Put in the effort
Food gardening requires time, commitment and effort. This may be a reality that eventually causes some time-starved gardeners to reconsider their initial enthusiasm. The following practices will lead to greater success: Grow a range of plants. This creates a healthier, more balanced environment where pests and diseases are less likely to get out of control. Monitor your crops regularly. Hand-pick greenfly and blackfly, slugs and cutworms. This is also the way to stay on top of weeds. When you thin rows of radishes and carrots, always clear away your thinnings. Leaving them to rot on the ground next to healthy plants opens the door to disease. Give companion planting a go. Peas like carrots, but not being next to onions and garlic. This is not scientific, but it does seem to work for a lot of gardeners. Grow carrots near tomatoes, rosemary next to sage, radishes next to lettuce, peas and carrots. Here are a few others to consider: Bush beans with celery and beets; corn with pumpkins and beans. Plant marigolds around carrots, nasturtiums around broad beans to confuse rust fly and black fly. Poached egg plant (Limanthes douglasii) attracts hoverflies, which feed on aphids.