Healthy Gardening Tips From Autumn Cove
Autumn Cove is a manufactured housing community for the young at heart age 55 and over. Located in Idaho Falls, Idaho, Autumn Cove is a friendly neighborhood where seniors can enjoy their retirement years and maintain an independent lifestyle. Our homes are attractive and affordable and provide a comfortable place to go about your daily interests, including growing a flower or vegetable garden. If you are wanting to get really ambitious with a garden, Autumn Cove offers an area at the back of the property where there are raised garden beds for the residents to use. This offers an additional space to grow a larger amount of produce.
Gardening in a raised bed makes the planting, weeding and other tasks easier - less bending, and kneeling is required. You may wish to amend the soil with fertilizers or compost to enrich and provide more nutrients. Consider companion plantings to maximize your results and minimize problems. For instance, planting carrots near onions and leeks is a good idea, because they repel carrot flies. Cabbage and cauliflower work well near broccoli and Brussels sprouts which repel cabbage flies. Planting dill near your cabbage will improve the flavor and growth of the cabbage. The practice of companion planting has been developed to both prevent specific insects and to inhibit the growth of certain weeds and undesirable plants.
A few more combinations you might want to consider are: Plant corn near cucumbers, potatoes or soybeans, which repel cinch bugs, and if you want to keep earwigs out of your corn, plant marigold plants in rows between the corn; Chives improve the flavor and growth of peas and tomatoes and deter aphids and Japanese beetles; Plant potatoes or marigolds near bush beans to repel Mexican bean beetles; Radishes will tenderize summer lettuce, and nasturtiums improve the flavor of radishes; Sage planted throughout the garden will discourage moths: and onions will deter most pests, especially maggots.
We hope these tips will be helpful as you go about your summer gardening, whether at Autumn Cove or elsewhere. Autumn Cove has homes for sale and we also have move-in ready lots available for those who already own a manufactured home, but would like to upgrade to a nicer neighborhood. We'll even pay up to $5000 of the moving costs! Call our office today at (208) 522-3807 for more information or visit us online for updates on homes currently for sale. And if you are looking for family housing, visit Pinewood Estates online for details about this great community.