Companion Planting: Building Garden Relationships!

Companion planting sounds simple enough, but what is it really? It is quite an easy practice to implement, and can have awesome results! Some plants grow better when they are in close proximity with certain other plants. Being planted together can enhance their growth,  enhance their flavor or deter insects and pests. Basically you are boosting your garden by paying attention to plant placement. What’s not to love about the idea! Check out some of the handy companion planting ideas that we found:

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Tomatoes and Basil

Planting basil with your tomatoes has several benefits. Putting the two together sweetens the flavor of the tomatoes, and can repel pesky insects like spider mites and aphids. Basil can also help with the pollination process by attracting bees to the garden! There are plenty of delicious recipes that use tomatoes and basil as well! Not only are they a great pair in the garden, but they’re a great pair in the kitchen too.

Marigolds & Just About Any Vegetable

Marigolds can be planted near any vegetable or fruit. They will deter some harmful insects away from your plants, like whiteflies and aphids. They are especially helpful when planted near tomatoes and strawberries. The marigold root system emits a chemical that kills harmful root knot nematodes (soil dwelling white worms) that target these plants. Certain varieties of marigold have even been known to deter rabbits.

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Dill & Cabbage

Dill helps aid in the growth of cabbage, as well as other similar vegetables such as broccoli, Brussels sprouts and cauliflower. Avoid planting dill and carrots together, as they can cross-pollinate and alter the growth of both plants. Dill helps to attract beneficial insects to your garden including bees and wasps. Dill is also a great natural insect repellent against many different insects such as spider mites and squash bugs.

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Companion Planting Works with Premium Soil

Pairing up your plants is worthless if you don’t have good soil for the plants to grow! Be sure to choose a soil that will provide your garden with proper nutrients and materials, such as our Black Garden Soil. We pack a ton of organic matter into the BigYellowBag.  Blending premium, locally sourced ingredients that promote microbial activity has been our secret to success! This makes it the perfect choice for your vegetable gardens and flowerbeds, and it will provide them with plenty of nutrients all season long.

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Investigate The Possibilities

There are tons of other combinations in the world of companion planting, such as lettuce and onions, and garlic and roses. There is a lot of info online about dynamic plant duos, so be sure to do some googling. While there are some great companions, there are some lousy combinations as well. For example, cucumbers should never be planted near aromatic herbs. They alter the taste of the fruit. Lettuce also does not like being near any member of the allium family (which includes onions and garlic).

There is something mysterious about companion planting; certain plants just simply do not grow well together. If you are planting a wide variety of vegetables, be sure to do your research to find out which plants will be beneficial side by side, and which ones should be on opposite ends!

Cameron Shimoda

Garden and Soil Enthusiast