Gardening may be one of your favorite pastimes, but perhaps you have found that your plants haven’t been rewarding you with the results that you were hoping for. Whether you are growing vegetables and fruits for your kitchen or hoping for some beautiful flowers in your backyard, gardening has its tricks that can help you to be successful.
One of these tricks is companion planting.
What is companion planting?
Companion planting is planting certain plants and vegetables next to each other. It does more than just make your garden look attractive; many plants have attributes that can help your plants to grow healthier and tastier.
Why is this?
Depending on what you plant next to each other, if you are planting vegetables for your consumption, you may be pleasantly surprised that certain plants help their “neighbor” plants grow to taste better. Other plants can help to make sure that certain bugs don’t attack your prized plant, and some plants are planted next for the sole purpose of providing shade. Various plants can function as protection for others while some have the job of enhancing flavors.
While this is a broad subject, to help you get the idea here are a couple of examples of companion plant duos and why they work:
- Carrots and beans: Beans can help to enhance the soil that the carrots are planted in resulting in deliciousness.
- Broccoli and rosemary: Remember how we said that some plants for protection? Rosemary (or basil or sage) can help to keep certain broccoli-eating bugs away.
- Cucumbers and radishes: Here is an example of how this one works: There’s a little beetle that loves his cucumbers but hates his radishes so he doesn’t want anything to do with cucumber. Also, they have similar growing times.
As you can see, companion planting is more than just having fun with mixing and matching—it’s the smart way to garden.
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