Why companion planting?

Why companion planting?

February 9th, 2017

When its comes to companion planting, I like to remind the students about their friends and foes first. After, I bring in on how companion planting can help with fighting off those foes that eat or ruin the veggies in the garden. An example is mint, when planted along with the cabbage family, it repels the cabbage moth and ants. One of the bigger examples we talked about was, “The Three Sisters”. Which is companion planting with Corn, Beans, and Squash, and they all benefit each other in some way. To end the lesson, we played a game of companion planting. Each student received a card with a fruit or veggie, each card listed, it’s “likes” or “dislikes”, in other words it’s companions, and non-companions. At the end of class, all classes had a chance to plant seeds that are companions like, garlic and beets because garlic improves growth and flavor of beets. To end the day, we had a taste of organic swiss chard, with a sprinkle of lemon juice and Tajin, the kids enjoyed that one!

"Are we companions?"
“Are we companions?”
Planting garlic!
Planting garlic!
Planting more seeds!
Planting more seeds!
This is how much they enjoy the swiss chard!
This is how much they enjoyed the swiss chard!

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Blossoms and Sprouts

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Ashy Gray Lady Beetle

Ashy Gray Lady Beetle

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Seed Formations

Seed Formations

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El Sereno Elementary Learns the Value of a Colorful Palate

El Sereno Elementary Learns the Value of a Colorful Palate

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Healthy whole foods!

Healthy whole foods!

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Cool vs warm

Cool vs warm

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Cool vs warm

Cool vs warm

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