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Spring has Sprung Competition

Hi Spriggers,

Last year we ran a competition to win Jeannine Davidoff’s ‘South African Planting and Companion Planting Guide‘. In conjunction with *earthwormproductions* we are doing the same again this year in our “Spring has Sprung” competition.

The South African Planting and Companion Planting Guide has over 150 vegetable, herb, flower and fruiting species mentioned and over 100 full colour watercolour illustrations. The guide has useful tips on when to plant, what grows well together, and what each plant is used for nutritionally and medicinally.

Make a comment on this post to enter and stand a chance to win a free copy of the South African Planting and Companion Planting Guide. For extra points, tell us all about your organic gardening and companion planting experiences. Let us know about the projects, eco-villages and innovations you are working on! (This is not true in fact – winners will be selected by Sprig using the  True Random Number Generator but tell us anyway!)

The “Spring has Sprung” competition runs from 12 September till 30 November 2012. A monthly winner will be announced on the last day of each month of the competition.  The winners name will be posted here on Sprig, on *earthwormproductions* website and on their Facebook page.

With Mulch Love and good humus,

Sprig and earthworm

32 replies on “Spring has Sprung Competition”

Ooh, very interesting. My question is how companion planting works for potplants – because my whole garden is in pots. Can plants placed side by side yet in different pots still affect one another beneficially, or do they need to be planted together in the soil for the “companion” effect?

I would like to companion plant caterpillar eating plants. Like a set of guests around a dinner table. The plants (or companions) can merrily enjoy a caterpillar feeding frenzy. I will provide the drinks and entertainment. Between The Clash from our house, and various 90s shoe-gazer / goth music from next door, I am sure we will provide a very pleasant venue for a feast. There can be many courses, each different variety of caterpillar.

But seriously… I didn’t know there were so many different kinds of caterpillars. And although ranging from quite spectacular to rather mundane and even maliciously intimidating (and there’s the whole butterfly thing), I would prefer to have herbs.

I use marigolds, coffee grounds and my husband (armed with a spade in order to slice horrible yellow slugs in half) against pests aiming for my tomatoes and lemon trees.

Having recently moved to our farm near Swellendam, where I have planted an orchard of lemon trees which I’ve grown from seed, and which have become a target for both slugs and red spider mite. Googling (as don’t have Jeannine Davidoff’s South African Planting and Companion Planting Guide yet LOL) maigolds came up top. Perhaps, if I won her book, I could find out differently…

I live in hope.

Hey Spriggers –

Am now into the Spring phase of my Cape Garden v.3, have terraced the slope, laid down 30cm of mulch and am now planting out seedlings which were from last year’s seeds. Companion combos thus far: basil, tomato & rocket (turns out that not only do they taste great together, they grow well together too), spring onion/leek borders on lettuce beds, buckwheat & yarrow patches under fruit trees that are pushing out blossoms and leaves at a rapid rate.

Tagetes dotted throughout to ward off the nematodes, using upturned broken bits of crockery to trap slugs & snails, and using nasturtium as an aphid trap. Trying to avoid using chemicals, so am regularly brewing up a tobacco, chilli & garlic bug spray, which works well. Some bugs here (fuzzy brown caterpillars, twinspot larvae and monarch larvae) are easy enough to simply pick off and crush underfoot. Red wrigglers are producing tea by the gallon, and very rich castings as they go.

All set for the summer! True Random Number Generator, I leave it up to you!

I would love to have something to help me seperate witch plants need sun and which not as well as if they are suitable for pots.

I would love to have Jeannine Davidoff’s ‘South African Planting and Companion Planting Guide as I am on a small plot of land and am trying to grow most of my own food. Currently I google companion planting a lot. And I have also done permaculture introduction course which taught me a bit about growing organically.

I usually like winter but this year was one that made me think it would never end. Not for the cold- which is NEVER really that bad in SA, or at least it’s short lived, but for the fact that my veggie garden became the battlefield of madness between myself and my Houdini bantams.
Alas, I lost my early autumn crop, then my winter crop and in July, my would have been spring crop. I have deserted my garden and have all but abandoned hope but for the break of spring and suddenly i am re-inspired.
Well, i can hardly pretend i could succeed in giving up gardening, lol, but i have decided to include veggies in my ornamental garden and since plants aren’t like humans in their prejudiced tendencies, companion planting can affect a lot of good result; and hopefully the bantams won’t get wind of my secret mission. So I may still see food on my table before the year is over!
send me this book so i can learn to better my garden politics and affect better diplomatic relations with my livestock?!?!

I AM Madly manifesting my Dream smallholding …. where we can Put into practise the Art of Permaculture and by Example, Spread the Wealth of Knowledge & Share the Abundance & Healthy Lifestyle. No admission to Limitations !!~ What will Be WILL Be – The Universe is Being HUGELY Supportive by proffering the ideal venue & the Real People to Power it … The input of winning gentle Jay’s beautiful book, along with the realisation of the necessary finance to Power this project, are the next steps to bringing Serendipity Echo Haven and Animal Sanctuary to Fruition. Que Sera Sera !! – “Who and What we Are has No end to its Possibilities….” :>)

Organic gardening is the basis of all I do in my garden. Being self taught, it is a truth love of mine to live in a natural environment where the birds and bugs and bees are happy and I can share with them the joys of the earth. Practicing permaculture seems to come from an earthly spirit within me. It comes spontaneously and when it feels right – I do it.

Country living is the best! Being a true spirit of the earth, my garden is all about vegetables and fruit trees and herbs and chickens roaming free. I was keen to really start gardening when we moved to Philadelphia in 2005, but not your typical suburban-type garden – sterile and bug-free! I wanted an edible garden.

Since returning to George getting my garden producing again. Going to be running a Food Gardening w/e workshop for garden route lads & lasses on the 29th and 30th Sept – so the book would come in real handy to show, share and use 🙂

We have half an acre, most of which I am wanting to put into food producing and medicinal plants, which I think this book would really help me with. Good luck everybody 🙂

Oh my! How sexy will that look on my bookshelf! Although I have a wealth of knowledge and experience to draw on from the people with whom I work and live; being an amateur this book will definitely boost my confidence to have a bit more fun.

I could really do with having this wonderful book in my home, I think organic is the
only way we are going to get healthy food into our bodies!! The vegetables we
are buying these days (unless organic) are just not good enough !

Thank you for having a competition for such a wonderful book. I have been trying companion gardening from what I can glean on the internet, but would love love love to have an actual book focused on South African plants.
I have recently found what a difference raised beds make. I have lettuce, calendula, rosemary and spinach thriving together in one bed, which was built up using bamboo and filled with rich and tasty compost. I am amazed at the difference it has made!
I wonder if anyone has a recipe for a gogo spray – the last one I made from a recipe on the internet using chillis, olive oil soap, garlic and so on, was so strong it almost wiped out my poor plants!
This looks like a great site. When I tried to subscribe I could not, so please subscribe me? Thanks!

I would love to win this book for my school library…we dont even have one yet, but once we get one this will be book no 1…check out our site we’re having a earthship built by the mothershipproject 2012 soon…Greenpop’s coming over on the 15 October 2012 to plant some 30 trees and SANBI continues to encourage us to plant fynbos garden.

I am in a rapid learning curve, concerning gardening.
This book can help me tremendously.
Maybe luck will be on my side 🙂

I am attempting to grow vegetables in crates because we have very little topsoil on our property. So far the bugs are definitely winning the race for delicious homegrown vegetables. I would love to know what to plant with what to keep them down to the bare minimum without harming the good insects. So glad to have found this page thanks to Living Seeds.

I have used Jeannine’s original b+w version planting guide for years and passed it around to so many… Thanks for your effort J It’s been so helpful as a sowing guide. Am now looking forward to starting a new garden in my new home with my new Planting Guide! *!*

A really pretty way to protect your lettuce from birds is to plant it with flax. The flax grows into tallish whispy stalks with pretty blue flowers which the bees love, creating very thin shade to protect the lettuce and creates movement to chase the birds.

My three year old son and I love gardening together. We sow seeds and watch his little babies grow. To his teachers delight, many stories are told at crèche usually starting with ‘mommy and I made babies yesterday’!!!! We are now watching the beanstalks grow which are taller than my son – he can’t wait to climb them to meet Jack….our crisis is currently the slugs eating the strawberries…so any companion to help would be appreciated. The monsters have navigated pine needles, straw, netting and are going strong”!

I bought a lemon and a lime tree last year. The Tropical Nursery advised that I plant Nasturtiums around them to prevent aphids. Apparently the insects would rather eat the juicy flowers than bother to climb up the tree. Something has almost destroyed the Nasturtiums, or maybe they are just at the end of their growing period. I have now planted marigold seedlings. The leaves of the trees have been eaten up. And the unusually wet Durban has brought out snails by the million. What to do about them, what to do?

We are a family of four who have just started our road to growing our own. We purchased all the seeds from livingseeds and we made our own veg boxes ( to hide an ugly wall0 out of reclaimed pallets. We are loving it!!!! We make all our own compost and we plan to make our own worm bin soon. This book would just help us so much and its South African which is so great!! Would love to have this book !

This is the first year I am doing sqare foot gardening.The beds were expensive to fill, but the harvest is spectacular. I will be turning a profit in a year or three. I am just planting everything together randomly. I wonder why some plants are not thriving!

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