June 10, 2011 Tip of the WeekSome plants just love each other!Have you got companion plants in your Learn more about companiongarden? If not, you might want to consider plants from ALCCs expertit. during the 4 pm segment today onMany plants thrive on being planted in 9News, Denver.proximity to one another. Take tomatoesand basil, for example. Theyre a marriagemade in heaven even before they get to thekitchen. Plant zinnias to attract pollinataors.Basil improves the growth and flavor oftomatoes and will also repel thrips--a common Colorado gardenpest. Also add the typical Italian herbs to the mix by plantingparsley, oregano and thyme and you will enhance the winninggarden combo.Many companion plants will bring in good insects for the benefitof the whole garden--while still others drive the bad bugs away.All you need to know is who loves who in the plant world.Add flowering plants that do more than look prettyAlyssum - Plant it alongside potatoes and broccoli. It attractsdelicate beneficial insects, such as predatory wasps and attractshoverflies whose larvae devour aphids.Chrysanthemum - It has been used as botanical pesticides forcenturies. White flowering chrysanthemums repel Japanesebeetles.Lavender - attracts butterflies and bees and repels fleas, whiteflyand moths.Marigolds - Well known as a pest deterrent. They keep soil free 1873 S. Bellaire St.of bad nematodes, beetles, and whiteflies and discourage many Suite 920other insects. Plant freely throughout the garden but avoid bean Denver, CO 80222-4356and cabbage plants. Marigolds must be a scented variety for them tele. 303 757-5611to work. Downside: they can attract spider mites and slugs. fax 303 757-5636Nasturtium - Great companion to radishes, cucumber, cabbage, www.alcc.comcauliflower, broccoli and mustards. It deters aphids, squash bugs
and striped pumpkin beetles and improves growth and flavor. Since it likes poor soil with low moisture and no fertilizer, set potted nasturtium among garden beds. The leaves, flowers and seeds of nasturtiums are all edible and great in salads. Zinnias - Attract hummingbirds which eat whiteflies. Pastel varieties can be used as a trap crop for Japanese beetles. All zinnias attract bees and other insect pollinators. Herbs and other flavorful plants make good companions Catnip - Deters flea beetles, aphids, Japanese beetles, squash bugs, ants and weevils. It also helps to repel mice. Chamomile, peppermint, dill, sage and rosemary - Plant these with broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage. Chamomile is also a host to hoverflies and wasps. Chives - Improve growth and flavor of carrots and tomatoes and also work well with carrots, tomatoes, broccoli, cabbage and mustard. Chives repel aphids from tomatoes and grapes. Avoid planting near beans and peas. Cilantro (coriander) - Repels aphids, spider mites and potato beetle. Dill - Plant with cucumbers to attract beneficial predators. Also repels aphids, spider mites and squash bug. Dill improves growth of cabbage and lettuce. Do not plant near carrots, caraway, cauliflower, corn, potato or tomatoes. Garlic - Plant with beets for flavor and pest control. Plant near roses to repel aphids. It also benefits cukes, peas, lettuce and celery. Garlic accumulates sulfur, a naturally occurring fungicide which will help prevent disease. Onions (Alliums) - Plant with carrot, chamomile, beets, strawberries, broccoli, dill, lettuce, summer savory and tomatoes. Onions planted with strawberries help the berries fight disease. Keep onions away from peas and asparagus. Sage - Plant with broccoli, cauliflower, rosemary, cabbage, and carrots. It deters cabbage moths, beetles, black flea beetles and carrot flies. Do not plant near cucumbers or onions. Allow sage to flower so it will attract many beneficial insects. Tarragon - Plant throughout the garden as few pests like it. It also enhances growth and flavor of vegetables. Need help designing a garden that brings companion plants together? Go to Find a Pro to find a landscape contractor who can help you create the garden or landscape of your dreams.(c) 2011 Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado. All rights reserved.Cop 2007, ASSOCIATED E CONTRACTORS OF COLORADO. Allrights reserved.