Perhaps. But upon re-reading it it seems to suggest using aromatic
crops, perhaps as a border crop. Why it suggests potatoes as aromatic
I don't know. Do potatoes produce smelly flowers or leaves?
This is what I'm getting out of the book...
All members of the cabbage family are heavy feeders and like a rich
soil (rich meaning manured). They also crave calcium (lime). Potatoes
on the other hand dislike limed soil. And while the book states that
the fragrance of potatoes (and other aromatic crops) helps, it doesn't
state to plant potatoes next to cabbage. (In fact, it states under the
"Potatoes" section, that potatoes dislike lime). It appears as one of
those overlooked things while she wrote the book (easy enough to do).
That's the way I'm taking it. So perhaps planting potatoes around but
not next to cabbages works well, to keep whatever causes clubroot
from getting to the cabbage.
Great catch! Thanks for pointing that out.
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Yes, there are ways to accomodate potatoes in your garden, but really
very few possible companions. Potatoes will like semi-composted wood
chips mixed with compost, high organic matter, well drained, high Ca,
but low pH. I suppose garlic is one of the few veggies that will thrive
in similar conditions. The other veggies I know that accept some
acidity (tomatoes, squash family) are all no-nos.
The interesting part is that you can make life comfortable for your
veggies, simply by knowing their preferred pH, and major nutrient
requirements, using only wood ash (alkaline), manure (basic
fertilizer), wood chips (acidity). Wood chips might be 0-0.2-0.2, pH
about 4. to 5.5 depending on how advanced their composting is. Manure
is 2-1-2, dry weight, and about neutral. Ash is 0-2-7, pH 10.4. Of
course I use also leaves (neutral, low nutrients) and composted kitchen
scraps (high nutrients, similar to manure).
The best gardening books will usually tell you pH range and nutrient
requirements for each veggie. You then proceed to group them according
to their fertilization requirements, and then within the bed you might
decide to interplant them according to companion preferences.
Actually, Jim, some varieties do have fragrant flowers. Having always
thought of veggie blossoms as generic regarding smell, it was quite a
surprise to realize that the blues have a very fragrant flower.
But perhaps the reasons some use potatoes (???) as a border might be that
the critters think it's too lowly a food for them to eat, like royalty did
centuries ago. (The story of the potato in Europe is rather interesting.)
You do realize, of course, that I'm joking about the critters, don't you?
Seriously though, some of the "different" varieties of potatoes I've
grown can compete with many flowers for the pleasant fragrance. Never
thought of them like that at all until one spring in the garden, I located
the source of that wonderful aroma - a blue potato plant in bloom.
However, I wouldn't think that even the most aromic (sp) of them would
It's amazing how sometimes one's senses become sensitive. I'm
feeling chills coming up from the depths of planet earth. Seriously.
Very weird. Things should start getting warmer but that's not what
I feel. Perhaps it's the ice melting in Iceland. Saint Petersburg FL is
a small peninsula surrounded by water on the western coast of FL.
I take my shoes and socks off and I feel temperature sensations
coming through the floors of the house. In fact, I can keep my socks
on and my calves yet feel chills. And as I sit hear typing I'm feeling
more chills resonating up through my spine.
Thanks, I was just thinking, yeah, potatoes do have a definite odor to
them, even without any flowers or leaves.
Flies supposedly like some smells (rotting smells) and dislike other
smells (fresh leafy basil). I don't really know. Just trying to pay more
attention to it all.
I'm going to plant some more basil tomorrow.
Too many bugs showing up.
Thanks for commenting on the smells of the potato blossoms.
Blue potatoes you say? Hmmm. I've got some purple grass. ;-)
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