I live in a diversified, multi-cultural, multi-ethnic family. I love all our differences as much as I love our similarities, it seems to bring us all together in its own way. One day I realized that my garden is similar to my family because I plant everything all mixed up together. I have determined that vegetables, ornamentals, and annuals, for instance, can live quite well together even if they have different ethnicities, religions, and cultural backgrounds (::grin::). As a married plant couple, these organic plants can assist one another in ways previously discarded as irrelevant, by diversifying your gardens through partner or companion planting you are preventing certain pest problems, encouraging beneficial insects, and allowing them to shade one another during difficult times.
Many of my gardener friends use companion planting in their garden, like Carolyn Binder from the Cowlick Cottage Farm blog – LINK. Companion or partner planting is sometimes described as “lore”, however, I have found it incredibly useful in the garden. The scientific basis for companion planting is explained simply in this article by Peaceful Valley Grow Organic site – LINK. Companion planting can be applied for design, attracting beneficial insects, helping shade partner plants, and more. Below are a few companion planting ideas for your garden.
4 Companion Planting Ideas That Have Worked In My Garden
- Plant globe basil or marigolds (preferably the old fashioned smelly ones) around your vegetable garden border to help discourage rabbits and encourage beneficial insects.
- Tall sunflowers function as a trellis for climbing plants such as sweet peas, beans, and morning glory.
- Plant hyssop and verbena around your garden to help attract pollinators such as bees and butterflies to help with pollination.
- Spinach, parsley, basil, and arugula grow well in between tomato rows as the tomatoes will help shade them.
It’s time to plan your garden my friends; consider diversifying your garden family for the season and building a garden design filled with multicultural love amongst many partners or companion plants. Vegetables can all live together in perfect harmony.