days. The joys of gardening in the rocky mountains
I bought most of my seeds and starting gear this weekend and they are sitting on the table taunting me. I'm ready to get my hands in the dirt!!!