TOP 10 COMPANION PLANTS
Companion planting – growing crops that are beneficial to each other, is a familiar concept. Here are 10 top groupings:
1. Tomatoes and marigolds: Ward off whitefly.
2. Basil and tomatoes: The herb attracts greenfly and other aphids away from the fruits.
3. Borage, balm, and tomatoes: The herbs are beneficial to the fruits. Tomatoes keep better if grown near stinging nettles.
4. Outdoor tomatoes and asparagus: Both benefit from each other’s company.
5. Sweetcorn, squash, and beans: The traditional Native American Indian growing system, known as the Three Sisters. The runner beans grow up the sweetcorn stalks keeping them off the ground; the beans attract beneficial insects that prey on pests. The squash acts as a living mulch and spiny varieties deter predators.
6. Radishes and spinach: Radishes attract leaf miners away from spinach. The radish roots are unharmed, so this is a perfect pairing.
7. Roses and chives/garlic: The alliums repels pests that eat rose petals.
8. Tomatoes, dill, and brassicas: Tomatoes repel the diamondback moth larvae, which eat cabbage leaves. Grow tomatoes around the cabbage patch. Any brassica helps keep dill upright, which attracts tiny beneficial wasps that control cabbage pests.
9. Potatoes and sweet alyssum: Sweet alyssum’s tiny perfumed flowers attract many beneficial insects. Plant it on top and around potatoes – the tubers grow pest-free underneath.
10. Cucumbers and nasturtiums: Nasturtiums are edible and one of the biggest pest attractors. Insects flock to them and ignore cucumbers.
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