Companion plants

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Do you follow the principles of planting companions in your garden? Check out our tips on plants to plant next to each other-and those to plant far away from each other-including popular crops such as tomatoes, basil, potatoes, beans, etc.

What is plant companionship?

It takes more than good soil, sunshine and nutrients to succeed in a garden. The ancestral wisdom of gardening says that some plants, when grown together, improve the health and yields of others. For example, some plants attract useful insects that help protect a mate, while other plants (especially herbs) Act as repellents. In addition, plants that need the same nutrients as their neighbours may have trouble getting enough for themselves, producing mediocre crops. Which vegetables should you plant next to each other? Which one should you not plant together? Let’s look at the benefits of the associated plantation and then a list of the best associated plants.

Benefits of Mate Planting

There are many reasons to plant some crops together. Like what…

  • Shade regulation: Large plants provide shade to smaller plants that require sun protection.
  • Natural Supports: Tall plants such as maize and sunflower can withstand low-growth sprawling crops such as cucumbers and peas.
  • Improving plant health: when a plant absorbs certain substances from the soil, it can alter soil biochemistry in favor of nearby plants.
  • Healthy soil: Some crops, such as beans and peas, help make nitrogen available. Similarly, long-rooted, pivoting plants, such as burdock, bring nutrients from the depths of the soil, enriching arable soil for shallow-rooted plants.
  • Weed Suppression: Planting large crops like potatoes with green plants minimizes open areas where weeds settle.


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