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Companion Plants...

Posted on March 17, 2016 at 8:55 PM

Believe it or not, plants, like humans, are discriminating about the company they keep. They have their likes and dislikes, and the way they can be successfully associated, especially in the vegetable garden. This common term used is 'companion planting'.

Some plants produce substances which limit the growth of their seedlings, other encourage the growth and development of particular, unrelated species. The depths to which certain plants send their roots, the amount of foliage grown by others and the extent to which they can suppress the growth of adjoining plants, all have an important influence on the way plants tolerate each other.

Here are some common relationships between vegetable plants which can be utilised in order to obtain better quality yields less likely to be attacked by insect pests and diseases...

Dwarf beans: They grow better in the company of cucumbers, cabbages and strawberry plants.

Beetroot: Likes they company of beans, cabbage and onions.

Cabbages: Cabbages dislike strawberries, but will grow well alongside tomatoes, lettuces and beetroot.

Carrots: Carrots have a wonderful relationship between onions, leeks and shallots on one hand, and carrots on the other are well known among organic growers to be planted adjacent to each other in alternate rows. The fact that onions have thin leaves which do not compete, while their roots feed at a different level, partly explains this useful friendship.

Cauliflowers: They seem to grow well if planted next to celery. There is a mutual love of soil which has been recently limed.

Chives: Have been used for years to help control greenfly on roses. They grow strongly when planted between the bushes, making an attractive semi-groundcover with rosy-pink flowers.

Cucumbers: Like beans, cabbages, radishes and lettuces.

Parsnips: Germinate slowly from seed, so many growers plant radish seed in the same drill. They are up within a week, break the crust and can be harvested and eaten while the parsnips are still following through.

So there you go! Some helpful tips to get your garden looking green right through winter...

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