Monday, June 23, 2014

The Mix & Match Guide to Companion Planting

Josie Jeffery's gardening handbook, "The Mix & Match Guide to Companion Planting" is one of the neatest and most helpful books I have come across in a long time. Planting a garden requires so much time in preparation, before the first seed is even planted, and this book helps you plan and organize your garden space in a way that is helpful to the plants.

What I love about this guide is that it is simple to understand. Each page of the actual guide is cut into thirds, so that you can flip through the photos various plants, vegetation, and herbs and mix and match which plants make good companions. The split page view is great, because each 1/3rd of the page has little circles with abbreviations in them that you simply match up to the next 1/3rd of the page in order to easily identify friendly plants.

What is also neat about this book is that is also gives you a brief overview of each plant, identifying when to plant, the location the plant prefers, growing tips, when to harvest, as well as information on pests and diseases, recommended cultivars, and also general comments about the plant. I found this to be really helpful in getting a brief overview of the plants before I plant them in my garden.

Overall I would say that this guide should be on every gardener's bookshelf. I thought that this book made it super easy to determine what plants should be planted together, and I loved the helpful information about the plants. I would give this book a 5/5, definitely! I would highly recommend this guide to anyone who does gardening - so helpful!

FTC DISCLOSURE: I received this book for free from's blogger program in exchange for an honest review. I was not obligated to write a positive review.

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