Buddy Beauties!

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Buddy Beauties

A few days behind from when l wanted to write this up, however such is the way of real life – has a habit of getting in the way of things.

However today, l want to write about the benefits of ‘companion plantings’ and insect control. We have already looked at herbs that repel insects as well as herbs/plants that attract the ‘right’ insects into the zones.  So it’s only fair to know the right companion plantings as well.

Companion planting or buddy linking if you wish is a fairly old practice amongst gardeners and it is basically to plant plants next to each other that offer each other perks – ha ha it’s a bit like a friend with benefits!

Now the companion can be there to either repel insects or to attact insects, so it’s a real mutual friendship. There are all sorts of ‘perks’ to be had – not everyone agrees with this practice – rocket scientists probably don’t but hey, it’s not their garden and it’s not their plants or vegetables, so as they say each to their own, but if anything companion planting can offer diversity and colour variety.

Trial and err is your best friend when you are staring out, it doesn’t always work, some plants can actually stunt the growth of another plant let alone increase its harvesting yield!

Of course as we discussed previously there are plantings that can attract insects and there are plants that can repel insects – obviously the more beneficial plants we can plant that attract the good guys over the bad guys is a great starter! So  in Getting To The Square Root of Things! Part 2  we looked at insects we wanted to attract such as:

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Yarrow

Bees

Butterflies

Ladybugs

Ground Beetles

Lacewings

Hover Flies

True Bugs

Parasitic Wasps

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Angelica

Because these will all feed on insects we don’t want. To further aid and draw these companion insects in to your garden you might find that by having the likes of thymes, fennels, rosemary, dill, corriander, angelica, clover, yarrow, mints, borage, catnip, marshmallow and daisys to name a few are really great for offering shaded protection, ground cover and also ideal spots for clutches of eggs to be lain.

Now, companion planting if you were to take into consideration vegetables, flowers, herbs and some weeds is quite a complex game, think three chess games going on at the same time from one board and you might start to get an idea of what we are looking at – so if this is your first time of planting this way, it might be easier to start simpler and not look at all catagories together in one bed, or pot or in the ground.

Herbs are great to start with and if you only think in terms of attracting and repelling insects it makes it slightly easier in comparison to thinking higher yelds and stunting growths and the such like. Because of the beauty of so many of the herbs we can have in our gardens today and the huge varieties it means that we can have plants that both repel and attract equally as much as allowing for fragrances and scents and good foliage covering.

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Chives

Herb

Benefits

Chives

This herb does an awful amount of good for fruits, vegetables and flowers especially roses.  But if you want them to repel the notorious aphid and certain beetles then plant them next to the likes of peas, cucumbers, lettuce and celery. Chives can also discourage diseases such as black spot.

Basil

Basil and Tomato plants are supposedly very good for each other. Basil also prefers the company of vegetables in comparison to other herbs. but it is also very useful as a companion with potatoes, beets, cabbages,aubergine, peppers. If you plant marigolds and basil together or nearby to each other with a vegetable inbetween the duo make a cracking pair for keeping pests away from them as well as each other.

Dill

Great with the likes of carrots and cabbage. this herb is also a great attractor of insects to your plants such as ladybug, honey bees, wasps and butterflies. But other vegetables that will benefit are lettuce, cucumbers, corn, onions andbrassicas – but keep this herb away from peppers,  potatoes and lavenders.

Mint

Mint does well and serves beneficially with cabbages and tomatoes. Always keep in mind the invasive properties of this plant, it’s real greedy for space! Mint is great for driving many pests away equally as well managing to allure the good ones in. It serves cabbage, kale, radish,  peas, brussel sprouts, lettuce and peppers really well, and it is also great next to carrots, onions as it can see off the flies. If mint is next to tomato it will keep the aphids away.

Oregano

Great with beans and broccoli.

Thyme

Great with tomotoes and can deter the cabbage worm.

Corriander

Cilantro

Great with tomotoes and spinach, basil, mint, lavender and dill. But keep away from Fennel.

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Mint

Herb

Benefits

Sage

This herb loves vegetables and fruits but not so much other herbs unless it rosemary, so those two share a mutual friendship. Sage loves strawberries, carrots, tomatoes and cabbage. Keep away from cucumbers.

Garlic

Garlic is absolutely superb to grow next to practically anything as the smell drives many pests away, but even deer and rabbits don’t like garlic. It’s also a great defence again mold and fungus. However whilst its benefits are huge, do keep garlic away from asparagus, peas, beans, sage and parsleys.

Marjoram

A great companion with all vegetables

Parsley

Parsley is great as a companion alongside corn, asparagus and tomatoes.

Rosemary

Plant near cabbages, beans, carrots and sage.

Taragon

Loves most vegetables but especially loves aubergine.

Borage

Plant alongside tomatoes, squash and strawberries.

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Borage

So there we go, it’s not the fullest range, but most assuredly enough to be starting off with.

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