CUCUMBERS: Cucumbers are great to plant with corn and beans. The three plants like the same conditions: warmth, rich soil and plenty of moisture. Let the cucumbers grow up and over your corn plants. Cukes also do well with peas, beets, radishes and carrots. Radishes are a good deterrent against cucumber beetles. Dill planted with cucumbers helps by attracting beneficial predators. Nasturtium improves growth and flavor. Keep sage, potatoes and rue away from cucumbers. It is said that cucumbers don’t do well planted next to tomatoes. We have never had a problem with planting them next to each other.
In a bid to perpetuate a growing culture of dependency, authorities in Orlando, Fla., are trying to force a resident to dig up a vegetable garden he planted in his front yard, saying the plot of produce is a violation of city ordinances.
According to local reports, Jason Helvingston, who planted a 25 x 25 foot micro-irrigated garden of radishes, wax beans, kale and other veggies, is so far defying the city, saying he doesn’t see any problem in trying to grow his own food. Nevertheless, city officials have given him a deadline to dig up the garden, or suffer the consequences.
“I said, ‘You’ll take my house before you take my vegetable garden,’” he told WKMG. “There’s nothing wrong here, there’s nothing poisonous here. This is a sustainable plot of land.”
The TV station reported that city code requires any ground cover to be planted in such a way that it gives off a finished appearance. The city says that is so neighborhood lawns appear clean and inviting, so as to preserve property values.