Plant Buddies, Companion Planting - Australia

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  • 1. Climate Change Interactive Garden21. Plant BuddiesWhat is companion planting?Companion planting combines plants that benefit each other in the garden. It has been traditionally used tocombat pests and diseases but plants can also provide each other with nutrients, shading or physicalstructure.How do I use companion planting?When planning your garden, consult your companion planting guide, which can be found in your GardenInformation Manual. It lists companion plants for many vegetables and herbs. The best way to discover whichplant goes well together is through research, observation and experimentation. If you notice certainvegetables grow well with each other, make a record of it and continue to plant them together.Are there bad companion plants?Just as plants can benefit one another, they can also be harmful or inhibit growth of other vegetables andplants. Keep a record of any bad companion plants so that, in the future, you know which plants to avoidusing together.The Three SistersIn the north east of America, the Iroquois Indians have used companion planting for a long time. They planteda combination of corn, beans and squash, which came to be known as the “Three Sisters”. The plants providenutrients and /or physical elements that benefit each other. The corn provides a structure upon which thebeans grow, whilst the squash covers the soil, helping control weeds and conserve moisture in the soil. Thebeans “fix” nitrogen from the air into a form that plants can use - and corn loves nitrogen!ReferencesWoodward, P. 2001. Pest Repellent Plants - Hyland House Publishing,Australia.Helpful Websites© Copyright Gould Group – all rights reserved. All intellectual capital and property of this project remains the property of Gould Group. No materials related to this project may bereproduced in any format without the expression and prior written consent of Gould Group Ltd.