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Companion Planting - Sow, Lets Grow, United Kingdom


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Companion Planting - Sow, Lets Grow, United Kingdom

  1. 1. Companion PlantingThe thinking behind companion planting is that some plants have tangible benefits, for avariety of reasons , from being grown together.These reasons can include:  one plant deterring pests of another eg the smell of onions is supposed to confuse and deter carrotfly, thereby benefitting carrots  intercropping – eg growing a quick run of lettuce in between potato ridges – the lettuce will be picked long before the potatoes need earthing up.  Making best use of space, eg courgettes growing at the base of sweetcorn.  The micronutrients released by one plant, benefit others, eg beans fixing nitrogen in the soil to be used by following crops.  one plant attracting ‘predatory’ insects which then attack the pests on another – eg nastursium attract hoverflies, which eat aphids on broad beans.The converse is also true – some plants inhibit each others progress eg walnut trees releasea chemical (juglone) which inhibits many veg, especially potatoes and tomatoes to theextent that their leaves shouldn’t even be composted.As with much in gardening, you will find many, often conflicting , opinions on what does ordoes not goes together. My advice is see what works for you.Plant Companion Doesn’t likeBroad Beans Potatoes, Strawberries, Onions CucumbersBrassica (cabbage etc) Rosemary, Lavender, Strawberries, runner beans, Beetroot, Onions, Chard tomatoesCarrots Pea, Lettuce, Sage, TomatoesCucumber Beans, Peas, Radish Potato, RosemaryLettuce Carrots, Radish, CucumberOnion Beetroot, Carrot, Lettuce etc Beans, PeasPotato Beans, Cabbage, Marigold Pumpkin, Squash, Cucumber, TomatoPumpkins / Squash Marigold PotatoSpinach CauliflowerStrawberry Broad beans, lettuce, Cabbage spinachTomato Basil, Onions, Nasturtium, Potato, Cabbage etc Marigold, Asparagus, Carrot, Parsley, Cucumber, Mint