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Roses Love Garlic: Companion Planting and Other Secrets of Flowers
From deterring insect pests with hot peppers to encouraging strawberries by bordering them with chrysanthemums, Louise Riotte shows you how to use the natural qualities of common plants to increase your garden’s productivity. Roses Love Garlic profiles hundreds of plants, features sample garden designs, and includes recipes for using your harvest to make herbal cosmetics, ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published January 2nd 1998 by Storey Publishing, LLC
(first published 1983)
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Once there was a partly shaded rosebush at the entrance to myLaguna Beach home-I rented, so I couldn't remove the rosebush to a sunnier spot, and the coastal fog rolled in and over this rose bush. It was being eaten alive by aphids. I planted organic garlic bulbs in it's dirt after reading Roses Love Garlic...>/i> , and the new rose leaves grew in full and healthy and the aphids disappeared. I even remember it flowering, and it turned out to be a red rose.
I loved Carrots Love Tomatoes so much that perhaps my hopes were too high for this book. Although there is some useful information, most of the flowers and plants in the book aren't things a majority of people would plant or even have access to. For example a patchouli plant. My biggest takeaway from this book sadly, is that most bulbs are toxic, so don't eat them. Lol ok, I wasn't planning on it.
Great reference. This works sort of like a dictionary. There are entries for various plants with short blurbs about what or what not to plant together. Riotte also covers a variety of topics like pests and planning. Definitely worth the read and the space on your shelf if you are hoping to make the most of your flower garden.
Apr 04, 2012 Erika rated it really liked it
I need to look at this one earlier next year. I also need to save some more money to do anything I want to do from this book. Lots of good things coming, but this year I'm focusing more on the herbs and veggies.
This book contains clear and helpful information on dozens of vegetables, herbs, and flowers in an easy-to-find index and chapter system. I highly recommend it!
Beloved Storey author and life-long gardener Louise Riotte passed away in 1998 at the age of 89. She wrote 12 books on gardening, companion planting, and garden lore, among them the ever-popular Carrots Love Tomatoes, which has sold approximately 515,000 copies. Her father taught her to believe in and practice astrology, while her mother was a practicing herbalist. Together they inevitably influen ...more