Planting Together - The Quick Guide To Companion Planting
If you are growing your own fruit and vegetables at home, it is quite likely that you want to make sure your crops are 100% organic (If not why not?). Plus you may only have a small ledge or patch to grow on and if you’re lucky your crops won’t get infected by a damaging pest.
Pests, weeds and disease are a real burden to the organic gardener and lots of hard work can be lost in even just a day if you do not maintain an optimum growing environment.
So how do you grow, protect and maximize your yield without using harsh chemicals?Thank
Why Not Try Growing Your Plants Together?
If you haven’t tried companion planting, you should really start. It could mean the difference between weeding nightmares and loss of complete crops from pests to an abundant harvest.
Ok if you have got this far and are still thinking what is this companion planting anyway, don’t stress. It basically just means the art if growing two or even three crops together that grow in symbiosis to help grow and protect from pests and disease. It's that simple. But what are your best companion planting options?
Companion planting can also help attract beneficial insects and minerals to your soil to make for a better yield come harvest time.
Below we have 8 top companion planting combos for the urban gardener.
#1 Basil and Tomato
There is a reason why your pasta sauce tastes so good. It is because planting Basil with Tomatoes enhances their flavor. Plus Basil helps to repel aphids, asparagus beetles, mites, flies, mosquitoes, and tomato hornworm.
#Broard Beans/Long Beans/Any Beans
Broad beans are grown and dug into a bed, provide high amounts of nitrogen. Stay clear of planting near red onions.
#2 Sweet Corn and Beans
When you plant these two together, the bean poles act as support for the corn, so you use less space. beets, cucumber, dill, melons, parsley, peas, potato, soya beans, squash, and sunflower.
Growing a bucket of Mint is the perfect plant to attract beneficial insects like attracts earthworms, hoverflies and predatory wasps, and repels cabbage moths, aphids, and flea beetles. Mint is an Invasive plant so growing in pots will stop the plant overtaking your whole patch.
#5 Strawberries and Spinach
If you love green smoothies, you could get growing a whole supply in one space. Spinach is also a great pairing with, beans, borage, garlic, lettuce, onions, peas, spinach, and thyme.
So that was our quick guide to companion planting. Get pairing and if you would like regular tips, tricks and occasional offers than join our online community.
- Louise Sullivan