Welcome to the Multi-faceted World of Diamond Gardening

Diamond Gardening for inner growth! Cultivate your place in the world. More than just growing vegetables or cut flowers in a 12' x 12' plot, plant a garden and renew your freedom. This freedom results from the personal success and satisfaction of self-sufficiency while building community with others. With the rewards of an abundant harvest, you widen your awareness of the subtle workings of nature. When you create a Diamond Garden you become part of an international chain of diamond friends who are linked together through the desire to make this act of gardening a spiritual and freedom filled endeavour.

Diamond Gardening increases awareness and respect for your health and spirituality using your 12' x 12' garden as a microcosm of your place in the world.

Let the plants complement each other…


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Some city-dwellers have asked how they can join the Chain of Diamond Gardeners. Here is our reply:

There are ways to lay out your garden in a manner that is a scaled version of the 12’ x 12’ layout. By allowing the plants to complement each other it is possible to let them “share” in an abridged space. You can vary the size using these suggestions:

A traditional 12’ X 12’ Garden gridded at one foot increments yields 144 squares. The best depth for each square would be about one foot.  In the center of each one foot unit (as many as you can create in your space) plant one plant that needs that amount of territory. An example would be a pepper plant or a vining tomato.

Check the Chart of Compatible and Non-Compatible Plants before you design your planting map. Then at each corner of the surrounding square, plant something in the same family – perhaps four lettuce plants. In the spaces in between, place plants that need much less space – carrots, onions or spinach. (These plants need only 3”-4” between each other). Like a quilt, you can alternate the tall and shorter plants in a way that feels right for all.  If your garden backs up against a fence you can put taller or climbing plants along your last set of gridded squares.

There! You have created your own version of a Diamond Garden in the bustle of a city!

Chart of Compatible and Non-Compatible Plants

Here are some companion plants who are mutually benefitted when neighbors:

  • Basil and Peppers
  • Bush Beans and Celery, Cucumber, Strawberry
  • Beets and Cabbage, Onions
  • Carrots and Chives, Leeks, Lettuce, Peas
  • Celery and Cabbage, Leek, Bush bean
  • Carrots and Chives, Leeks, Lettuce, Peas
  • Cucumber and Bush beans, Potato
  • Eggplant and Okra
  • Lettuce and Carrots, Radish, Strawberry
  • Parsley and Asparagus, Tomato
  • Peas and Carrots, Corn, Cucumber
  • Peppers and Basil, Okra
  • Potato and Bush beans, Pole beans, Cabbage
  • Radish and Cucumbers, Onion, Lettuce, Peas, Pole beans
  • Sage and Rosemary
  • Spinach and Strawberry
  • Tomato and Asparagus, Onions, Carrots, Parsley

Some plants are antagonized by others near them. These plants dislike the following as neighbors:

  • Bush beans and Leeks, Onion, Fennel, Gladiolus, Garlic
  • Pole beans and Beets, Cabbage, Gladiolus
  • Beets and Mustard, Pole beans
  • Cabbage and Strawberry, Pole bean, Tomato
  • Carrots and Dill
  • Corn and Tomato
  • Cucumber and Potato, Sage
  • Dill and Carrots, Tomato
  • Garlic and Bush beans, Peas
  • Onions and Bush beans, Pole beans
  • Peas and Gladiolus, Onion Chives, Garlic
  • Peppers and Tomatoes
  • Tomatoes and Dill, Fennel, Cabbage, Peppers, Corn

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