Book Review: The Mix & Match Guide to Companion Planting

The Mix & Match Guide to Companion Planting:
An Easy, Organic Way to Deter Pests, Prevent Disease, Improve Flavor, and Increase Yields in Your Vegetable Garden

by
Josie Jeffery

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With its unique split-page mix-and match system, The Mix & Match Guide to Companion Planting is a colorful visual gardening guide to which vegetables, fruits, and herbs grow best with one another, and which do not.

Due to the revived interest in vegetable gardening, people are again turning to the age-old practice of companion planting as an effective way to avoid chemicals and reduce labor simply by placing the right plants next to each other in the garden. This book is designed to help gardeners mix and match various companion plant pairs and groups to create healthy, harmonious botanical communities. All you have to do is choose from the extensive plant directory to find the perfect plant pals. Each central crop has a row of colored dots along the top and bottom of the strip showing its “requirements”–that is, what it’s looking for in a companion plant, whether it be a support while growing and a pest deterrent or a soil conditioner and a nutrient accumulator. Turn the strips and match the dots to find your plants’ best friends. The more dots that match, the better the chance your plants will flourish.

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I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.  I was pretty excited to get it because I am a proponent of companion planting and try to utilize this concept in my gardening.

The book started off well.  It gave some very basic gardening information on soil, microorganisms and climate.  It gave some history to companion planting and explained the concept.  These things would all be good for a beginning gardener to read.  The rest of the book is made up of a three-part flip chart, where you are supposed to mix and match the plants to see which ones will do well together.  While each card had nice details on each vegetable or herb, I actually thought the “dot system” they used was a little confusing.  I actually have found charts online using a basic “companion planting” Google search that I felt were easier to understand.  So, overall, while I feel like there is a lot of valuable information in this book that I will use as a reference, I don’t think it mastered it’s original purpose, because I’ll still probably go elsewhere to reference my best companion planting options.

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Would I recommend this to my BFF?  No.  She’s not a gardener.
Would I recommend this to my teen?  Maybe if she showed an interest, but she’s not much into gardening either.  It targets a very specific audience.

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Unfortunately, this one just didn’t meet my expectations.  3 of 5 stars.

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