Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Review: The Mix&Match Guide to Companion Planting by:Josie Jeffery

 The Mix & Match Guide to Companion Planting: An Easy, Organic Way to Deter Pests, Prevent Disease, Improve Flavor, and Increase Yields in Your Vegetable Garden
About the Book:
With its unique split-page mix-and match system, The Mix & Match Guide to Companion Planting is a colorful visual gardening guide to which vegetables, fruits, and herbs grow best with one another, and which do not.

Due to the revived interest in vegetable gardening, people are again turning to the age-old practice of companion planting as an effective way to avoid chemicals and reduce labor simply by placing the right plants next to each other in the garden. This book is designed to help gardeners mix and match various companion plant pairs and groups to create healthy, harmonious botanical communities. All you have to do is choose from the extensive plant directory to find the perfect plant pals. Each central crop has a row of colored dots along the top and bottom of the strip showing its "requirements"--that is, what it's looking for in a companion plant, whether it be a support while growing and a pest deterrent or a soil conditioner and a nutrient accumulator. Turn the strips and match the dots to find your plants' best friends. The more dots that match, the better the chance your plants will flourish.


About the Author:
JOSIE JEFFERY grew up with a companion planting chart pinned up permanently in the kitchen. She studied Horticulture and Garden Design at the University of Brighton, is the author of two gardening books, and runs a seedbomb business, SeedFreedom.

My Review:
 It took me a little while to figure this one out because of the type of format used, but now since I got it---I'm unstoppable. The book is very informative and has brightly colored pictures to insure you of the flower or veggie you have in mind. Complete with symbols, complete instruction of use of the book, and a complete history of companion planting you will be off to get your hands dirty in no time at all.

 The author even tells you about other types of gardening based on climate changes, the elements, lunar gardening, celestial gardening and then goes on to describe how to prepare you soil. Since the roots are how our plants receive their nourishment there is an entire section devoted to them. In the 104 pages that this little contains it is choked full of gardening information and there is more than enough to get you started on your own!

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from Blogging For Books.