mom. Organic Gardening. April 06th , 2018.
Organic companion planting is planting together different types of plants within the same area to get better results. Not every plant can be placed next to others, there are certain plants best not be placed together. To illustrate, let’s imagine that you’re a plant. The world of plants is similar to the world of humans. In human world, there are people you like to hang with, and there some you don't like and in another case, you may have one-sided relationships. The same logic can be said in organic companion planting.
There are several categories of effective organic companion planting method. The first we will talk is the "bouncers". Their job is to keep away certain unwanted things from your garden. For example, marigolds; they can produce scent that will prevent certain insects to enter your garden. So it’s good to have these guys in your garden to keep the bad pests out. The bouncers can also become food sources for the helpful insects when they can’t find their prey in your garden.
The next category is the "trouble makers". Sometimes it’s a bad idea to put certain types of people within the same room. Same thing also happens in organic companion planting method. For instance, placing cabbages and tomatoes within the same patch will attract the same pest. Sunflowers and pumpkins are bad neighbors for potatoes. Onions don’t get along with beans and peas.
The last category is the "good buddies". There are types of people you’d like to be near you as they can give you a good feeling. It's pretty much the same way in companion planting, such as peas and tomatoes. Climbing peas grown on tomato cages give shade that shelter tomato plants from direct sunlight. Another example is chamomile planted near onions and cabbage and onions can improves their flavors.
Plenty benefits your garden can receive from effective organic companion planting. This method have been used by gardeners since centuries ago. Recent studies done by scientists concluded that this method is indeed scientific. One clear benefit of this method is it can reduce the amount of required pesticides. It also helps in growing more robust and healthy plants, that in turn will reduce the risk of pest infestation.
If you want to start, it’s a good idea to visit gardening stores in your area and ask for recommendations on the types of plants that will grow well together. Gardening is about creativity and imagination, so I dare you to go out and plant!
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