Successfully reported this slideshow.
We use your LinkedIn profile and activity data to personalize ads and to show you more relevant ads. You can change your ad preferences anytime.

Vegetable gardening plant combinations companion planting no dig


Published on

  • Be the first to comment

Vegetable gardening plant combinations companion planting no dig

  1. 1. Vegetable Gardening Plant Combinations: Companion Planting NO DigCompanion planting and combining means growing plants together that like or benefit each other.Vegetable companion gardening can have a real impact on the health and yield of your plants.In nature everything interacts to create a whole life force. This is a basic understanding... thateverything organic and living has a mutual influence on every other living thing.Every plant has an effect on every other plant and every creature has an effect on every othercreature.Over time, gardeners have observed these interrelationships, and scientists have studied them.It‘s well worth while reading a little bit about how and why companion planting is so importantbefore we get into which specific plants go with what. . . .Plants, unlike many people, are not timid. They are always actively engaged in growing as fast andas strong as they can and re-populating their species. They do all this by sending out root hairs as farinto the soil as they can depending on their surroundings.They select and reject nutrients; they create in their structure and the environment, complex chemicalcompounds, such as perfumes, pollen, essential oils, growth inhibitors, hormones, enzymes and someminute trace elements.Different species accumulate certain substances that affect the surrounding ecology, often once theplant has died and the decaying tissue is carried away and re-deposited by insect droppings, or othergo-betweens.Natures Way of Companion PlantingThe companion effect happens naturally in the wild. Flora and fauna of fields, meadows, forests,swamps and deserts, all evolve for mutual benefit. It may seem like survival of the fittest, but thetruth is some species prefer to grow with specific others, balancing out their differences andproviding ideal conditions for optimising their unique traits.Plants dont like to fight for their food, so shallow rooted plants prefer to grow near deep rootedplants and each can get their nutrients from different levels. Some smaller plants like a bit of weatherprotection from bigger plants. Conversely, dry loving plants sulk if grown alongside plants thatthrive with wet feet.Just like us, lifes too short for putting up with bad conditions... so aim for the good life for yourplants too!
  2. 2. Uh oh... I hear you say...If it all sounds overly complex and high falutin, step back and observe. Thats what good gardenersare so good at... just observe what works for you in your patch, not what you read or what theJoneses do.Theres a good deal of debate on some of the mixes and matches of plant combining, and in one areaor climate certain twosomes or threesomes may get along particularly well... but change theconditions... and trouble brews.Often plants that seemingly dislike each other can successfully co-exist as long as theyre spacedfather enough away so their root zones dont overlap... therefore wider rows may work or maybehave some herbs planted amongst them.If your garden is a jumbled jungle and thrives, then no need to order your plants around. But ifperchance something isnt quite up to scratch, then practise a little plant companionship and see ifthat brings improvements.Home veggie gardeners of course usually like to grow their food on as much available space as theycan. They don‘t want weeds, pests or ornamentals occupying valuable real estate!But flowers for example make good companion plants as well as adding beauty. They can attractpredators to go after pests and they bring bees to your garden for pollinating your fruit.Aromatic weeds and herbs help confuse hungry pests that might go after your crops. Their fragrancescan distract pests away or mask the odor from the pests‘ normal favorite plants.
  3. 3. Intercropping or Interplanting goes hand in hand with companion planting.Crop Rotation is also an indispensable ally for gardeners, and is another way of plants benefitting other plants.The chart below lists the well-known basic veggie warm fuzzies... who loves who and who not and why. Companion Planting Chart for VegetablesVegetable Good Companions Bad CompanionsAsparagus Basil, tomato, Nasturtium, Onion, garlic, potato, parsley, basil, dill, coriander, marigold, aster flower (Parsley and marigolds repel asparagus beetles, solanine in tomatoes protect against asparagus beetles)Beans Carrot, cabbage, cauliflower, Chives, leek, garlic, onions, tomatoes, peppers cucumber, celery, corn, marigold. (Corn protects against wind, sun and provides climbing support. Squash has deep roots, beans are shallow and squash smothers weeds and provides a living mulch) Cucumber, strawberries (Particularly go well near dwarf beans)Broad Beans Brassicas, carrot, celery, corn, Fennel lettuce, potatoBeets Broccoli, lettuce, onion, sage Bean (pole and runner)Broccoli Celery, chamomile, mint, dill, Oregano, strawberry, tomato rosemary (Dill attracts beneficial wasps to help control pests including cabbageworms. Rosemary repels cabbage fly)Brussels Potato, thyme, dill Strawberry, tomatoSproutsCabbage Beetroot, bush beans, celery, Strawberry, tomato mint, onion, potato, oregano, dill, (Although tomatoes and cabbages usually repel each other, chamomile, sage the solanine in a few nearby tomatoes will help deter (Aromatic plants like onion, diamondback moth larva) celery and herbs help keep cabbages pest free)Carrot Bush beans, pole beans, lettuce, Dill, parsnip
  4. 4. onion, garlic etc, parsley, rosemary, pea, radish, tomato (Onion family plants, parsley and rosemary deter carrot rust fly)Cauliflower Peas, beans, celery, oregano Nasturtium, peas, potato, strawberry, tomato (Peas and beans help fix nitrogen to supply to cauliflowers)Celery Cabbage, cauliflower, leek, Parsnip, potato onion, spinach, tomato (Leeks like similar high potash growing conditions as Celery and celeriac)Chard (Swiss Cabbage, endivechard,silverbeet)Corn Beans, cucumber, melon, peas, Tomato pumpkin, potato, radish (The same worm (tomato worm and corn earworm) likes (Peas and beans supply both plants) nitrogen)Cucumber Beans, peas, celery, lettuce, Cauliflower, potato, basil and any strong aromatic herbs pea, radish, nasturtium, corn (Nasturtium deters cucumber beetles and harbour beneficial spiders and beetles. Corn protects against bacterial wilt virus)Eggplant Beans, capsicum, potato, spinach, peppers (Beans repel Colorado potato beetle which attacks eggplant)kohlrabi Onions, beets, lettuce Strawberries, tomatoes, pole beans (Lettuce repels earth flies)Leek Carrot, celery, onions, strawberry (Carrots deter leek moth. Celery and celeriac like similar high potash growing conditions as leeks)Lettuce Carrots, radishes, strawberry, Beans, beetroot, parsley cucumberMelon Corn, radish PotatoOnion Broccoli, cabbage, carrots, Beans, peas lettuce, strawberry tomato, beets, tomatoes, summer savoryPea Beans, carrot, corn, cucumber, Onion family radish, turnips, spinach, mint, potatoesPotato Horseradish, beans, corn, Cucumber, tomato, Jerusalem artichokes, pumpkin, squash, cabbage, pea, eggplant sunflower, raspberries (Beans repel Colorado potato (Cucumbers, tomatoes and raspberries attract potato
  5. 5. beetle. Horseradish protects phytophthora blight) against potato bugs and stimulates growth)Pumpkin Corn, beans, peas, radish PotatoRadish Lettuce (Repels earth flies)Spinach Strawberry, celery, cauliflower, eggplant, radish (Leafminers prefer radish leaves rather than spinach)Tomato Asparagus, celery, NZ spinach, Corn, potato, kohlrabi, fennel, cabbage and other brassicas carrot, parsley, basil, marigold, garlic (Garlic protects against red spiders)Turnip PeasZucchini Nasturtium, flowering herbs (Flowers attract bees for pollination)Companion Planting Will Maximise Your Veggie CropsWhether you are planting a new garden or replanting one that has been growing for years,attention to companion planting is guaranteed to improve your homegrown crops.Its a simple concept based on the way nature works... naturally. For instance one plants enemy isanother plants food. Some bad bugs have pet hates, so by planting or introducing what they dontlike, you can protect the plants that they would otherwise feed on. And then there are plants that havesomething to offer other plants, be it shade, or some sort of nutrient they put into the soil. You willalso find that some plants provide other plants with specific nourishment.A Fatal Attraction for Bad BugsHere the trick is to plant whatever attracts the nasties. For instance, the tiny black aphids that chomptheir way through young cabbages, broccoli and other veggies provide a feast for nasturtiums. Theseeasy-growing herbs attract the aphids with their sticky juices that effectively end up smothering largenumbers of these damaging mini-bugs.Growing Plants that Deter BugsAn interesting fact about companion planting is that not all plants like - or dislike - the same bugs.Similarly, while some plants (like carrots) love tomatoes, some plants (like dill and asparagus) loathtomatoes.Some examples of plants that will deter bad bugs include:
  6. 6. pennyroyal that keeps worms and beetles away from strawberries, asparagus and marigolds both help to protect tomatoes from harmful nematodes in the soil, lemon verbena that will keep flies, aphids and midges away from all vegetables and fruit trees, just about any plant that is related to garlic or onions, including chives (in particular garlic will chase off potato bugs).Plants that Have Other Benefits for Companion PlantsProviding shade is a biggie, but you need to be sure that the shade giver actually likes the plant youchoose to be its companion. Sweetcorn is an excellent provider of shade and works well with a lot ofother plants, including pumpkin that will creep around towering corn plants, producing fruit atground level. It can also be a support for some climbing flower plants.Fennel is one of the few plants that most other plants hate! But there are a couple of veggies that likefennel, including gem squash and spring onions (or green onions).There are many more plants that benefit from just about anything. Yarrow is a good example as itattracts ladybirds and wasps that both love to eat aphids. Most plants are fond of yarrow.Picking Plants that Deter BugsJust as we can use leaves and other parts of certain plants to make organic pesticides, or to rid ourenvironment of pests (scented geraniums are great for mosquitoes, freshly crushed tomato and basilleaves will usually get rid of flies, and sprigs of catnip will get rid of ants), there are similar steps wecan take within the garden itself. Here are two possibilities: 1. Dont rake up the leaves from oak trees. Instead use them to create a barrier around garden beds where lettuces are growing and theyll keep the snails and slugs away. 2. If youre a fan of grapefruit, cut them in half and scoop out the fruit, then use the skin "shells" to attract slugs. Simply place them upside down in any part of the garden where slugs are a problem and remove them, together with slug invaders, the next day.Ultimately you need to be aware of which plants do well together, and which dont. Probably one ofthe very best examples of companion planting is illustrated by the relationship between tomatoes andasparagus. They really are best friends because not only will the solanine contained in tomatoesprotect asparagus plants from insect attack, but it also encourages growth in the asparagus.
  7. 7. Intercropping, Polyculture or Relay Cropping in thevegetable GardenIntercropping is in! Whether you call it relay cropping, polyculture, double crop or multiplecropping... it’s a specifc form of companion planting and a fine way to increase the harvest fromyour garden.Bare soil is a no no.Nature... if left to be natural... rarely allows nudity and likes to cover up exposed bits.This stops the soil drying out or being washed away and keeps the soil organisms happy andprotected from the elements.So growing several or multiple crops of different plants in the same area, each allowing for their owngrowth patterns and needs, gives you greater returns and less work.Intercropping/Polyculture Benefits
  8. 8. No doubt you‘ve heard of monoculture? Possibly you do have an idea... but I still have to say youhave no idea what a short-sighted folly it is follow the vast monoculture practices that we do in theworld today.Monoculture — Mono means one. One crop, say corn, covering as far as the eye can see in everydirection! Or, one country with every farmer growing the same crop, say potatoes, on large and smallplots.Now can you see the specific corn pest or virus go giddy with excitement? Can you hear the potatopest or potato blight text their mates to come to the party?The same thing can happen in a mini way to your garden if you grow all one sort of plant, or largeblocks of one variety. The opposite of monoculture is polyculture — Poly means many. See howconfused the pests and diseases are now. There are no feasts to encourage them to get a firm footholdand cause problems.Often you can plant a crop of two or more different varieties of the same family, but checking thatthey each have different disease resistance.Intercropping ExamplesLet‘s take a large plant such as a cabbage. Although it starts small it grows a lot chunkier. Same withother brassicas such as broccoli and Brussels sprouts; and same as vines like zucchini or squash.In the meantime and in between — plant speedy crops like radish, rocket or leafy lettuce. By the timethe main plants grow into their surrounding space, you will have harvested and enjoyed a meal ormore of your intercrop plants.Even with rows you can intercrop, or doublecrop as it‘s often called. A common example is to sowslow parsnips with fast radishes together in rows. Parsnip seeds take forever and a day to germinate,but cheeky radishes will pop up, mark the rows for you, and you can crunch your way through themwhich will then leave space for the parsnips to grow.
  9. 9. End of season picture of chilli plant underplanted with vinesIntercropping can be described as undercropping when it comes to ‗vertically challenged‘ plants.Little shorties of the leafy varieties like lettuce which like some sun protection, can be grown in theshade of the tallest plants such as broad beans or corn.The short crop also acts as a living mulch for the roots of the tall plants.The classic “Three Sisters” combination planted by Native Americans is a perfect example ofintercropping or plant combining.The Three Sisters describes three indigenous plants grown together. Corn (maize) with their tallstalks provided support for beans and shade for squash. In turn the squash vines provided a livingmulch to control weeds and protect the roots of the corn and beans. The prickly squash vines deterpests as well.Makeup cropping (I made up that word) means filling up a bare patch, which we know nature abhors,with a makeup crop... usually a gaggle of fast salad plants like radish, lettuce, bok choy etc... that youcan make up a salad with!This takes care of that garden patch where you‘ve eaten the last skerricks of say a winter crop ofcauli and you want to plant some spuds there but it‘s too early; so use the patch for some quick,small plants that you‘ll be finished with in a month or so.Intercropping TipsStuffing your garden to the gunnels is not exactly the idea with polyculture. Cramming too much intoevery spare space can create problems with fungal diseases due to reduced air flow.Also an over-heavy layer of plants increases the need to water more often. It also makes harvestingdifficult.Any time you see that your main crop is being hampered by a second or third crop, take a step backand sort them all out... in fact pull a few plants out and restore some order to the melee. Peace mustreign in your garden for success. No fighting allowed!The Golden rule with intercropping is to use the available planting area to its maximum advantage toget maximum yields without compromising plant health.
  10. 10. Crop Rotation All about Succesion Planting in yourVegetable GardenA key to successful gardening is crop rotation. It’s not the latest dinner party gossip, it’s old hat.So be a smart cookie and do what nature does (there I go about nature again)!Different plants take different nutrients out of the ground soil and add back other elements orenhance the soil in other ways. To prevent your garden from becoming less productive from seasonto season, crops are rotated.Importantly, crop rotation allows you to naturally interrupt the life cycle of pests and deseases sothey cannot become established.Of course, this applies only the to annual plantings, not the perennial plants, such as asparagus.Plant succession happens naturally, whether it be caused by a landslide, flood, or a freshly bulldozedarea. First onto the scarred soil grow the aggressive weeds which hold it together and stop wind andrain from denuding it further.Usually the next invaders lurking under the weed cover are matted rambling plants. They guard theground and may have thorns, as though to warn, ‖Sorry, you can‘t come in here now, but nevermind, have some berries!‖The next succession, under protection from the elements come the fast growing trees, followed bythe re-establishment of the full forest many decades later. It‘s a natural succession, each successionbenefitting from the previous plants.In our gardens we have a less elaborate but more specific plan. As with nature, which will quicklycover soil with plants, what we do is to choose the plants which will bring us the most benefits.Rather that letting weeds spring up, we plant either a fallow or cover crop to tide us over to the nextseason and replace lost nutrients that the previous crop took out, or we plant another useful vegetablecrop that utilises different nutrients and growing conditions than the previous crop.Here’s a story...Mamma Colorado beetle got blown over n over and landed down the street into.. wow, her wildestdelight, an eggplant patch. She laid lots of eggs and the baby larvae chomped on the leaves. Thebabies dropped into the soil to pupate, slept in and suddenly it was spring again. Time to get up,but where’s breakfast? Why has Mum given us spinach? We don’t like spinach, we wanteggplants... waaa... keel over and die...
  11. 11. And of course, if you have the misfortune of getting blight in your spuds, onion worm in youronions, and other flapadoodle dandies dicing your veggies, then you simply must not grow thoseveggies in the same space again for many years.Its better to rotate veggies to prevent any trouble happening in the first place, but you can quicklystop any rogues in their tracks by careful management thereafter.Separate the garden into sections. Anything from 4-8 areas is ideal. They can be part of one bed, orthey can be a group of beds, it doesnt matter. Visualise it, draw it down, mark it out — or do whatyou need to get the picture of how it will work in your garden.Many gardens are higgledy piggledy plots of soil here and there, or odd shapes, so dont worry aboutdoing the perfect diagram.What does matter is that you rotate the crops around the beds systematically. The rule of thumb forcrop rotation is counterclockwise... don‘t ask me why... funny lot we gardeners!The suggestions here will be put in very broad terms. It is impossible to predict every combination ofvegetables that you will want to grow, but the principles are fairly straight forward.Plant RequirementsThere are roughly 3 main classes of plants when talking about their requirements. They are: 1. Heavy feeders: These need lots of fresh rich fertiliser (compost, reasonably aged manure and liquid manure etc ) and can be planted immediately into this fertilised soil. These heavy feeders are all leaf vegetables like head lettuce, spinach, brassicas such as cabbage and cauliflower, chard, endive, as well as celery, leeks, sweet corn and vines particularly cucumbers and squash. Rhubarb is a heavy feeder, but does not need to be rotated because it is a perennial.
  12. 12. Tomatoes, another heavy feeder, are decidedly odd in that they like to grow in the same spot each year and somehow build up resistance to problems. This is handy because you can utilise that nice warm spot by the fence for example, each season... but you must make sure you pile on plenty of fresh compost each year. 2. Soil conserving and improving: Legumes such as peas and beans, and cover crops, often called fallow crops are perfect to follow heavy feeders. These are plants give the soil a bit of a rest, as well as returning some nitrogen and fiber to the soil when they are incorporated into the ground by way of mulch or compost before the next crop. 3. Lighter feeders: They still love that compost, but it must not be fresh otherwise they will grow rank and coarse. So well aged fertiliser suits such plants as all bulb and root crops like carrots, radishes, beets etc. Parsley with its long tap root, and many herbs also fall into this aged compost feeding class.What about the families?Ah yes, like us they can wear each other out! Horticulturally, it‘s because plants from the samefamily tend to have the same nutritional needs and can exhaust the soil of particular elements ifcontinually planted in succession. They can also attract the same problems which can build upalarmingly unless the family members do a recommended split.Out of thousands of plant families, here are the most familiar ones:MonocotsGrasses (Gramineae), like cereals and corn.DicotsMustard Family (Cruciferae). Cold loving plants, such as brassicas like cabbage, kale, bok choy,collards like kohl rabi and turnip, etc. Also radish and cress.Pea Family (Leguminosae). These include peas, of course, and beans plus vetch, lentils and lupins.Carrot Family (Umbelliferae). Lots of long root crops here, like carrots, parsnips, parsley, celeriac,fennel, chervil, and the root herbs.Goosefoot Family (Chenopodiaceae). A mixture here, such as beets, swiss chard and spinach.Nightshade Family (Solanaceae). The well know potato and tomato plants. Also eggplant, chilliesand peppers.Gourd Family (Cucurbitaceae). Warm loving plants such as melons, pumpkins, squashes and othergourds.
  13. 13. Composite Family (Compositae). So called because of their complex composite flowers, theyinclude endive, witlof, sunlfower, Jerusalem and globe artichoke, salsify and some herbs likedandelion, yarrow and chamomile.A few of the many other plant families include the Buckwheat Family (Polygonaceae) which hasrhubarb; the Morning Glory Family (Convolvulaceae) which supplies us with yams, kumara andsweet potatoes; the Mallow Family (Malvaceae) supplying okra; the Carpet Weed Family(Aizoaceae) giving us New Zealand spinach; the Rose Family (Rosaceae) with most fruits andberries including strawberries: and the Mint Family (Labiatae) which include mint, sage, oregano,marjoram, thyme, rosemary, basil, lemon balm, savory, bergamot and many other herbs.Time for a tour of your garden to work all this out... or better still to sit down and write a plan. Itshelpful, especially if you are just starting out, to make notes and keep a record of what you do.It soon becomes natural for you to rotate your plants, making small adjustments to arrive atperfection (you wish!). I recommend you have a look at GrowVegs popular modern method forgarden planning, incorporating crop rotation.Briefly to start, plant like with like. Divide your plants into families because they need broadlysimilar conditions and they generally get along together. The odd exception is usually because ofpests and disease challenges, such as Potatoes and tomatoes, whereby tomatoes attract potato blight.Prepare each area for what it is expected to grow. Leafy heavy feeders like an early and continuousfeast; most root crops like an alkaline soil and hold back on the manure and fresh compost.Tomatoes and eggplants like a more acidic soil, with plenty of feeding and aged manure.Legume crops love well aged compost and a few light feedings to follow. They will leave the soilloaded with nitrogen which sets the bed up perfectly for brassicas and leafy greens to follow.For most home gardeners its nigh impossible to do crop rotation 100%. So be content withsuccession planting on a small scale and for generally watching out for potential hazards. Club rootin brassicas is one that comes to mind — its hard to avoid if you dont rotate those brassicas,especially if you buy in seedlings or accept some from a friend.Sample outline of crop rotationSo a typical sample 4 bed rotation might look like this:Bed 1: Root Crops, onionsBed 2: Legumes (peas, beans), brassicas (broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, brussels sprouts)Bed 3: Tomatoes, eggplant, capsicum (peppers)Bed 4: Sweet corn, curcubits (cucumber, melons, pumpkin)A 6 bed rotation might look like this:Bed 1: LegumesBed 2: Brassicas
  14. 14. Bed 3: Root crops, carrots, parsnips, potatoesBed 4: Corn, curcubitsBed 5: Tomatoes, capsicums, eggplantBed 6: Green manure cropDont be too rigid in your classifications if you dont have enough room to make clear demarcations.Just make sure you keep it moving season after season or at least every 2-4 years. Decimating Your Veggie Garden?Has This Happened To You?Youve worked very hard, preparing the soil months in advance so you can nurtureyour seedlings in a beautiful loamy, moist mix, absolutely brimming withnutrients…Youve hand raised your seedlings, lovingly from seed, or purchased nice sturdyones from your local garden centre and gently planted them in rows into their lushnew home.You spend hours mulching, watering, feeding, staking and caring for them with all the love you can muster.And then….. … When you go out there to pick a beautiful tasty bunch of tomatoes for your lunch, you notice theyve got holes in them! Something has beaten you to them Or … Your crisp perfect lettuce leaves are full of holes – theyve been enjoyed by the thriving snail population Or … You discover your corn is not doing so well – its well, just not that healthy looking.What Has Happened To Your Beautiful Veggie Garden? Snails can quickly chomp through your precious veggiesAll your hard work has been in vain!You cant pick these mangled veggies and serve them up to your family!Youve not only wasted your efforts, but also the money youve shelled out for seeds, seedlings, fertiliser, soilconditioner, stakes, etc.You feel frustrated….. even angry!So What Are Your Options?
  15. 15. OPTION 1. Spray them with expensive pest control chemicals which will kill the varmints that have decimated yourcrops. Yep, this will work, BUT, the chemicals will be poisoning you and your family too. Plus chemicals leavepoisonous traces in your soil, drift with the wind and can potentially leach into your waterways and affect yourneighbours, pets, fish and wildlife.OPTION 2. Give up and buy your veggies at the local shop. Sure, this is the easy way, but not very satisfying northe best answer either. Most shops sell hybrid varieties which are bred for long shelf life at the expense of flavour,texture and taste, and who know what chemicals theyve been sprayed with.OPTION 3. Use safe home made pest remedies in conjunction with the age old practice of companion planting torestore your gardens health and the balance of nature.What is Companion Planting?Well, its absolutely fascinating. You see… some plants love each other, and others cant stand each other. A bit likehumans!Join us on our fascinating journey of discovery into the secret social lives of your vegetable garden.You‘ll be amazed at what‘s going on in your garden!By paying attention to the plants that do well together, as well as those that don‘t like one another, you will find thatyou are able to grow a much wider variety of plants in your veggie patch.You will also find that it is a lot easier to control pests and reduce the incidence of disease destroying your beautifulplants.Discover the Secret Socialising Behaviour of PlantsHere‘s just some of the fascinating socializing ―behaviours― or activities that your plants get up to. You can put theseinto place in your garden straight away…. Trap Cropping: How to use specific plants to attract pests away from your crop Nitrogen Fixing: How to plant special cover crops which put nitrogen into the soil rather than take it out. Biochemical Pest Suppression: Discover which flowering plant oozes a chemical into the soil to repel nasty pests that attack the roots of your tomatoes, sugar beets and soy beans. Insectary: How to create habitats or environments to attract beneficial predatory insects that eat the nasty pests which devour your precious garden plants. Nurse Cropping: Discover which tall plants with thick foliage protect more vulnerable species by shading them or shielding them from the wind.Find Out Which Plants Love Each OtherSuccessful companion planting relies on good relationships, often between pairs. Usually one plant has the ability todo one thing, while the other offers something else.
  16. 16. But sometimes it seems that certain plants simply do well together – like cheerful children who have special playmates. For example, parsley and asparagus generally both thrive when planted together. Most vegetables have a handful of favourites they love to be near. For example carrots love basil, lettuce, onions, peas, rosemary, sage and tomatoes. But did you know that cauliflower only has one favourite? And the sameLeeks and carrots protect each other from specific insect pests with broad beans. They‘re pretty fussy too! Other plants that are generally said to improve the quality of crops in thevegetable garden include elderberry trees (which are really large shrubs), buddleia, privet, golden rod, mustard andwild rose.What About Plants That Hate Each Other?Plant the wrong things next to each other and you‘ll have all sorts of problems!….. For example, forget about tomatoes and corn together. They just don‘t get on.And there‘s one veggie plant you should never grow near any other veggie plant, and a tree which will poisonanything you plant near it. Discover All the Different Ways You Can Control Pests Naturally It is in the realm of pest control that many companion plants excel. Some attract insects that would otherwise attack other plants,and some are attracted to trees and bushes that in turn attract birds that catch flying insects. Sometimes two different plants are able to repel different unwanted insects from each other – so they work in harmony together. See the example at left about how bush beans and potatoes work together.When bush beans are planted with potatoes, they will protectthem from the Colorado potato beetle, one of the most There are also many natural pesticides that you can make at home.destructive bugs that attack potatoes. This is a mutuallybeneficial relationship, as the potato in turn protects the beans These range from soapy mixtures to wonderful brews that are made byfrom the Mexican bean beetle. boiling a range of very specific plants together. They are easy to make at home – in fact youll probably find you already have most of theingredients in your cupboard!You can also buy natural products that will kill pests that attack your veggies, which is what commercial organicfarmers do.How to Get All the Answers NowNow it‘s easy to get all the answers to companion planting and pest control.Keen gardener Annette Welsford has done all the hard work for you in her book Companion Planting for Veggies.(Annettes other high quality gardening books are best sellers in 85 countries.
  17. 17. This wonderful ebook contains everything you’ll ever need to know to integrate companion planting in your veggiegarden.Take a tour of the contents….
  18. 18. Get Companion Planting for Veggies Now A fantastic resource to help you create a garden where your plants grow happily with each other, working in harmony to support each other and keep away harmful pests.This comprehensive beautifully illustrate guide, valued at $29.95 is available now for instant download to your computer. By identifying useful plants that play an active role in improving soil and pest control, you can ensure that you always have a ready supply of companion plants to help you get the most out of your gardening.BOOK:Companion Planting for Veggies; by Annette Welsford PLANTING BOOKS(Intercropping Gardening, Mixed Vegetables Gardening, Polycultures Gardening):Carrots Love Tomatoes and Roses Love Garlic: Secrets of Companion Planting for SuccessfulGardening; by Louise Riotte
  19. 19. A-Z of Companion Planting; by Pamela Allardice Basics Companion Planting; by Bob Flowerdew Pest Control, including: Bird, Bacillus Thuringiensis, Predation, Companion Planting,Disease Resistance In Fruit And Vegetables, Biocide, Parasitoid, Pyrethrum, Beetle Bank, Scoliidae,Pyrethrin, Fire Ant, Integrated Pest Management, Tansy; by Hephaestus Books Planting; by Jeannine Davidoff - South African Organic Gardener Planting; by Richard Bird Planting and Intensive Cultivation; by Nancy Lee Maffia Planting Boost Your Gardens Health, Secure It From Pests And Grow More Vegetables;by Ephraim Acre
  20. 20. Companion Planting for Successful Gardening; by Louise Riotte Planting for Veggies; by Annette Welsford Planting Guide; by Julie Villani Planting In Australia; by Brenda Little Planting in New Zealand; by Brenda Little Planting Made Easy; by Editors of Organic Gardening Magazine Planting: Successful Gardening the Organic Way; by Gertrud Franck Plants and How to Use Them: A Guide to Planting the Right Plants to Ward off PlantDiseases; by Helen Louise Porter Philbrick
  21. 21. Complete Guide to Companion Planting: Everything You Need to Know to Make Your GardenSuccessful; by Dale Mayer Companion to Native Plants. Selecting, Planting and Caring for over 400 Australian NativePlants; by Allan Seale Companions: A Guide to Gardening with Plants that Help Each Other; by Bob Flowerdew Neighbors: Companion Planting for Gardeners; by Anna Carr Garden Companions: A Companion-Planting System for a Beautiful, Chemical-Free VegetableGarden; by Sally Jean Cunningham Together: the A to Z of Companion Planting; by Susan Tomnay A Step Towards Sustainability; by Haseeb ur Rehman
  22. 22. Jackie Frenchs Guide to Companion Planting in Australia and New Zealand; by Jackie French of Companion Plants; by Frederic P Millerhttp://www.alibris.com Garden Companion: A Complete Guide for the Beginner, With a Special Emphasis on UsefulPlants and Intensive Planting in the Wayside, Dooryard, Patio, Rooftop, and Vacant Lot; by JamieJobb Gardening Books, Eco Farming Books and Much Morehttp://www.acresusa.comPlanting The Future: Saving Our Medicinal Herbs; by Rosemary Gladstar of Companion Planting: Herbs and Their Part in Good Gardening; by Richard B. Gregg And Practice Of Plant Conservation; by David R. Given
  23. 23. Rodales Successful Organic Gardening: Companion Planting; by Susan McClure of Companion Planting: Plants That Help, Plants That Hurt; by Brenda Little Mates: Companion Plants for Your Vegetable Garden; by Sara Alway African Planting and Companion Planting Guide; by Jeannine Davidoff Gardening, including: Raised Bed Gardening, Energy-efficient Landscaping,Permaculture, Masanobu Fukuoka, Companion Planting, Biological Pest Control, Leaf Mold, SpentMushroom Compost, Green Roof, Agroecology, Wildlife Garden, Mulch; by Hephaestus Books The Wild: Native American Knowledge and the Management of Californias NaturalResources; by M. Kat Anderson A-Z of Companion Planting; by Jayne Neville
  24. 24. The Best Gardening Ideas I Know: Foolproof way to start any seed, Compost piles that work,Practical companion planting, More vegetables in less space, Succession planting chart, Naturalweed controls, Mulching with weeds, Midsummer feeding; by Robert Rodale Change, Intercropping, Pest Control and Beneficial Microorganisms; by Eric Lichtfouse And The Scientific Basis Of Traditional Agriculture; by Donald Quayle Innis Complete Book of Herbs: A Practical Guide to Cultivating, Drying, and Cooking With More Than50 Herbs; by Emma Callery Complete Guide to Companion Planting: Everything You Need to Know to Make Your GardenSuccessful; by Dale Mayer Cook and the Gardener: A Year of Recipes and Writings for the French Countryside; by AmandaHesser Ecology of Intercropping; by John H. Vandermeer
  25. 25. The Huge Book Of Organic Gardening And Companion Planting; by Billie Rex Backyard Herb Garden: A Gardeners Guide to Growing Over 50 Herbs Plus How to Use Themin Cooking, Crafts, Companion Planting and More; by Miranda Smith Permaculture Design Certificate Course; DVD Collection with Bill Mollison and Geoff Lawtonhttp://www.permaculture-design-courses.com Plant a Row for the Hungry. Thank YOU!Please use search engines to find "Plant A Row For The Hungry"locations, people, Food Banks and churches near you. Thank you.