planting is a process where two or more different kind of plants are planted in
close proximity to provide some benefits such as pest control and pollination
to the plants. The best part of companion planting is that it is organic or
natures way of controlling pests and improve pollination.
We all aware of the
benefits of going organic. I have written an article on this also. If you are
interested to know more about the benefits of being an organic gardener you can
check this post.
are various mixes of plants which apart from making the garden more eye catchy,
provide a healthy benefit to the plants. From ancient times and before the
introduction of mass scale pesticides and fertilizer, people used the concepts
of companion planting. They believed certain combination of plants have
mysterious power to help each other. Now science also proved that some
combination in deed help to grow the plants very well.
are basically 4 type of benefits you get by opting for companion plantation:
It helps both the plants to
grow. Tall plants provide shade to the sun sensitive shorter plants.
You can use your space more
productively. It also increases the chances of getting a good yield, even if
one crop fails.
This provides pest control
in an organic way. Some companion plants help in preventing pest insects
and pathogenic fungi. It can also divert pests from the other plant.
It attracts pollination by
attracting beneficial insects. Companion plants some time produce more
nectar than the main plant and thus attract more beneficial insects.
Best Companion Plants For Tomatoes:
Examples Of Companion Gardening:
are some of the example of companion gardening:
beans and corns together can be beneficial for both of them. The beans fix
nitrogen to the soil which also benefits the corn. Whereas the cornstalk can be
used as a trellis by the bean plant to climb up.
dill and cabbage can be another example of companion planting. Dill can attract
many beneficial wasp which can control cabbage worms and other cabbage pests.
basil along with tomatoes (click here for tomato growing tips) can improve the flavor and growth of tomatoes. It also
garlic near tomato or cabbage plant can help to control beetle and aphids from
and radish also work together pretty well. Radishes help to deter cucumber beetles. But make sure cucumber is not planted near potatoes as it can
encourage the late blight in potatoes.
are so many such combinations available. You can find many of them through
hope you get an idea about the companion gardening concept through this blog. It
is definitely an option you can try out in case you are thinking of going
organic. Check my blog the meaning of organic for more information about going