Companion Planting

This page talks about companion planting.  It tells what plants can be planted together and which ones cannot. This type of gardening is a science, not a hit or miss mess in the backyard. The idea is to get the best garden you can grow so you will need to plan it ahead of time.

I do not believe in re-inventing the wheel when there are many resources available for you. However, we do have some pages on garden planning.

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Companion planting in gardening and agriculture is the planting of different crops in proximity for pest control, pollination, providing habitat for beneficial creatures, maximizing use of space, and to otherwise increase crop productivity. Companion planting is a form of poly-culture.

This type of planting is used by farmers and gardeners in both industrialized and developing countries for many reasons. Many of the modern principles of companion planting were present many centuries ago in cottage gardens in England and forest gardens in Asia, and thousands of years ago in what was known as Mesoamerica (from central Mexico to Belize, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, and northern Costa Rica).

Planting certain types of flowers with vegetables will keep certain bugs off of them.

The smell of the foliage of marigolds is claimed to deter aphids from feeding on neighboring crops. Marigolds with simple flowers also attract nectar-feeding adult hover-flies, the larvae of which are predators of aphids.

Here is another chart put together by Wiki.

There are many natural ways to increase crop production, yields and fight disease and insect.

It would be well worth your time to study them.

We have a page on planting that Native Americans taught us back before the United States was a nation, the Three Sisters Garden. Visit our page for more information on how to do this. The Three Sisters method uses bean plants, pumpkins or squash, and corn plants. This is still used today in gardening.

More On Companion Planting

This portion of the page will give you more ideas for what plants to place near each other in your backyard garden. There is also information on what not to place near each other, such as not planting beans and peas near onions or garlic. Onions and garlic stunt the growth of bean and pea plants. Keep them far apart.

Beans will not grow well if they are near sunflowers. Keep the sunflowers on one side of the yard and grow your green beans in a completely separate garden bed.

Cabbage and cauliflower hate each other and both will not grow well when next to each other.

Most new gardeners think of tomatoes when they make a list of things they want in their garden and rightly so. When you plant tomatoes, put some herbs in between the tomato plants, namely some varieties of dill and basil. We sell several varieties of each.

New dill seedlings actually enhance the well-being of tomato plants and help them grow. They also prevent hornworms from getting on your tomato plants. However, mature dill plants stunt the growth of tomato plants so be sure to plant your dill seeds or seedlings by your tomato seedlings but do not put tomato plants by mature dill plants.

Basil improves pollination to tomatoes by attracting bees. It also repels hornworms, aphids, spider mites, whiteflies, and mosquitoes.

Parsley is good to have because it brings hoverflies which eat the pests that like to eat tomato plants. Parsley, however, does not do well in heat.

Mint varieties keep away ants, mice, cabbage moths, aphids, and flea beetles. However, if you allow it, mint will take over and eventually destroy everything that is in the same garden bed. It is difficult to control.

I think you get the idea. Study the charts and the information we provide for you and you will get better results in your garden.

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