posted on Jul, 23 2010 @ 11:14 AM
Companion planting is a great idea, but squash, like melons or cucumber, would make it difficult to get to the corn without stepping all over the
vines, wouldn't it? I guess it depends on your area, and growing patterns.
We try to grow what we eat. I have added garlic, asparagus, and potatoes this past year.
For Texas weather, you MUST mulch. A good composting mulch for vegetables and fruits will keep the soil moist and keep the rain from beating it down.
With mulch, the soil stays moist and crumbly.
No tilling necessary when planting, just cover with plastic in the winter time to kill weeds. In the spring, uncover, move some mulch away and plant
The microbes are still there and the plants will love it. Rotate the crops on a schedule based upon what the plants give back to the soil.
For deer, I have had neighbors run a short, double row of chicken wire spaced a few feet apart with rosemary, lavender and other plants deer don't
like, planted in the space between the wire, all around their garden. Looks good, and keeps the deer out.