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Companion Planting Made Easy [video]

January 17th, 2017 | The flower garden, The vegetable garden | 0 Comments

Companion planting is when you choose to plant different plants together, so that one plant benefits the other. There are thousands of possibilities but choosing the correct plants can be tricky. GrowVeg has diligently researched companion planting to save you time when selecting the correct companion planting combinations for your garden. Let us guide you through easy companion planting tips to help you get it right in your garden.Lettuce 'Little Gem', an Award of Garden Merit variety. Image ©GardenPhotos.com

  • Many flowering plants attract pest-eating insects. Poached egg plants are great at drawing in hoverflies which control aphids away from nearby lettuce.
  • Borage is known to attract both bees and tiny pest-eating wasps, making it a great companion for tomatoes.
  • Crimson clover has been proven to grow well with broccoli, it encourages the expansion of the local spider population which in turn controls many pests.
  • Particular companion plants lure some insects away from crops. Nasturtium is a great example of this, if planted close to broad beans, so that blackfly will gorge on nasturtiums whilst ignoring the beans.
  • Similarly, nasturtium also attracts hungry caterpillars away from brassicas, like cabbage.
  • Other plants have a very strong scent, this confuses pests by masking the smell of the host plant. For example, garlic has been found to deter the green peach aphid. Therefore a perfect companion to vulnerable fruits such a peaches and nectarines.
  • In many instances, plants make suitable companions as they offer physical advantages. Tall growing sunflowers offer shade & support for scrambling cucumbers and climbing beans, which in hotter climates can become sun-stressed.
  • The ‘Three Sisters’ method is an example of physical advantages. This involves growing beans, corn and squash together. The large leaves from the squash help to smother weeds. Whilst the beans and corn return the favour by disorientating squash vine borers. The beans also use the corn as a support to scramble up, while fixing nitrogen at their roots to the benefit of the other sisters.

These are just a few scientifically proven companion planting combinations. The video below offers a few more for you to try. If you have any great combinations, please leave them in the comments below.

GrowVeg – Companion Planting Made Easy

Companion Planting: Why Vegetables Need Friends

October 18th, 2016 | The flower garden, The vegetable garden | 0 Comments

Dahlias fill a new border - Companion plantingFlowers are great for many uses in the garden, but they are perfect for companion planting. Find out how flowers can help in getting the most out of your garden. 

Flowers planted in and around the vegetable garden offer many benefits;

  • Vegetables left to grow in isolation are more vulnerable to pests. By growing flowers nearby, they will naturally attract beneficial insects. These will feed on pests, preventing them from attacking your precious vegetables. The best flowers for drawing in beneficial bugs are those rich in pollen and nectar.
  • By growing flowers among edibles, this will create a sea of colours, textures and smells. This can confuse many insect pests, as they will struggle to choose a vegetable they wish to feed on.
  • Sowing a flowering cover crop or green manure such as buckwheat, in between crops can attract beneficial insects and confuse pests. As well as attracting pest-eating insects, these flowers smother the ground to suppress weeds. Further to this, they will improve the soil quality by breaking it up with long, fibrous roots.
  • Many herbs such as; oregano, lavender and borage produce flowers. These pull in beneficial bugs like ladybugs, whose larvae will feast on fleshy pests like aphids.

These are just a few reasons that flowers are perfect for companion planting. Take a look at the video below to find out more tips on companion planting. Let us know any tips you have on companion planting in the comments below.

Companion Planting: Why Vegetables Need Friends

Companion Planting: Why Vegetables Need Friends