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As we learned in our previous article (12 reasons why company sowing should begin), planting in company is one of the best things you can do in your garden.
Some plant companions can help improve the taste and performance of home-grown fruits and vegetables, others help repel pests and parasites, others improve soil health, regulate shade or help pollination and much more.
But what are the best plants for planting in company? Which works best and how? In this follow-up article, we reveal 28 of the best combinations to try the most efficient and productive garden in your garden.
Try some of these successful sowing combinations in your garden:
This basic garden product benefits from the company of basil, onion, rosemary, sage and parsley. Marigolds are often planted between tomatoes to ward off insects and nematodes. Tomatoes and potatoes belong to the same family, but they should not be planted together.
Beans, peas and vegetables from the cabbage family grow well with potatoes. They like the pumpkin as companions but not cucumbers and pumpkins. The potatoes have a series of enemies like potato beetles. Grow basil and marigold with potatoes to repel these beetles and nematode worms. Sweet Alyssum can be grown as a soil cover because it attracts insects that feed on some pests of potatoes.
Grow spinach, lettuce and radishes around the Peppers. They enjoy the clear tone provided by the taller pepper plants and return the favor by eliminating weeds. Planting basil and chives with peppers is a good idea; Not only do they repel some of the pests that bother the pepper plants, but they also improve the flavor of the peppers. Garlic, onions and leeks are also good companions. Peppers in jewel colors are a great addition to ornamental gardens where they grow well in the company of Calendulas, Petunias and Geraniums.
These tasty vegetables are the garden favorites, but they are also popular among many garden pests. Plant some herbs such as thyme and tarragon to avoid these insects. Spinach helps keep weeds under control while blooming in the shade of aubergines. These vegetables have a high nitrogen requirement that can be met by planting beans near them, but they select shorter varieties that do not block sunlight.
The good companions for carrots are lettuce and radish. Onions and leeks repel carrot flies, but while leeks can be grown in the same bed as carrots, onions should be grown on a separate bed nearby to avoid competition. Chives and marigolds are also useful, but avoid planting dill and parsnips near carrots.
Dill, onion, garlic, celery, basil and sage are good companions for broccoli. These aromatic plants repel many pests and attract some of their predators. Onions and celery enhance the flavor of broccoli. The high calcium requirement of this vegetable can be met by growing beets and nasturtiums near them. You can plant cucumbers, potatoes, beans, lettuce and radish with broccoli.
As with broccoli, dill is an excellent companion for cabbage and other cruciferous vegetables, since the grass attracts wasps that feed on many cabbage pests. Planting celery and onions near cabbage helps their growth, while chamomile improves flavor.
Although the cabbage gets along well with the potatoes, other members of the nighthade family (peppers, tomatoes and aubergines) should not be grown with cabbage.
Beans are the best companions of the cauliflower. Dill, celery and onions protect the cauliflower, as do the zinnias planted around it. Its flowers attract the ladybugs that control the pests of the cauliflower. Avoid planting strawberries anywhere near the cauliflower as they attract slugs that can do tremendous damage to the heads of the cauliflower.
You can grow beans, peas, carrots, beets and radishes with cucumbers. Plant a few nasturtiums with cucumbers to repel cucumber beetles. Marigolds and sunflowers also have a similar protective effect.
The pumpkin prefers the same companions as cucumbers. Grow radishes, beets and carrots around them. Planting legumes in the same forest means there is more nitrogen available to crush the plants. Nasturtiums and calendulas can complete the picture.
Corn can be combined with almost any member of the legume family and the squash family to form the plantation of the "three sisters". That includes beans and peas, as well as cucumbers and melons. In addition to them, you can plant potatoes and lettuce with corn.
Carrots and tomatoes can be grown near asparagus patches, but avoid potatoes, onions and garlic. Marigolds and chrysanthemums, and herbs such as basil, dill and parsley protect young shoots from asparagus beetles. Tomatoes also have a protective effect since they contain solanine, which is toxic to these beetles.
Spinach likes a little shade that can be provided by slightly taller plants, such as beans, eggplants, cabbage, cauliflower, radishes and celery. The pumpkin is a good companion, so is the onion.
You can grow lettuce, spinach and beans with strawberries, but avoid planting cabbage and other cruciferous vegetables nearby. Planting a border of thyme around the strawberry patch helps keep worms away.
Plant the garlic and calendula between the raspberries to prevent fungal diseases and damage caused by insect pests. Turnips can keep harlequin beetles away. Avoid growing potatoes, tomatoes and blackberries near raspberries, as they can transmit viral diseases.
Garlic is a traditional companion to roses, since the grass repels insects that attack roses. However, chives and marigolds can be more attractive companions in an ornamental garden.
Flowers and herbs in orchards:
Some flowering plants are good companions for vegetables. You can plant them generously to make your garden aesthetically attractive. In addition to that, they will do it. bring beneficial insects That help with pollination and pest control.
Many culinary herbs can fulfill a double function in the garden, since they are bee magnets. When sown with vegetables, their intense smells confuse insect pests and keep them away from the target plants.
Some ornamental plants and herbs that help your vegetables:
Calendulas (Calendula), as well as French and Mexican marigolds (Tagetes spp.) are great additions for vegetables and ornamental gardens. They control nematodes and repel white flies and other insect pests. Grow them in thick patches throughout the garden, except near beans and cabbage.
These low-growing plants extend along the soil to form thick bushes that suppress weed growth. Its fragrant flowers attract bees to the garden.
These tall plants with sunny flowers can offer shade to tender plants and support weak-stemmed plants, in addition to attracting pollinators and repelling nematodes.
Chrysanthemums contain substances that are toxic to many insects. They are particularly effective against Japanese beetles and the root. nematodes.
Dahlias wear flashy flowers and year after year they come from their underground tubers, but what makes them most useful in the vegetable garden is their ability to repel nematodes.
This attractive plant with pretty flowers does an extra job of repelling Japanese beetles, beet grasshoppers and cabbage worms. Plant several of them at different points.
These small plants with grass-like leaves and pretty flowers look equally good in ornamental and vegetable gardens where they help keep aphids and other harmful pests away. They are excellent for cruciferous vegetables, tomatoes and carrots, but should be kept away from beans and peas.
Dill is appreciated by organic gardeners because they are excellent companions for both the cabbage family and the squash family. Their large flower heads attract predatory wasps and other insects that can keep pest populations under control. They attract the tomato worm; Therefore, it should not be planted near tomatoes, peppers and potatoes.
Garlic It is one of the hottest members of the Allium Family that includes onions, leeks and chives. All are excellent for keeping out harmful insects while their flowers attract bees and other nectar-loving pollinators.
This enemy of carrot flies and cabbage moths should be planted wherever they grow these vegetables. This herb is a great companion for tomato plants too.
Basil (Ocimum basilicum):
These aromatic plants repel thrips, flies, mosquitoes and other insect pests. They are essential if you want to grow tasty peppers and tomatoes.
This impressive plant repels almost all types of harmful insects, but attracts pollinators with its flowers.
Do your research
Before starting work in your partner garden, be sure to do your research. Educate yourself about what types of plants do best in your area and make a garden plan. Do not worry about not having enough space. Many of these garden partners do very well in a very small raised bed garden or even container gardens.
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