Super beneficial plants

This is taken and modified from the Website of David Austin roses.

If you have planted a rose or other plant recently and want to try and introduce the mycorrhizal fungi, the best way to do it is by planting a second plant along with some mycorrhizal innoculant powder (follow directions on package). As long as the two are (planted) fairly closely, the fungi will quickly spread from one root system to the other.

During this time (approximately a month after planting), do not cultivate the ground to a depth of more than 2" as the fungal mycelium (thread structure) is easily damaged.(This would suggest hand-weeding and using mulch to discourage weed germination).

 Many different plants (as companions to roses) can be used. Although, if you choose those that are to also attractive to beneficial insects, then the benefit will be to both the roots and the shoots.

Below is a list of plants that are both highly mycorrhizal and attractive to beneficial insects.

Latin Name Common Name Plant Type
Achillea species & varieties Yarrow Perennial
Aconitum species & varieties Monkshood Perennial
Ajuga reptans Bugle Perennial
Allium species & varieties Ornamental onions Biennial/Perennial
Anethum graveolens Dill Annual
Anthemis species & varieties Chamomile Perennial
Aquilegia species & varieties  Columbine Perennial
Calendula officinalis Pot Marigold Annual
Crocus species & varieties  Crocus Bulb
Eryngium species & varieties  Sea Holly Perennial
Eschscholzia californica Californian Poppy Annual
Foeniculum vulgare Fennel Perennial
Galanthus species & varieties Snowdrop Bulb
Geranium species & varieties Hardy Geranium, Cranesbill Perennial
Hyacinthoides species Bluebell Bulb
Iberis species & varieties Candytuft Perennial
Lamium species & varieties Dead Nettle Perennial
Lavandula species & varieties Lavender Perennial
Lobellia species & varieties  Lobelia Perennial
Lonicera species & varieties Honeysuckle Perennial
Papaver species & varieties  Poppy Annual/Perrenial
Phacelia tanacetifolia Phacelia Annual
Primula species & varieties  Primroses Perennial
Pulmonaria species & varieties   Lungwort Perennial
Rudbeckia species & varieties   Coneflower Annual/Perrenial
Sedum species & varieties Ice Plant Perennial
Solidago species & varieties Golden Rod Perennial



Drowning In Tomatoes? Try Something Different This Year.


If you’re a home gardener about to drowned in tomatoes rolling in off the vines and demanding to be consumed before they go bad, hang on. Here comes a life preserver.

I chop up a small bowlful of fresh very ripe tomatoes, add chopped red onion or scallions, minced garlic, chopped fresh basil, and extra-virgin olive oil.  I sometimes add Kalamata olives. I make this dish in the morning and let it set on the kitchen table all day. By evening meal time, the flavors have melded nicely, and I serve it over hot cooked spaghetti noodles and top it with fresh grated parmesan for an easy meal on a hot summer day.

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