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S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) developed as a rough guide to the plant’s hardiness. The term “rough” applies because hardiness depends on many factors, such as: • Duration of cold or hot weather in any given year • Force of wind • Depth of roots • How much water is in the soil at the time frost first hits The USDA has divided the United States and southern Canada into 11 planting zones or USDA Plant Hardiness Zones. The USDA has defined these regions by a 10 degrees F difference in the average annual minimum temperature in the area.

Have you spent hours trying to eradicate this weed that can grow up to 10 feet tall? Well, stop because they have value. If you grow them close to aromatic herbs, they are supposed to increase the aromatic oils in these herbs by as much as 75 percent. Stinging nettles, like foxglove and lily of the valley, are reported to improve the length of time the fruit from their companion plants can be kept once picked, particularly tomatoes. Scientific research supports companion planting in the agriculture industry in terms of intercropping and crop rotation, the process of rotating crops for healthier soil and plants.

Happy planting and be sure to check out the other books in this series: • The Art of Companion Planting with Herbs: A Little Book Full of All the Information You Need • The Art of Companion Planting with Vegetables: A Little Book Full of All the Information You Need • The Art of Companion Planting with Annuals: A Little Book Full of All the Information You Need • The Art of Companion Planting with Perennials: A Little Book Full of All the Information You Need • The Art of Companion Planting with Wildflowers and Weeds: A Little Book Full of All the Information You Need • The Art of Companion Planting with Bulbs, Tubers, and Rhizomes: A Little Book Full of All the Information You Need • The Art of Companion Planting with Shrubs, Bushes and Vines: A Little Book Full of All the Information You Need Table of Contents CHAPTER 1: The Art of Companion Planting Companion planting is a system that lends itself to trial and error.

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