Gardening can be a rewarding pastime, but it can also be pretty frustrating. You want your plants to be strong and healthy, but you don’t want to douse them with artificial fertilizer. You grow some beautiful veggies, but they taste, well – mediocre. How can you use natural methods to improve your gardening results?
There’s a simple solution that many gardeners overlook, and it’s called companion planting. This is the practice of growing complementary plants side by side so that one plant helps another or affects the way it grows.
One great example is to add a few marigolds and nasturtiums into your vegetable garden. They’ll improve the look of things for you and your visitors – and they’ll look just as good to bees and other pollinators. They also help to keep the soil shady and to keep the weeds at bay.
However, there are some partnerships that just won’t work out. Tomatoes are a tall plant and may cast too much shade over smaller ones such as bush beans. Other plants may be ‘allelopathic’ – meaning they will chemically impede the growth of their neighbours.
Our new infographic takes a closer look at some ideal plant companions, and a few to keep apart. It might just change the way you plan your home garden!
However much you may know about individual plants, there’s always more to learn about how they can thrive in a natural environment. Have a look at the practice of companion planting, and you are sure to give them a better chance of growing to impressive fruition.
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