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Matchmaking in the Garden

by User Not Found | Apr 05, 2013

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On a daily basis we build and interact within communities, often forming loving relationships for the mutual benefit of each other. Similarly companion planting is about creating plant communities - suitably pairing and reaping the rewards of plant relationships. Companion planting is one organic way to help protect your vegetables from the threat of pests, and can help improve the growth of your crops. I have spent some time researching good companions for some favorite vegetable plants. Have a read and allow happy relationships lead to success in your garden this year!

See the list below as to what plants are best suited for each other

Onion
Parsley sown with onions can help to keep onion fly away. Good companion plants for onions are broccoli, cabbage, carrots, lettuce, strawberry and tomatoes. 

Leek
Leeks grow well with celery. When planted with onions and carrots they discourage onion and carrot fly. Include leeks in your crop rotation programme alongside garlic, onions and shallots.

Celery
It grows well with beans, tomatoes and particularly leeks. If left to flower, celery attracts beneficial insects.
Raised Vegetable Bed

Beetroot

Beetroot flourish in the company of kohlrabi, carrots, cucumber, lettuce, onions, brassicas and most beans (apart from runners). Dill or Florence fennel planted nearby attracts predators. Because it combines well with other crops, and small roots mature within 9-13 weeks, beetroots are good for intercropping and are a useful catch crop.


Cabbage

Cabbages thrive in the company of herbs like dill, mint, rosemary, sage, thyme and chamomile. They also grow well with many other vegetables including onions, garlic, peas, celery, potatoes, broad beans and beets.


Turnip

Turnips are useful for intercropping between taller crops and peas, and help deter aphids.

Carrot

Carrots grow well with lettuce, radishes and tomatoes and encourage peas to grow. They dislike anise and dill. If left to flower, carrots attract hoverflies and other beneficial insects to the garden. Intercropping carrots and onions reduces carrot fly attacks; leeks have also been used with some success. Sowing seeds of annual flowers also seems to discourage carrot fly.
Cabbage and Rosemary

Tomatoes

Grow with French marigolds to deter whitefly. Tomatoes grow well with basil, parsley, alliums, nasturtium and asparagus.


Potato

Growing horseradish in large sunken pots near to potatoes controls some diseases. Sweet corn, cabbage, beans and marigolds are also good companion partners. Protect against scab by putting grass clippings and comfrey leaves in the planting hole or trench.


If you have any further questions on planting for your vegetable garden, please feel free to comment below or on our Facebook page. Let me know how the relationships between your plants develop!

Happy Gardening!

Angela.