Gardening Growing Tips how to Plant a Companion Garden

So you are ready to start your Garden.
By now, you surly have picked your Spot or Containers and the ground is nicely turned You want to be sure that there is no more frost in the Ground. Check your local gardening calender

It is important to not just pick the right spot for good soil, sun and nutrients to have a successful garden, but also to make sure you are planting the right plants to grow together or apart to assure you will have a healthy garden with great crop

We will look at some plants to plant next to each other and which ones to keep apart. This is called Companion gardening.

For exsample, some plants attract  insects that help to protect a companion, while other plants (especially herbs) act as repellents. Also some plants that require a lot of the same nutrients as there neighbors may struggle to get enough for themselves, what will result in smaller crops.

Benefits of companion gardening

When planting a Garden you should always know what plants require a lot of sun what like it shady. Which ones desire the same Nutrients or attract the same pests. You want to ,( what I call mix and match) to assure that every plant will receive the ultimate care. Just think, the Farmers switch out there Crop every Year from Corn to Beans and Wheat to Corn for example. This will assure that not all the same Nutrients are being pulled out of the Earth that feeds the Crop. If you do not take that in consideration you will end up with “dead Soil” that will not produce anything but dust.

Beginner gardening Tips for companion gardening

Let’s look at the benefits of Companion planting.

  • Shade: Large plants will provide that shade for smaller ones and protect them from the sun
  • Natural support: Large plants like Tomatoes, Corn and Sunflowers will help your sprawling Vegetables like cucumbers, Watermelon or Pumpkins
  • Plant health: When one species will absorb certain nutrients from the soil, the soil biochemistry is changed and may profit another nearby plant.
  • Healthy Soil: When growing beans and peas for example, they will help to make nitrogen available for other plants. When planting plants with long taproots like Carrots or burdock you will know that those will bring up nutrients from deep down in the soils and help your shallow rooted plants out that are not able to reach that far.
  • Weed control: you want to minimize open areas where weeds will be able to take root. This can be accomplished by planting upright Plants together with sprawling plants like potatoes or Salads.

Home Vegetable / Herb gardening friends

Now let’s look at some Vegetables and Herbs that “like” each other :

Many herbs, act as natural insect repellents because insects get confused by the strong Odor and will avoid the plant they intended to invade or ( the person in it )

One of the Staples in my Garden is Marigold : It goes with almost any garden plant and works as a repellent for nematodes which will attack the roots especially of tomatoes. Marigold will extract oils from its roots that keep pests away. It is also a great Mosquito repellent as well as deter plant lice and rabbits.

Basil : plant it with your Tomatoes. The large Tomato Plant will give it’s needed shade and the basil will keep away Mosquitoes and Flies while protecting from tomato horn worms.

Chives: plant with carrots, cabbage broccoli, eggplant and squash as will as strawberries. They are all doing much better when in its company. For example Carrots may increase in flavor and size, other vegetables and fruits increase there yields and not to forget Chives repel numerous insects like onion and carrot flies.

Rosemary : plant near cabbage carrots, beans and sage to keep away cabbage moths, bean beetles and carrot flies.

 

Thyme: plant near Cabbage to keep the Cabbage worm away.

Home Vegetable / Herb gardening foes

Here are some examples of plants that ” do NOT ” like each other.

Dill: Broccoli, Cauliflowers Strawberries and Tomatoes are not likely to grow up to there full potential in the presence of Dill. Dill is knows to stunt their growth even though while in a young stage Dill may be a friend as is matures it will have an influence on your Vegetables.

Basel: Avoid planting near Beans and Kohlrabi

Do what works in your neck of the “woods”

While the above pairing and not pairing of Herbs and Vegetables is based on my own gardening experiences, there will be a lot of other Ideas and Opinions by other Gardeners.mostly because it all depends on your Location, differences in Weather and different growing seasons around the Globe.

The availability of water will also have a big impact and results in different plant zones in which some will do better than others. You would never plant a cactus in the rain forest would you ?

Best practice will be a close observation in your Garden, see who likes or dislikes whom and keep a Garden diary so you will be able to KNOW your garden. There is never a substitute for attention. I have kept one for many Years and know that I CAN NOT grow Rosemary in my Garden due to Soil issues, so I had to utilize my Container Garden for it.

Don’t ever get discouraged if something does not work out, we all learn from fails and success, and if you are like me you will find a way to be able to grow everything you like even if you have to find an alternative for the original spot you would have liked that plant in.

Remember the Farmer? he will be out in his fields looking, tasting, feeling every day to assure that the Crop will thrive and if one of them is not doing good he will grow something different next Year.

Wishing you much success

GeGi

 

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11 Replies to “Gardening Growing Tips how to Plant a Companion Garden”

  1. Great post for gardening enthusiasts! You really conveyed your points clearly and concisely. As for the topic itself, I’m not much of a gardener, but I do love to plant! I’ve planted herbs mostly, for use in cooking. But If I ever wanted to plant for my garden, I’d definitely look this article up.

    Thanks!

    1. Thanks OGG. Companion gardening is not just for gardeners but also for Container gardening. I will be getting into that very soon. 

  2. Hello there! this is an awesome article you have got here. Last month, I talked to my dad about setting up a garden in the open land in my compound but he did not buy the idea as my reasons were not convincing enough to do so.

    I have already save this post to show him when he comes back so he can see reasons with me. Thanks for sharing!

    1. you are very welcome, and thanks for the input. Let me know if I can help you with anything else to convince your Dad that a Garden is more than just a patch of Veggies ? 🙂

  3. Splendid gardening tips you did put up here, but in addition to these some other tips are, Add flowers or flowering plants. .
    Control weeds. …
    Group plants around a theme. …
    Add some garden art. …
    Use colourful pots or feature containers
    Use multi-functional edible herbs and flowers. …
    Create unity and diversity. …
    Choose a feature.
    Hope these tips help you grow your garden beautifully..

    1. Thank you Evans, I appreciate the input. At this time it was all about the “what goes with what , and what does not” I will keep your Ideas in mind

      cheers

      Andrea

  4. Hey! Great way to convey a concise information about  how to plant a companion garden, I have not been into gardening process but I saw some unbelievable processes which can lead to a successful garden experience. The flowers are beautiful and the benefits of garden experience to our health is great.

    you did well to also talk about the conditions that favors garden plants/flower.

    1. Thank you for your kind words. Even if you do not garden yourself you may want to talk to your local Farmer at the Market to see if they grow in a companion fashion. If they say yes” you know that there use of chemicals is slim to nothing, if they say ” no” . ask what chemicals they are using to create a great Crop. You may want to steer away from there product, as many pesticides will stay on the harvest for a very long time. If you do not have a choice than make sure you are washing your fruit and Vegetables before consuming. 

  5. Awesome review you did put on here on tips to plant a companion plants..As of last year when made my Garden I did get some of these companion plants but I was too busy to look out for them, so they couldnt make it..I have been thinking of growing it again before the pandemic kicked off…Am sure going to keep these tips in mind as the pandemic goes away I will sure replant them… Thanks for the awesome review…

    1. Evans, I am glad to hear that you are going to plant a Garden again this Year. Especially with this pandemic it is now even more important to grow your own Vegetables and Herbs, so you know that they are available to you. good luck and reach out if you have any questions. 

  6. Hey nice article you have there. Thanks for sharing such a timely information, I was researching on tips to have an amazing garden earlier today, before I stumbled into this article. All what I desire to have an excellent garden has been touched in this article, I will definitely do well to engage this tips and begin my companion garden, as soon as possible. Thanks.

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