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Companion planting encourages friendship between your crops. Deter pests, improve quality, and boost yields by sowing mutually beneficial varieties.

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Farmers and gardeners rely more on companion planting with each cycle of seasons. But what is it? First, let’s discuss modern, conventional agriculture for comparison.

Since the 1950s, conventional agriculture has employed methods of monoculture planting assisted by heavy machinery. This post-war agricultural revolution reduced the need for human workers but had enormous implications for our soils and ecosystems.

Planting large areas with the same plant encourages explosive growth of that crop’s natural predators — thus requiring chemical pest control. In addition, sowing the same thing each year depletes the soil of nutrients and diminishes micro diversity.

Thus, you need…


When do you water your garden, and what are some clever ways to do so? Let’s find out.

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Most avid gardeners know the basic needs of plants: sun, water, nutrients, and air. Today, we narrow our focus to the hydration of your garden. Depending on your climate and environment, a garden needs more consistent watering than the occasional rainfall. So when does one water their plants, and what are some clever ways to do so?

Life, as we know it, relies on water for sustenance. Water cleans, transports nutrients, removes wastes, and more. Its flowing behavior, tendency to adhere and cohere, and ability to dissolve most things define its function in a system. …

JM Heatherly

(He/They) From Tennessee. Top Writer in Cooking, Sustainability, and Food. Co-editor of The Daily Cuppa. Finding gems to polish for you.

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