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Gardening in
"Little Siberia"

Advice and tips on
Companion Planting

2003 Janelle N. Seavey


Companion Planting a gardening system using the natural affinities of plants to promote or inhibit growth in their neighbors. Knowing which plants like each other and which ones don't can increase the health and vitality of your garden, improve the taste and nutritional value of your vegetables, confuse pests so you can eliminate toxic chemicals, attract beneficial insects and add to the enjoyment of your garden.'

Janelle gardens on about four acres on the Messalonskee Stream, an outlet from Messalonskee Lake, one of the Belgrade Lakes Region Lakes, one of which is Great Pond, made famous in the movie "On Golden Pond". 

She is an "enthusiastic and a tad obsessed" gardener who has been companion planting for over 20 years.

"I am 48 years old. I jokingly tell people I'm 5' 12" as opposed to saying I'm 6 feet tall and I would not trade my height for anything, though I would have at age 12 when I was nearly 5' 10"!  I have been married for 25 years to the most patient and kind man in the world.  We have one son, Jordan, who is 20 years old and has just finished his second year of college where he is a Music Ed major, with a concentration in classical piano. I have been a stay-at-home mom since his birth and continue to milk that for all it's worth! (Hey, he may need cookies...). Prior to that, I worked in a hospital darkroom, processing x-rays.  I had decided to take a year off before college and I've been taking that year off for some 31 years now!  I guess I like to call myself a self-made or self-taught woman. I am an avid reader. I like music, particularly classical and jazz. I love to cook (nearly gourmet, I've been told!) and subscribe to just about every food magazine published, not to mention gardening magazines. I am also a film fanatic, especially "indie" films. My whole family enjoys skiing (both kinds), primitive camping and hiking. My husband and I have hiked several sections of the Appalachian Trail, including a 100 mile hike on the Vermont section. All of us have climbed Mt. Katahdin, Maine's tallest mountain and the Northern Terminus of the Appalachian Trail many times. I consider myself a feminist of sorts, a liberal and am not beholden to either political party. I am registered as a "non-enrolled", which in Maine is an Independent (We elected the country's first Independent Governor, James Longley). Other than my blood-type, I've told you everything, way more than you cared or wanted to know, I'm sure!!"

also see Books - Companions


  Companions: Recipes:
  Asparagus
Artichokes
Lettuce
Marigolds
Nasturtium
Summer Savory
Grilled Lemon-Asparagus Pizza
Artichokes
Cranberry-Pineapple Salsa
Turnip Casserole

May 2003 I - Gardening in "Little Siberia"  (Lettuce)
May 2003 II - "OBIG" Syndrome
 (Nasturtium)
May 2003III - Forty Degrees of Separation (Marigolds & Summer Savory)

June 2003 I - The Dreaded Algae Season
          (Asparagus, Recipe for Grilled Lemon-Asparagus Pizza)

June 2003 II - Know a Good Rhubarb Lawyer? (Rhubarb)

August 2003 I - The Tower of "Bambi-lon" (Beans)

September 2003 - Cicadas and Crickets and Weeds, Oh My! (Artichokes)

November 2003 - A Gobble, Gobble Here, A Gobble, Gobble There
            (Cranberry-Pineapple Salsa, Turnip Casserole)

February 2004 - The "My Gawds" Before The Mud

January 2005 - Sadness in Siberia