Companion Plants

Companion planting is both an art and a science. Envisioning your garden space to grow more diversely and dynamically can make it more aesthetically interesting, but also make it a healthier and more functional growing atmosphere for the floral inhabitants.

There are numerous, well understood relationships between many common garden plants, both supportive and antagonistic. Knowing what works well with what, can make for a happier, more successful garden.

Some of the benefits to companion planting are deterring pests, attracting beneficial insects, improving soil fertility, shade regulation (temperature control), and weed suppression just to name a few.

Plant marigolds as a nematode deterrent; dill, nasturtiums and tansy to attract pest-controlling insects.

The “Three Sisters Garden” is a well documented, multifaceted beneficial companion planting arrangement. This is where corn (on Maize), beans and squash are planted in conjunction with each other, and each plant provides at least one beneficial attribute to the other plants.

We should seek to create an environment where we can promote these reciprocal relationships and make healthier, more beneficial ecosystems for our plants to flourish.

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