Companion Planting That Works – Jessica Walliser – 050Craig McManus
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Companion Planting That Works – Jessica Walliser - 050

Minimizing diseases, reducing pest, improving soil fertility and pollinator support are all determined by the plant combinations you choose. In this episode 050 – Companion Planting That Works with Jessica Walliser we talk about the science back methods that will reward your decisions.

For 15 years horticulturist Jessica Walliser co-hosted The Organic Gardeners, an award-winning program on KDKA Radio in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania,

She is the Editorial Director for The Quarto Publishing Group's garden imprint, Cool Springs Press, and a former contributing editor for Organic Gardening magazine.


Jessica is the author of seven gardening books, including the Amazon best-seller

·      Good Bug, Bad Bug: Who’s Who, What They Do, and How to Manage Them Organically

·      Plant Partners: Science-based Companion Planting Strategies for the Vegetable Garden, which earned a prestigious 2021 American Horticultural Society Book Award

·      Attracting Beneficial Bugs to the Garden: A Natural Approach to Pest Control, which was awarded the American Horticultural Society's 2014 Book Award. It has recently been released as an updated 2nd edition.


For over twelve years Jessica   wrote two weekly gardening columns for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

She is also co-founder of the popular gardening website


Jessica received her degree in ornamental horticulture from The Pennsylvania State University and is the former owner of a 25-acre organic market farm.

She’s taught a diverse array of gardening topics for over 25 years.


Jessica lives and gardens northwest of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with her husband and son, two cats, two hermit crabs, and billions and billions of very good bugs.

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