Title: Companion Planting
Author: Margaret Roberts
Publisher: Briza Publications
Pretoria, South Africa 2007
ISBN 9781875093489 / ISBN 978-1-875093-48-9
Softcover, 16 x 22 cm, 144 pages, throughout colour photos
Companion planting is the age-old practice of planting different plants in close proximity so that they can help one another in some way. These plants complement each other by giving off scent or chemicals that repel harmful insects, or they may attract beneficial insects that are plant pollinators or predators to harmful insects. Some plants return micro-nutrients to the soil that can be used by other plants. Companion Planting describes more than 100 herbs, food plants and medicinal plants and their companions, with information on how, when and where to plant, harvest and use them. Interspersed with the text are recipes for natural fertilisers and insect sprays and information on how to use plants medicinally and in the home.
Separate sections deal with useful weeds, natural sprays, mulches, natural fertilisers and other methods to improve the soil. Margaret Roberts (1937-2017) was probably one of the first organic farmers in Southern Africa. She had been growing vegetables since the age of seven, using only natural compost and sprays, and in this extraordinary book she shared her superb recipes, her pioneering ideas, and her hands-on fascinating experiences with the reader. Author of well over 30 books, Margaret Roberts introduced herbs to South Africans in her television and radio programmes. She imported the first herbs into South Africa over 40 years ago and had trialled and tested unusual medicinal and food plants at her Herbal Centre at De Wildt.
The companion plants (more than 100 plants for the South African garden)
Natural pest control
Our changing world - global warming
Companion plants at a glance