Directions

  1. Plant the squash or cucumber transplants in your garden, and tuck radish seeds into the soil in a circle around each transplant. The radishes should pop up within a day or two.
  2. Check the radishes daily for cucumber beetles and squish any that you find. If you're squeamish about squishing them, drop the beetles into a jar or bag and throw it into the trash.
  3. Plant the tansy the same day you plant your vegetable transplants. Tansy can be invasive, so set it in a plastic pot with the bottom cut out and set the plant in the soil, pot and all, to contain it. If you plant tansy directly into the soil, check it regularly and pull up any underground shoots that wander away from the planting area. Plant a 4-inch

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Some herbs have a reputation for helping their neighbors fight off disease. "Try basil, for tomatoes," for instance, Dennis Glowniak recommends. "People think of basil and tomato as going well together in sauces, but actually a number of tests have shown that when they're planted together, both plants are more vigorous." Dennis explains that a vigorous plant repels diseases and insects more easily than one that's unthrifty. To give your tomatoes the benefits of basil (and vice versa), simply plant one basil plant inside each tomato cage, on the sunny side, tf clump of tansy for every 2 vegetable plants. Anecdotal evidence suggests that the tansy encourages overall healthy growth in cucumbers, Dennis says. 4. Divide un potted tansy with a shovel at least annually "You don't walk away from tansy," Dennis warns.

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