Veggies, Herbs & Flowers are key for Companion Gardening
Due to many factors including the widespread use of pesticides, native bee populations have been on the decline.
At my community garden, there are 2 hives filled with honeybees to help pollinate the gardens. I always make sure to plant flowers around the edges of the garden to attract pollinators. For more info on companion plants, see below.
How to Deter Pests
Plant the following:
Flowers: Marigolds, Nasturtiums, Geraniums and Petunias attract pollinators and ward off pests
Herbs: Basil, Coriander, Parsley, Garlic are excellent to repel aphids
Mint helps to repel ants
If you have aphids (common on fruit trees): spray a mix of neem oil, garlic and water onto the leaves where you see the eggs and bugs, remove infected leaves.
How to prevent Bolting
What I grow: Zone 7a planting
Where I currently live in British Columbia, I have a pretty long growing season, from about March- October, and some plants even survive through the winter. I have managed to fit 38 different species in a plot that is 3 ft x 8 ft (with a bonus garden along one side).
What I learned during my first growing season last year was that BC gets extremely dry and sunny during the summer months. I'm pretty sure it didn't rain once for 3 months, hence all of the wildfires. My garden required daily watering (MORNING OR EVENING only, not mid-day). This year I switched it up and decided to grow Kohlrabi instead of zucchini, and pole beans instead of tomatoes. I also swapped out the beets for carrots and cucumbers for purple cauliflower.
Harvest & Cultivate a Diverse Gut Microbiome
Make the Switch to Organic
Organic gardening is more important now than ever. If you do not have access to a garden, please do your best to buy organic. There is a lot of confusion about organic gardening, and many people believe it is a scam due to the high price. It turns out that buying and eating organic is an investment in your health and the environment.
Conventional fruits and vegetables are sprayed with pesticides, herbicides and fungicides. The WHO has found that glyphosate, also known as "roundup" to be a probable carcinogen. This has not stopped many producers in North America from spraying their crops with roundup, and furthermore engineering seeds to be roundup resistant.
Glyphosate is an antibiotic and kills off good bacteria, feeds fungus in the dirt and chelates to minerals.
In the human body, it is a hormone disruptor, mitochondrial toxin, causes birth defects and can contribute to dysbiosis and leaky gut. An accumulation of glyphosate can be found in urine tests during detoxification.
When buying foods, look for the labels Organic and Non-GMO. Both have the following differences:
Ideally, when you are buying food look for both labels together. If you are buying from a farmers market, there may be smaller verifications that the farmers use, you can ask them about it. Usually they have displayed their licenses showing that they are organic.
Look for what organic vegetables are on special at the market. I buy a lot of my plantings at farmers markets and if I buy them at big box stores, I make sure they are grown without the use of pesticides and are non-GMO.
At age 28, I am only getting started in my career path. I have just relocated to Vancouver to study holistic nutrition, and hope to share my knowledge through this platform. This website is a work in progress.