My wife and I recently bought our first house, and we want to plant a kitchen garden in the back yard. The plan is for 6 raised beds, each with a variety of vegetables, flowers and herbs. I would like to find a way to arrange everything so there will be a minimal need for pesticides and fertilizers.
So what I really need is a layout plan. What are combinations of plants that work and grow well together, while also providing "protection" from pests? Tomatoes and Basil work well together, while Marigolds often deter pests (so I'm told). Can I put them all in the same bed, and what else can I put in there? All totaled, we plan on growing about 20 different vegetables and about as many herbs. Where do I start?