Home > Companion gardening Companion planting and combining means growing plants together that like or benefit each other. Vegetable companion gardening can have a real impact on the health and yield of your plants. In nature everything interacts to create a whole life force. Every plant has an effect on every other plant and every creature has an effect on every other creature. Over time, gardeners have observed these interrelationships, and scientists have studied them. It’s well worth while reading a little bit about how and why companion planting is so important before we get into which specific plants go with what. . . . Plants, unlike many people, are not timid. They select and reject nutrients; they create in their structure and the environment, complex chemical compounds, such as perfumes, pollen, essential oils, growth inhibitors, hormones, enzymes and some minute trace elements. Nature's Way of Companion Planting The companion effect happens naturally in the wild. Uh oh...
List of beneficial weedsThis is a list of undomesticated or feral plants, generally considered weeds, yet having some positive effects or uses, often being ideal as companion plants in gardens. Beneficial weeds can accomplish a number of roles in the garden or yard, including fertilizing the soil, increasing moisture, acting as shelter or living mulch, repelling pests, attracting beneficial insects, or serving as food or other resources for human beings. Chart Categories of beneficial weeds Pest-repellent Neem -- repels leaf eating insects Edible Habitat for beneficial insects Shelter plants Normal grass can be used as ground cover, especially in nitrogenous soils. Trap crops Trap crops draw potential pests away from the actual crop intended for cultivation. Cowpea -- attracts ladybird beetle, so planting around cotton fields protects them from sucking insects. Medicinal use Rumex -- Dock. Other Nightshade -- breaks up hardpan, allowing roots to grow deeper Indexes
EarthWood - Companion Planting GuideIn recent years many of the traditional herbal remedies used in earlier times have come back into favour. The use of herbs in tonics, teas and medicinal compounds has created a new interest in a variety of plants. Many culinary and medicinal herbs are strongly aromatic. Their pungency can act as a deterrent to many insects and garden pests and in this way they protect other more succulent plants from attack. Other flowering and herbal plants are used as trap plants, luring predators away from prized fruits and vegetables under cultivation. This technique of companion planting has come to be recognised as an effective way to reduce the need for unnatural pesticides in the home garden. As well as the pest repellent herbs, some flowers, such as marigold, calendula, zinnia, nasturtium and the white geranium not only brighten up the vegetable garden but repel pests while attracting bees and other natural pollinators necessary for a bountiful harvest of crops. Top of page Good Companions
List of companion plantsDill is one of the few plants to grow with Fennel This is a list of companion plants. Many more are in the list of beneficial weeds. Companion plants assist in the growth of others by attracting beneficial insects, repelling pests, or providing nutrients, shade, or support. They can be part of a biological pest control program. Vegetables Fruit Herbs Flowers Other See also References External links Further reading Cunningham, Sally Jean.
companion planting - organic gardeningCompanions in the GardenGardening is close to the soul and we are heart-sick at the prospect of a world without bees, so gardeners are focusing on companion planting vegetables with herbs and flowers that attract bees and butterflies. Companion planting is strategically positioning plants in a garden to improve the soil, enhance growth and provide maximum ground cover. By companion planting you attract beneficial insects, and you repel pest insect communities and strains of disease reliant on different plants from invading your garden. Tomatoes like asparagus, Basil, Bee Balm, Borage, carrots, cucumbers, onions, Parsley and Petunias. The cabbage family (broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, kale) like beets, Borage, celery, cucumber, lettuce, Mints, Nasturtiums, onions, potatoes, Sage, spinach and Thyme. Potatoes do well near bush beans, corn, Flax and members of the cabbage family. Peas like beans, carrots, corn, cucumbers, and turnips but keep them distant from onions and potatoes. Discussion
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Companion Planting Chart, Map and Guide | Companion Gardening Map & ChartCompanion planting means putting plants together in the garden that like each other, or help each other out. Companion planting can have a real impact on the health and yield of your plants. Organic gardeners strive to achieve a balance in their gardens so that they don't require chemicals for pest or disease control. Companion planting can play a significant role in assisting with pest control. Some combinations work because of scents they use to repel insects, others work because they attract good bugs. When planning your garden, take some time to think about the layout of your garden to incorporate some of the companion planting ideas. Companion Planting Garden Map Types of Companion Planting There are a number of systems and ideas using companion planting. Another system using companion planting is the forest garden, where companion plants are intermingled to create an actual ecosystem, emulating the interaction of up to seven levels of plants in a forest or woodland.
Companion Planting With Vegetables and Flowers - Organic GardeningEach spring, I grow legions of onions and shallots from seed, and my biggest challenge is keeping them weeded. Last year, I planted pinches of arugula between the short rows of shallots, and the leafy, fast-growing arugula smothered any weeds and showed remarkably little damage from flea beetles, which often plague it. The arugula was ready to harvest just when the shallots needed room to grow. In a eureka moment, I realized I had discovered a vegetable companion-planting partnership I could use year after year to make my garden healthier and more productive. The idea of “companion planting” has been around for thousands of years, during which time it has become so besmirched with bad science and metaphysics that many gardeners aren’t sure what it means. The current definition goes something like this: Companion planting is the establishment of two or more species in close proximity so that some cultural benefit, such as pest control or increased yield, may be achieved. Measuring Success
companion planting | decisive momentsI am keen to try out companion planting – the practice of planting beneficial plants with each other. I started last year and had some success so this year I hope to try some different things. There are a few different aspects to companion planting – some plants improve the flavour and growth of others, some attract beneficial insects and some repel them. three sistersMany cultures have a similar planting method based on wisdom and observation. insects borage flower Some plants produce volatile oils that deter certain pests. shape and smell Some plants have shapes or smells that confuse insects – so for example planting onions with carrots is said to help deter carrot fly. Allelopathy flavour and growth enhancement This is an interesting idea with chamomile as one example – said to increase the essential oils of other plants so is meant to make them tastier (cabbages, cucumber and onions). bee collecting pollen from a giant sunflower I will report back on my own experiments.