Have you ever wondered why some plants grow better next to one another than others? If you do, you’ll love learning what companion planting teaches you. The act of planting two or more species of plants together to achieve a culture benefit is popular among gardeners. Whether it’s for pest control or to produce a better crop, one thing’s certain. Once you’ve acquainted yourself with companion planting, you’ll be hooked.
Strategically companion planting specific species of plants next to one another is something the Chinese know all too well. In fact, their method of companion planting will likely be of interest to you. Here are just a few of the plants they put together throughout the growing season.
Companion Planting Ideas
- Watermelon with strawberries.
- Leafy vegetables with onions or potatoes, followed by spinach, Chinese cabbage or green beans.
- Radishes with spring kale followed by tomatoes and celery.
- Spring spinach followed by tomatoes and lima beans.
- Single rows of peppers alternated with double rows of corn.
- Spinach down the center with a double row of garlic.
You may also want to use companion planting to attract birds and deter pests. You can do this in a number of ways. For example, growing lots of flowers including calendula, dill, sweet alyssum, and borage is one way. Herbs such as oregano, garlic chives, and basil also deter rodents and insects.
Companion planting helps your garden produce a greater yield and deter pests from getting into your plants. Now that you know which species of plants work well together, you’ll have an easier time growing what you love most. Your garden and fridge will be fuller because you’ll have plenty of fruits, vegetables, herbs, and edible flowers to eat after planting your garden this way.