Plants flourish among friends

Plants flourish among friends

By Denise Stewart

At the Scripps-Mesa Garden Club meeting, Master Gardener Shital Parikh shared her experience with growing a robust garden for more than 20 years right here in Scripps Ranch.

Hearing about her success with companion planting and crop rotation and how they maximized the yield of her garden while managing pests and increasing soil nutrients was an enlightening presentation.

Planting certain vegetables together makes for a better crop, according to Shital. Rotating the location of plant families around the garden when done across a sequence of growing seasons makes for more abundant crops and richer soil, she said.

Garden Club members meet at the Scripps Miramar Ranch Library Community Room most months on the fourth Tuesday evening at 6 p.m. There is usually a short business meeting, then a talk by an experienced gardener, followed by a plant share. Some meetings feature a garden tour. Two gardeners’ crop celebration potlucks are also held each year.

For more news about the club and gardening information, check the website

Currently, the members are collecting photos of the abundant array of wildflowers that this rainy season has given us. The photos are being posted on the website.