Many crops in your garden, especially vegetables, show various reactions to other plants. The method of planting mixed seedlings – the herb and its companions – is used to encourage the growth and development of crops, but also to attract beneficial insects in your garden. Below you have a list of plant companions useful for any gardener.
1. Cress and tomatoes
Tomatoes can be protected if you plant cress in the tomato seedlings. Tomatoes pests such as black aphids won’t attack it anymore. For a bigger protection, you can plant near tomatoes, asparagus, basil, mint, marigolds and parsley. They all have a protective role. Don’t plant potatoes, fennel, dill, cauliflower or strawberry near them, because your crops will be invaded by pests.
2. Cucumbers with radishes
These two plants grow very well together, and radishes keep away the cucumber bugs. Beans, celery, lettuce, garlic, chamomile, corn and dill are also great companions for cucumbers. Don’t plant cucumber near sage, potato, tomato or pumpkin crops.
3. Pumpkins and beans
Pumpkins grow well in a nitrogen-containing soil. So planting bean or peas crops near the pumpkins will help them grow faster. Other herb-protective plants are: melon, mint, onion, corn, oregano and cress. Don’t plant squash near potato crops!
4. Cabbage and anise
Certain plants are used to camouflage the whole crops in the garden. Thus, anise protects effectively with its scent the cabbage and cauliflower, confusing pests. Anise will grow better if coriander is around it.
5. Bring useful insects in the garden
Certain plants are loved by certain insects that destroy pests. Dill or carrots will attract insects that feed with tomatoes pests. Parsley attracts wasps that destroy the horn worm, one of the most terrifying pests in the garden.
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