companion planting

Companion planting is a method of planting different plants together so that one plant can benefit the growth and health of another. This method is used particularly as a form of natural pest control. Often it is the scent of a companion plant which deters the pest and, as many herbs are strongly scented, they can be useful companion plants, particularly in a kitchen garden.

A good example of this would be the carrot, and the carrot root fly. If onions or chives are planted close to carrots, the smell of the onions will mask the smell of the carrots, making them less likely to be attacked by the carrot root fly. In the same way, planting French marigolds with tomatoes will deter whiteflies.

Leeks, onions and garlic also deter slugs, so if you companion plant your salad leave with them you stand a chance of being able to pick leaves that are not full of holes!

Another benefit of companion planting is that the diversity of plants in the beds is attractive to many beneficial insects. Some of these will quickly dispose of the undesirables eating your crops and others will pollinate for you.

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A table to show good combinations of plants.