Companion planting is the
age-old practice of planting different plants in close proximity so that
the can help one another in some why. These plants complement each other
by giving off scent or chemicals that repel harmful insects, or they may
at attract beneficial insects that are plant pollinators or predators to
harmful insects. Some plants return micro-nutrients to the soil that can
be used by other plants.
Did you know…..?
• Nasturtiums planted with
pumpkins, squash and cucumbers deter beetles, aphids and other insects
that attack the plants. And what’s more, they are edible!
• Carrots and leeks are
excellent companions. Leeks repel carrot fly and carrots repel onion fly
and leek moth. The confusion of scents chases the insects away.
• Asparagus prevents nematodes
from attacking the roots of tomato plants.
• Coriander repels insects and
can be made into a natural spray to use against red spider mite.
• Garlic deters insects and is
a particularly good choice to plant with roses.
This book describes more than
100 herbs, food plants and medicinal plants and their companions, with
information on how to use plants medicinally and in the home. Separate
sections deal with useful weeds, natural sprays, mulches, natural
fertilizers and other methods to improve the soil.