Topic: "The Secrets of Veggie/Herb Companion Planting"
Discover what plants grow best together to improve the health and productivity of your garden. Learn how to choose plants that grow well together, rather than competing for resources.
This class introduces you to many ways you can combine plants to maximize your harvest and make the most of your space. Learn about the different characteristics of annual and perennial food crops and how to plan accordingly. We will also explore the permaculture concept of “plant guilds” and discuss how to use nature as a model for your garden.
Speaker Profile: Carey Thornton, Seattle Tilth
Carey Thornton teaches classes and workshops as part of Tilth Alliance’s Community Education team on topics including organic gardening, composting, food preservation and permaculture. You can often find her at the learning garden at Seattle’s Bradner Gardens Park or the Rainier Beach Urban Farm and Wetlands.
Carey grew up in a family where incredible amounts of food were central to every gathering and developed a strong love for growing, cooking and sharing food with others. Before coming to work at Tilth Alliance, she taught gardening and nutrition in elementary schools and cooked in restaurants around Seattle. Currently, the most exciting things to her are wild and perennial food plants, vegetable fermentation and watching actinomycetes grow in compost piles.
Tilth Alliance is an educational non-profit whose mission is to build an ecologically sound, economically viable and socially equitable food system.