Companion planting means putting plants together in the garden that like each other, or help each other out. Companion planting can have a real impact on the health and yield of your plants.
Organic gardeners strive to achieve a balance in their gardens so that they don't require chemicals for pest or disease control.
Companion planting can play a significant role
in assisting with pest control.
Some combinations work because of scents they use to repel insects,
others work because they attract good bugs.
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Companion Planting Chart for Vegetables
When planning your garden, take some time to think about the layout of your garden to incorporate some of the companion planting ideas. Use the following COMPANION PLANTING MAP as a guideline.
Companion Planting Garden Map
Types of Companion Planting
There are a number of systems and ideas using companion planting. Square foot gardening, for example, attempts to protect plants from many normal gardening problems by packing them as closely together as possible, which is facilitated by using companion plants, which can be closer together than normal.
Another system using companion planting is the forest garden, where companion plants are intermingled to create an actual ecosystem, emulating the interaction of up to seven levels of plants in a forest or woodland.
Organic gardening often depends on companion planting for its best performance, since so many synthetic means of fertilizing, weed reduction, pest control, and other garden needs are forbidden.
Three Sisters: Native American Companion Planting
Companion planting was practiced in various forms by Native Americans prior to the arrival of Europeans. One common system was the planting of corn (maize) and pole beans together. The inclusion of squash with these two plants completes the Three Sisters technique, pioneered by Native American peoples.
Corn provides a natural pole for bean vines to climb. Beans fix nitrogen on their roots, improving the overall fertility of the plot by providing nitrogen to the following years corn. Bean vines also help stabilize the corn plants, making them less vulnerable to blowing over in the wind. Shallow-rooted squash vines become a living mulch, shading emerging weeds and preventing soil moisture from evaporating, thereby improving the overall crops chances of survival in dry years. Spiny squash plants also help discourage predators from approaching the corn and beans. The large amount of crop residue from this planting combination can be incorporated back into the mound at the end of the season, to build up the organic matter in the soil and improve its structure.
Corn, beans and squash also complement each other nutritionally. Corn provides carbohydrates, the dried beans are rich in protein, balancing the lack of necessary amino acids found in corn. Finally, squash yields both vitamins from the fruit and healthful, delicious oil from the seeds.
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About Companion Planting, Heirloom Seeds, and Super Food Garden
Companion planting is the practice of placing plants together in a garden that either like each other or help each other out. It can have a real impact on the health and yield of plants, and it plays a significant role in assisting with pest control. Some combinations work because of scents they use to repel insects, while others work because they attract good bugs. Heirloom seeds are the choice for seed-saving from year-to-year, and learning to save seeds is easy and fun. The Super Food Garden is the most nutrient-dense garden one can build, and everything needed is available in one pack.
Three Sisters Garden and Native American Companion Planting
The Three Sisters Garden was the first example of companion planting in Native American culture. It involves planting corn, pole beans, and squash together. This technique provides several benefits, such as improved fertility of the plot, stability for the corn plants, natural pest control, and nutritional complementarity among the crops.
Types of Companion Planting Systems
There are various systems and ideas using companion planting, such as square foot gardening and forest gardening. Square foot gardening aims to protect plants from common gardening problems by packing them closely together, facilitated by companion plants. Forest gardening involves intermingling companion plants to create an actual ecosystem, emulating the interaction of multiple levels of plants in a forest or woodland.
Natural Pest Control and Organic Gardening
Organic gardening often depends on companion planting for its best performance, as many synthetic means of fertilizing, weed reduction, pest control, and other garden needs are forbidden. There are also natural pest control alternatives, beneficial garden insects and creatures, and natural pesticide and insecticide recipes available for organic gardeners.
Companion Planting Chart for Vegetables
When planning a garden, it's important to consider the layout and incorporate some of the companion planting ideas. The Companion Planting Chart for Vegetables provides specific information about which vegetables really like to be with each other and which ones really dislike being together.
Companion planting, heirloom seeds, and natural pest control techniques are essential components of successful and sustainable gardening. By understanding the principles of companion planting and utilizing the right techniques, gardeners can create thriving and balanced ecosystems in their gardens.