Lavender grows best in a sunny location with plenty of space. Its soil should be slightly acidic to slightly alkaline. If the pH is lower than 6.5, it will benefit from lime treatment. It also needs good air circulation. Lavender is hardy in zones five through nine. Plant lavender in raised beds to encourage good drainage.
The flower of lavender is fragrant and aromatic. The English variety is the most common and best-known variety grown in North America. This type grows to between 30 inches and 16 inches. This variety has large, slender flowers on a thin stem and is native to the western Mediterranean. It blooms in mid-spring through early summer. Its bloom is blue-purple to violet, depending on the variety.
There are three types of lavender. The French variety is hardy in Zones five and six, while the English variety is hardy in Zones seven and nine. Both varieties are hardy and thrive in humid climates. The English variety tends to be smaller than the French variety, but both species can grow up to twenty inches tall.
The best time to transplant lavender is in spring or fall. After hardening, it is hardy and can withstand a few nights of frost. Choose a cloudy day and a time when the ground is less frosty. Dig a hole about the same depth as the container. This will help loosen the soil and encourage new root growth.
Planting lavender requires a cool period before it germinates. After the danger of frost has passed, plant the lavender seeds in a warm place. Heat mats can help maintain the temperature. Once the lavender seedlings are small enough, they should be transplanted into 2-inch-wide pots. Once the seedlings have emerged, it will take about three to six months to grow to transplant size.
English lavender is a popular variety that grows best in zones five through eight. It has purple-blue flowers that reach 18 to 24 inches. It is a great choice for flower bouquets as the flowers are sweet and fragrant. Also, it has a high yield. If grown well, it will produce hundreds of flowers each season.
Lavender is an herb native to the Mediterranean basin. It has medicinal and culinary uses. It can be used as a tea or infused in oil. It is also useful in homemade bug sprays and cleaning agents. Lavender also has a strong odor that repels moths.
It is a member of the Amaryllis plant family. It grows in full sun to partial shade. It is easy to grow and maintain. It is hardy in USDA zones four to nine. It is drought-tolerant and a useful ornamental plant. You can plant it in your herb garden or wildflower meadow.
Lavender makes a good companion plant. It can increase the yield of your vegetables while reducing the need for weeding. You can also add lavender to your flower arrangements or bouquets. It also attracts beneficial insects to your garden. Lavender also repels unwanted pests.
Catnip is a perennial plant and is a great companion for turnips. It is also called catswort and is native to the Middle East and Central Asia. It grows from the bulb of Allium sativum, a member of the onion family. It is widely used as a herb throughout the world.
It attracts beneficial insects like ladybugs and hoverflies and repels pests that tend to attack garden vegetables. Catnip is a companion plant to a variety of vegetables, including turnips. The plant is a great addition to any vegetable garden. In addition to repelling pests, it also attracts earthworms, ladybugs and predatory wasps.
Catnip is hardy and tolerant of dry soil and low temperatures. It grows best in containers with adequate drainage. Once established, catnip will need to be thinned out once a year to avoid root bind. Plants should be spaced at a distance of 10 to 14 inches apart.
Catnip is beneficial for both humans and cats. It is very aromatic and will deter fleas, ticks and mosquitoes. The pungent scent also keeps pests from attacking your vegetables. This makes it an excellent organic pest repellent. If you don’t have a cat, consider adding a couple of plants to your garden.
Turnips are easy to grow and care for. They mature quickly. They take between 30 and 50 days to mature, depending on size. Unlike their radish cousins, turnips are not fussy about growing conditions. With a little care and attention, they will produce healthy, nutritious roots.
Catnip is an excellent companion plant for turnips. It attracts beneficial insects and helps keep pests from attacking your turnip plants. The plant also produces small yellow flowers. The flowers will fall off in the autumn. Typically, turnips are grown from late winter to early spring.
Another good companion crop for turnips is garlic. These two plants are both members of the Allium family, and they are known for repelling insects. They can also help control a variety of pests in your garden. The turnips also act as a trap for cabbage moths, so it’s a great choice for pest management.
When you’re planting turnips, you should keep in mind that turnips are best planted in cool weather. They like soil that is 40 degrees Fahrenheit or lower. They also require well-drained soil. You should fertilize turnips with a mild organic fertilizer that contains phosphorus and potassium. Turnips are not fans of high levels of nitrogen, so you should avoid over-fertilizing.
Another plant to plant with turnips is dill or German chamomile. These plants provide shelter and shade to turnips. They also help protect turnips from cabbage root flies. In addition, these plants provide essential nutrients and help turnips grow healthier.
Whether you want to grow mint to add a distinctive aroma to your next meal or to repel aphids, mint is an excellent choice for a companion plant with turnips. It grows well in soil rich in organic matter and drainage. Once established, mint can tolerate some cold. Mint should be harvested regularly, ideally just before the plant blooms. Mint leaves can be eaten raw or dried and stored in an airtight container. Mint can spread and be invasive, so be careful when planting in large fields.
While mint can grow in most soil types, it prefers moist but well-drained soil. A soil pH of between 6.0 and 7.0 is ideal. Mint does not require a lot of fertilizer, but it will benefit from an organic NPK liquid fertilizer in the spring and late summer. A light compost mulch around the plant will also keep it healthy. Planting mint in a shaded spot is a good idea, too.
When planting turnips, it is important to consider how you will plant them. Some turnip plants will do well next to vetch. This legume is known to improve soil fertility and attract beneficial insects. It also helps improve the structure of soil and prevent erosion. The roots of vetch improve the drainage in the soil and reduce runoff. The hairy varieties of vetch also protect your turnip crop from aphids, which can decimate a turnip greens.
Mint is also a great companion plant for turnips. It can help increase the production of both crops. Using companion plants in a garden will help you make the most of your space and increase the overall yield. Beneficial plants like mint and Catmint can keep pests out and attract beneficial insects. In addition to attracting beneficial insects, Mint can help with soil pests. Try planting marigolds near turnip patches, including Mexican marigolds and French marigolds.
Planting turnips requires a moist soil. You can side dress them with compost every 15 to 30 days to keep soil moisture even. The best time to harvest your turnips is when they reach two to three inches in diameter. While turning your turnips, be careful not to snip the greens. They can be tough and woody. Make sure to use sterilized scissors when harvesting.
Turnips need a well-drained soil with a pH of 6.5 to 7.0. Depending on your climate, they can be planted as early as late summer for late autumn harvest in colder climates. You can also grow them in late autumn or early winter in reverse-season regions. In order to increase your turnip yield, plant the seeds early in the spring or autumn.
Besides being beneficial for turnip growth, mint also repels rabbits and deer. They are both root vegetables and compete for the same nutrients in the soil. If you plant them too close together, they will stunt each other’s growth. Ideally, they should be planted in different sections of the garden.