Today we planted some marigold and tomato plants in the same bed. I was unsure why this is such an important companionship until i did some research. Although many of the “myths” about marigolds have been proven wrong by science they HAVE been proven to protect against nematodes. This is a good thing because Plant-attacking nematodes reduce plant vigor, stunt growth, and cause death.
Yesterday the garden instructor and a student took a trip to Eastwood Elementary School to teach some of the fifth grade students about Bio-char and its effects on an experiment we are currently conducting.
We are conducting an experiment on lemon basil plants where we have 20 plants half with bio-char and half without. We are studying the effects on growth and moisture levels. The Eastwood fifth graders where taught about the general effects of bio-char, how to make it and our findings in this experiment.