Not In It To Win It: The Good Sportsmanship Award Goes To. . .
I started playing golf when I was 7 years old. I began hitting away on a 4-hole course, advanced to 9-holes, and eventually played rounds of 18. I played most of the year, weather permitting, playing in the rain on a regular basis (this was Portland, Oregon after all). During the summers, I participated in the junior golf program, played in the club’s tournament and competed in the Pacific Northwest Golf Association Girls’ Tournaments. In high school, I played on my school’s golf team, and we placed high in State. You might read this and think that I must have been a really good golfer. Let me assure you, I was not. In all those years, I won only one flight (fifth) and never won a single tournament.
There were times that I played golf reasonably well, but never great. There were more times that I played mediocre golf. The competition was fierce. A number of the kids I played golf with went on to try their skills on the amateur circuit and a few turned pro. I wasn’t competitive at all, but I still got to play golf with all of those amazing, competitive golfers, and, we had fun; even during competition play. The thing that I had going for me (it was definitely not my game) was that I liked golf, I liked the people I played with and I got along with everybody. I was known as a good sport. I may have had only one trophy for a win, but I had a lot of trophies for good sportsmanship.
There are good sports in companion plants too. They get along with all of the other plants/vegetables, and so aren’t in the thick of the fierce competition that goes on in the plant world (see my “Frenemies” post). You can plant these vegetables in your garden without worrying about any adverse effects on the other plants:
If you are wondering what vegetables to pair together, the following are some suggested companion plantings:
Asparagus, tomatoes, basil, parsley, chives, onions, marigolds, nasturtiums
and carrots and mint
Bush beans, potatoes, cucumbers, corn, strawberries, celery
and summer savory
Pole beans, corn, summer savory and sunflowers
Cabbage family, potatoes, celery, dill, chamomile, sage, peppermint,
rosemary, beets and onions
Carrots, peas, leaf lettuce, chives, celery dill, chamomile,
sage, peppermint, rosemary, beets and onions
Corn, potatoes, peas, beans, cucumbers, pumpkins and squash Lettuce, carrots, radishes, strawberries, cucumbers, onions and spinach
Onions, garlic, beets, strawberries, tomatoes, lettuce,
summer savory and leeks