Companion Planting – Planting Tips For Organic Gardening
Companion Planting is quite well known now with everyone growing to know its benefits. It is the practice of planting flowers, herbs, fruits or vegetables near the others so that you can enjoy the benefits of a few combinations that give some benefits to the garden as a whole.
Imagine that your garden is a community. Companion planting is where the plants get along great together and they grow better in pairs. But there are a few plants which do not get along at all and you should not pair them together when you are growing them in the community. They are called antagonistic pairings and they stunt the growth and the development of the plants. They may also increase the number of pests in your garden farm.
How can companion plants help to grow each other?
They help each other to grow together and they also protect the complimentary plants from the pests. Those plants attract insects like wasps or spiders and they help the other complimentary plants. The insects pray on cabbage or aphids.
Why do you need companion plants?
Companion plants help to decrease the money on groceries. They will also act as an insulating layer for rising food prices. They help in saving around $500 every month. A home vegetable farm ( try getting your seeds and essentials from Breck’s can act like a least expensive way to prepare for a long-time food pantry. It is great in the time of emergencies also.
Here are a few tips to grow some great companion plants in the garden:
- If you are planning to grow a companion garden you need to make sure your plants are alive and are not spoiled by pests. You need to make sure that your effort doesn’t go in waste. Other than that, when you use the method of companion planting, they add back the nutrients in the soil which the partner plant might need. This will make sure to keep the process organic and fresh and not rely on chemical fertilizers and pesticides.
- Some companion plants also help to improve flavor and also the texture of the complementary plants.
Here are some of the best combinations you can try as companion planting:
- Corn with beans
Corn and beans along with squash are inseparable and they grow so much while they are together. Legends say that they only thrive when they are planted together. Also, when the bean plants help you save money and time to build a trellis. They grow above the corn and save them from any danger like summer storm etc.
If you are not interested in growing the corn in your garden, you can try planting the sunflowers. They are a fresh pop of color and they give some valuable seeds to the birds to feed on. The beans get additional support to climb on.
- Spinach and Radishes
Spinach and the Radishes are another great pair. The radishes here attract the spinach plants. They attract the leafminers which especially preys on spinach. Since radishes are grown underground, you can still expect a decent harvest of spinach and radishes.
- Carrots and Tomatoes
Another great combination, carrots, and tomatoes are simple soulmates in a garden. Tomatoes are great protectors of carrots. Carrots are sensitive to summer’s heat and tomatoes make sure that they are protected from the sun. Tomatoes produce a chemical called solanine that kills the insects which prey on carrots. Carrots on the other hand help tomatoes with their thick roots breaking the soil up and tomatoes find it easier to build their root structure strongly.
You can also plant basil which emits a strong scent that acts as repeller to insects that prey on tomatoes. Basil leaves improve the flavor of tomatoes too. Other than basil, you can also plant dill, mint, and garlic (you can get their seeds from Breck’s) which repel the spider mites.
- Cucumbers and Peas
This is again a great combination. Cucumbers are easiest to grow and they are delicious, and not too delicate to grow. When you plant them along with the beans or peas, you can increase the yield that way. Legumes increase the nitrogen content in the soil and the cucumbers need nitrogen to grow. Thus it makes sense when these are paired together. You can also plant peas and beans with cabbage, lettuce, tomatoes, squash, etc.
Companion plants are a combination of old gardening tricks, ancient wisdom and a few old traditions. You can start small and go about for a little bit of piece of land. You can start combination planting as a means to just enhance your land. Make sure you avoid planting tomatoes and potatoes or strawberries and cabbage as they host the same type of fungi and attract the same kind of pests. If one is hit with the disease, the other is bound to get destroyed too. Therefore, be careful while you are experimenting with companion farming.