When it comes to organic gardening you may think you have few choices to rid your garden of bugs or make your plants grow faster, stronger and better tasting. However that is simply not true. Companion planting allows you to pair together different plants that can help to get rid of pests and make your core crop grow even better than before. Here are some simple ideas for companion planting:
Protect Collard Greens with Catnip
Catnip helps to prevent flea-beetle damage on the collard greens.
Protect Broccoli and Potatoes with Sweet Alyssum
Sweet Alyssum not only attracts beneficial insects to protect your broccoli and potatoes, but you can eat it too.A quick to spread, fragrant, low-growing, flower, Sweet Alyssum looks pretty but it is also a member of the mustard family and has a taste similar to horseradish.
Protect Spinach with Radishes
Planting radishes near your spinach helps to keep leaf miners away from the delicate leaves of the spinach. Since spinach has shallow roots this allows the radishes to grow unhindered underground. Two vegetables in the space of one!
Protect Corn with Beans
Allow vining beans to grow up the tall corn stalks and you will help protect the corn from predators. Bean plants draw in beneficial insects that eat the bugs that love to tear apart corn plants. Plus you save room by combing the growing area of two large plants!
Protect Cabbage with Thyme, Dill, and Tomatoes
Thyme repels cabbage worm, while dill attracts cabbageworm predators. Cabbage also helps dill grow strong and upright. Tomatoes have the benefits of repelling diamondback moth larva that like to nibble on cabbage leaves.
Protect Carrots or Beans with Rosemary
Rosemary is not only a tasty herb you can use in cooking, but it also repels bean beetles and carrot flies.
Protect Roses with Garlic
You can plant cloves of garlic alongside your roses to ward off pests.
Protect Your Garden with Marigolds and Wormwood
Marigolds repel a variety of bugs, including nematodes that attack the roots of melons and other plants. Wormwood repels plant nibbling animals like deer and rabbits as well as white flies. Together they make a great addition to help keep your organic garden pest free.
These are just a few examples of great companion plants for your organic garden. Do some research and find out what plants grow well together and plan your garden accordingly this spring. Happy growing!
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