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Altéa flower, altéa plant You are undoubtedly looking for the althea Beautiful flowers in coroles, to create, embellish or bloom ...

In October, the gardener is mainly active in harvest and store vegetables that are not immediately cooked. The storage conditions are essential to ensure optimal storage, sometimes for months.

Thus, you will make sure to respect a few simple principles:

  • Pick up your vegetables in the morning and let them dry . The fruits of your labor should not be stored while still wet
  • The root vegetables such as black radishes, carrots, turnips, parsnips, tuberous parsley and beets will be stored in the dark, between two layers of sand
  • Pumpkins and other squash are to be harvested with delicacy, without causing any shock that would damage them irreparably. Insulate them from the cool soil of your room using mulch or well-ventilated grids. Don't let cucurbits touch each other.

  • Black or winter radish, the ultimate detox vegetable. Place it under the frame
  • Sow cabbage, parsnip, spinach, winter lettuce
  • Plant chives, garlic and shallot this month
  • Transplant the onions sown in early August.

Also think about bind your celery next to in order to whiten them. You will form a hill around the plants about ¾ of the height obtained.

The top 10 companion plants for the kitchen garden.

Come on, let's go to our top 10!

Borage - Borrago Officinalis

Borage - a great companion to the potato! Photo source: Alfred Brumm

Absolute star of this top, borage, whose flowers are edible, with a magnificent blue flowering - and long: all season long! - and reseeds itself. Her only flaw is - perhaps - to be a bit invasive if she likes your boards, but too bad: a hoe from time to time will be enough to make room!

Nasturtium - Tropaeolum majus

Nasturtiums on salad it's easy! Photo source: Maja Dumat.

Number 2 of this top, obviously, the pretty nasturtiums, easy to grow, real aphid magnets, pretty and edible! When climbing they do wonders.

Marigold - Calendula officinalis

Marigold is known to attract hoverflies whose larvae devour aphids - and repel white flies, and Colorado beetles: plant them near potatoes!

Flax - Linum usitatissimum

Exactly ! To prevent colonies from devouring your young potato plants, alternate a row of potatoes with a row of blue-flowered flax.

Carnations of India - Tagetes patula

Indian Carnation allows gentle control of soil nematodes. To plant at the feet of tomatoes or among the cabbages!


Phacelia is often offered as a green manure in the vegetable garden, but its magnificent flowers attract bees and its roots loosen the soil.


You will say that we like blue flowers, and you will be right, but it is not only for its color that we like forget-me-not: it also keeps raspberry worms away, which have given us a lot of trouble. these last years !

Forget-me-nots, photo by Dawnzy


Cosmos grow fast, improve the soil in your garden with their roots: they are perfect for packed or compacted soil. Plant them near cabbages - they scare away the whiteweed - or tomatoes.

Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

Yarrow is a wild one of our lawns, but it does wonders in the vegetable garden. She seems to be reaching out her little flowers towards the insects, “youhou, come on! And we find her pretty, that's it.

October in the ornamental garden - flowering plants, honey plants Our website

© J. Valentin Chassed from the fields with large swabs of weedkiller, the wheat niel (agrostemma githago) finds refuge only in the garden. It should be sown in spring because it is easy to live with and brings grace and lightness to the beds without taking up much space. It will flower in June to accompany the roses and make the transition between the blooming of spring flowers and that of summer perennials. To really help save it, choose the botanical form over the horticultural selections. To be sown in place or in a cold bucket for transplanting in April.


If there was only one in the garden, it would be nettle, the best of wild plants, the darling of organic gardeners, soup lovers and butterfly lovers. Let's move on to the well-known nettle manure and soup recipes, to take a look at the little animals that nettle harbors. In no way repellent, it feeds a black aphid which lives only on it, a very common phenomenon in the plant kingdom where very many plants have "their" aphid. A godsend for general auxiliaries such as the seven-point ladybug, which enjoys it before going to see whether their menu is worth the detour from the cultivated plants. The nettle is also the exclusive host of several butterflies, among the most beautiful and the largest of our gardens: peacock of the day, vulcan, small turtle, robert-le-diable. It can even accommodate a hundred different insect species: a real ecosystem all by itself!


Very common, this wild plant stands out for its finely cut aromatic leaves and its long flowering period, from June to September. Its flat inflorescence, white or pink, is made up of dozens of small aster-like flowers of the same family. This miniaturization of flowers is its main interest: it can be visited by small bees and wasps, useful for fertilizing flowers or eating crop pests. Beetles like the breakwater, hoverflies and flies also take advantage of this windfall, while spiders exploit the strong stems to hang their webs or deposit their egg cocoons. In winter, its seeds are appreciated by birds, as long as they do not cut them before. This solid perennial settles spontaneously in meadows and lawns that are a little dry, on embankments, and can easily be transplanted into the garden.

The trefoil

Ranked with yarrow among the best plants to attract auxiliary insects to orchards and vegetable gardens, trefoil bursts with light with its pretty yellow flowers spotted with red and its very green tufts that develop in lawns and meadows. too dry. Rich in nectar, the flowers blooming from May to October attract a large number of foraging insects, bumblebees, small parasitoid wasps, hoverflies ... Its stems and leaves cut like clover feed the caterpillars of very pretty butterflies including the filipendulum zygen, the clover zygene and the blue lycene. Perennial, it can live a very long time on lawns and among flowers in the sun, as long as you avoid nitrogen fertilizers and do not mow too short (less than 6 cm).


Contrary to popular belief, ivy does not suffocate trees. It only becomes overweight when they get old or sick, and their tree tops lighten. You can therefore let it climb on a few trees in your garden or cover the ground at the foot of the hedges, around the vegetable garden. Bats find an ideal resting site there. At the end of October, its blooming flowers nourish the last foraging insects still present, in particular the auxiliaries which shelter in its tangled lianas and its evergreen foliage. At the end of winter, its black fruits feed many birds. And on land, its covering foliage prevents the proliferation of unwanted grasses.

The purple dead knife

This close cousin of nettle, which does not sting, will offer you its pretty pink inflorescences from the beginning of spring. During the big spring cleaning in March, keep a few clumps. Its pollen and nectar are highly sought after by the first foragers: unbalanced bumblebees still numb, ladybirds and adult hoverflies in search of protein before laying, from which will emerge an army of small larvae that eat aphids. You'll pull them out when other plants take over, like dandelions and daisies.


Speedwell, with its delicious little purple-blue flowers, is an excellent wild ground cover: it quickly occupies space, preventing the proliferation of weeds. So under the hedges. Like any good gardener, you may be used to maintaining the base of your hedges to avoid competition and stimulate vegetation. But would it not be wasted? Nature hates a vacuum, she hurries to install new seeds. One solution is to selectively weed to conserve wild ground covers, especially speedwell, which will not compete with the hedge. Along with other ground coverings such as small oak germander, ivy, violets and lungwort, oregano and flax, it will make up a varied and solid carpet that will keep the soil permeable. And not to spoil anything, these plants are good honey, useful for auxiliary insects!


© Joël Valentin

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Multicolored foliage to add color to your garden in any season.

Abelia 'Kaleidoscope' is distinguished by its foliage ranging from green edged with yellow in spring, to orange until autumn. Finally in winter, the tips of the shoots turn red. The summer white bloom is abundant and lightly scented. It is a decorative plant all year round. All these qualities make it an excellent plant for small spaces where it is necessary to choose.

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This small shrub requires a sunny exposure and ideally sheltered from the wind. It will find its place in a bed or a small hedge in the garden and will easily be enjoyed in a pot on the terrace or on the balcony.
When planting, mix your garden soil with 50% potting soil. Water your subject copiously once or twice a week to promote recovery.

Your plant over time


  • Watering: normal
  • Climate zones France: Mediterranean, oceanic, medium, continental
  • Planting period: all year round without frost
  • Level of care: very easy
  • Exposure: sun, partial shade
  • Soil PH: neutral
  • Soil composition: normal
  • Soil moisture: normal, moist
  • Minimum temperature: -10 ° C
  • Use in garden: flower bed, hedge, isolated
  • Decorative foliage: Yes
  • Flower color: white
  • Leaf color: green, golden, purple, variegated
  • Season of interest: spring, summer, fall, winter
  • Foliage: semi-evergreen
  • Width at maturity: 1.5m-2m
  • Mature height: 1.5m-2m
  • Flowering period: June to October
  • Origin: hybrid of Abelia chinensis and Abelia uniflora
  • Hardiness: rustic
  • Species: x grandiflora
  • Minimum temperature: -10 ° C
  • Botanical name: Abelia x grandiflora 'Kaleidoscope'
  • Family: Rosaceae

Catnip, cat mint ...

If the Nepetas are classically decked out with different nicknames related to our favorite felines (Catnip, catnip or cat mint), it is that kitties, whatever they are, love it! It is therefore better to avoid planting this perennial near the culture beds so that the cats do not come to dig and do their business in the freshly aerated soil.

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