Common household remedies request
Just ordered my seeds! And two luxury items:
1. A stand-up, "collinear" hoe designed by Elliot Coleman, which means I can be even lazier than I already am about the few weeds that make it through the sheet mulch, and
2. A roll of planter's paper mulch. This claims to raise the soil temperature by around 6°r; F, so when I move my seedlings out of the jugs in the ground, I'll ring the stem with paper, and the shock will be less.
Here's what I ordered: Carrots, cukes, Asian eggplant, cantaloupes, tomatoes, green beans, daikon. I'll buy the peppers in flats. And the squash seeds are already outside in their milk jugs.
What I'm asking, though: I've had great success with using marigolds as companion plants for the tomatoes. Last year, thanks (I think) to that plus sheet mulch, my tomatoes were disease free!
So I'd like to know if anyone has had success with companion plants, especially with squash, canteloupe, and daikon. (Slugs seem to have liked the daikon, but I'm not sure there are companion plants for slugs.)
Oh, and I'm going to solve my distribution problem by giving vegetables away....