Companion planting is when two plants, when planted along side each other, help improve the quality of growth. One of the ways can be by repelling pests. Here is a quick list to get you started in planting a successful companion garden.Companion Plant List:
- Zucchini/Summer squash with marigolds, calendula, radishes, thyme
- Tomatoes with Basil, Clover, borage, dill, fennel
- Winter squash with Nasturtiums, sunflowers, tansy
- Broccoli and Zinnias
- Cauliflower/Cabbage with Chrysanthemums
- Swiss chard/kale/beets with chives,Tansy, fennel, daisies
- Potatoes and Beans and Cleome and/or Dill
- Peppers with beans, potatoes or sweet alyssum
- Carrots with Onions
- Pole beans with lettuce, spinach
- Asparagus with Hollyhock
I use another bed for my herbs like parsley, cilantro, lovage. Remember to keep mint in a container, as this one will SPREAD fast. I am still fighting that guy.
It is highly recommended that your garden soil be refreshed every year. What I mean by that is, add to it good quality compost, vermiculite/perlite and peat moss ; ratio:
- 1/3 blended manure
- 1/3 Peat Moss
- 1/3 Course Vermiculite
I only used cow manure but since it has now become much easier to get a variety of manure, I am going to mix it up this year. I will be adding cow, chicken and mushroom along with the other two above. The soil should be able to be worked with your hands pretty easily but also stick together when wet. I just throw it on top and turn it over with a shovel or rock a pitch fork. Just try to get some of it down about 8 inches, as that area needs refreshment too. And, always throw your worms back into the soil. You need them.
Plan your garden out first. Put down on paper a diagram of your garden and fill it in with the companion plants. This should be done every year because you need to rotate your crops. This is done in case there are any diseases in the soil or to make sure those bugs don't have GPS on the bed with their dinner. I keep these in a Garden Binder to reference back every year. I also write down or keep the plant tags of the ones I really liked. The plant tags can be hole punched and put on a metal ring, like used in scrapbooking. I do this for all my beds, individually.I will also be offering a signed copy of Great Garden Companions by Sally Jean Cunningham. So if you want to learn more on companion planting, this book would give you all the indepth information to do it!
If I missed any veggies or plants that you would like to garden with let me know. Happy gardening!
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