Companion planting is the best way to grow your plants healthy. It is a form of polyculture which involves growing different types of plants side by side.
Such pairing of plants deters pests, provides minerals and nutrients, subdues weeds and allows vertical support. It is known that the best plants can grow best when planted side by side.
Let us learn about the pro tips to successful gardening:
Understand What Not To Plant Next To Each Other
Some plants have different growing conditions and should not be planted next to each other. They can have similar diseases and thus should be avoided planting side by side. Examples of crops with similar pests are
– Beans and Peas – Tomatoes, corn, potatoes – Cucumber, squash, watermelon – Spinach, lettuce, carrots – Cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, kale
Execute Polyculture Practise in your Garde
Adding a wide variety of herbs, fruits, vegetables to your garden will help than any specific companionship. Diversity in planting attracts pollinators and insects and provides food and shelter in your garden to those insects and pollinators. Polyculture is beneficial as it controls weeds, pests, and diseases.
Practice Companion Planting to Attract Pollinators
As you execute polyculture in your garden and provide different habitats and food, your garden becomes attracted to pollinators and insects but does not kill off the insects by using pesticides.
Use Companion Plants as Supports
Large plants provide shade to smaller plants in need of sun protection. This protection will help small plants from bolting in the hot sun. For example tall plants like corn, sunflowers provide relief to the small plants like lettuce, spinach from the scorching sun.
Deter pests ward off insects