Your Guide to Companion Planting
Ally, friend, confidant, co-worker, bff, whatever you want to call them, did you know that plants have natural companions too. When planted next to each other these plants can help one another thrive in the garden. This is most commonly referred to as ‘companion planting.’ It’s a technique of planting that basically means planting crops that are complementary to each other when grown in close proximity. This can substantially promote the health of your veggies and should be considered when you’re doodling your garden layout for the season to come.
There are various reasons why you’d plant this way, for example:
- Pest Control – Nasturtiums are known to deter aphids
- Flavour Enhancement – Basil planted beside tomatoes are said to increase the flavor of tomatoes
- Pollination – Zinnias planted close to your vegetable crops are always a good idea to attract pollinators
Can Your Plants Have Enemies?
Other plant combinations can have the opposite effect on your plants. These ‘plant enemies’ will compete for resources, inhibit growth and increase unwanted pests. This is why knowing exactly which plants work well together is vital to a happy and healthy vegetable and flower garden.
Print the handy-dandy companion planting chart below to keep on your fridge for quick reference when it comes time to plant.