Companion planting is a concept that I have recently fallen head over heals obsessed with lol. I wish that I had known more about it before I planned my garden, who would have thought that setting out to grow a vegetable patch would involve a plot and plan vibe hahaha but atleast I now know ,for when I rotate my crops what the best position will be for it. The fun part about gardening is definitely the lessons that you get to learn and take with you forever, you become a little wiser . Companion planting  most closely emulates the natural balance of nature being left to it’s own devices and therefore it makes it the best method for home gardeners.

 Plants naturally grow in crowded conditions so emulate this too in your vegetable patch in what Jane Griffiths calls a ‘Jungle Style’

coco's garden
Top to bottom: Carrots, onions, potatoes,tomatoes and bush beans

Before I started with my garden, I knew about companion planting and so you will see that my spring onion is very close to my carrots, so that the smell can chase away the carrot flies that feast on the carrots(touch wood I have not seen one this far and my carrots have been growing for just over a month now.Click here to read about how and why I have chosen to grow carrots as part of my crop.

Carrots
Carrots companion planting

Previously I mentioned that companion planting is especially important if you are looking to use no harmful pesticides/insecticides on your crops to try and keep them as organic as possible but that is not the only reason we use companion planting. This is however not the only reason for companion planting, planting certain type of fruit or veg next to each other can help them grow and thrive much better in the environment 🙂

spring onion
       Spring onion(onions) close to carrots
spring onion companion planting
                           Spring Onion

 

Planting the wrong plants close to each other can be detrimental to the other. I’m telling you,I went into full-on panic mode when I read this because I have self seeded potato and tomato plants growing in the same space and also super close to my beans. Potato should not be planted close to tomatoes and carrots. So I was thinking of transferring the potatoes to the left of my carrots to keep them away from the tomotoes, thankfully before that I spoke to a few of my fellow green finger friends and they explained that the main reason why certain plants should not be planted with others is because they would require the same nutrients and so the one might take it all and the other will then not get enough.Phew! Next year I will be sure to consult this post and many others before I start with the planing of my crop rotation.Thankfully our soil is super fertile and our crops have been coming along extremely well, especially the bush beans hubby planted(he reminds me about this all the time!).I joke and say that he is obviously the best companion plant for the beans hehehe. In my next post I will be sharing more about how we planted and our results.

Companion planting

 

Best Plants to pair for companion planting

Below is a list of best plants to grow together. like I said if you have already planted don’t stress to much just make sure that when you plant again next season that you plant it in a different way.Also keep your soil as fertilised and supplement with the nutrients needed so that there is enough for all the plants to share.

  • Beans and parsley enhance the growth of nearby plants.Beans

    Bush Bean Companion Planting
    Bush Bean
  • Celery benefits leeks, tomatoes and beans.
  • Plant Dill close to lettuce, mealies, cucumber, carrot and tomatoes.
  • Flax (Linseed) improves the flavour and size of carrots and potatoes.
  • Borage sweetens tomatoes and strawberries.
  • Beans are beneficial for potatoes and carrots.
  • Onions protect carrots from pests.
  • Tomatoes are amazing for your soil because it secretes an alkaloid substance which repels nematodes in the soil (eelworms) which cause root knot and plant death.
    companion planting potatoes
     Potatoes

    tomotaoes
    Tomatoes

 

 

 

 

 

 

When growing several crops together it provides a symbiotic and biodiverse community of plants.This is reffered to as ‘polyculture’

Until Next Time

Happy Gardening

xoxo

Coco

 

 

 

 

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