Sunday, May 15, 2011

Companion Planting

It's that time of year again, putting into action all of the planning that kept me busy this winter.  Well, not this winter, last winter.  On the right is a picture of my garden plans for last summer's garden.  Because I am moving and don't have to worry about rotating I will just use it again this summer. (Please ignore the water stains, it's spent a lot of time in my pocket and as a bookmark in the kitchen)  One thing that I practice is companion planting.  I have found that this helps control pests and is perfect for my organic garden.  The following is a list of what plants are companions or incompatible.

Marigolds - Plant these by lettuce, potatoes, or tomatoes.  Not only do they add color to your garden, but they are the best bug repellent I have ever used.  I usually try to plant these throughout my garden because they won't hurt anything, but the plants listed benefit the most.
Beans - You can plant these by pretty much anything except onions.
Carrots - Plant by peas, lettuce, onion, sage, and tomato.  Keep away from dill.
Cucumber - Plant by beans, peas, sunflowers, and radish.  Don't plant by potatoes or aromatic herbs.
Lettuce - Plant by carrots, radish, strawberries, and cucumber.
Onion - Don't plant by beans or peas.  Plant by carrots, lettuce or cabbage.
Potato - Keep from sunflowers, cucumber and tomatoes.
Tomato - Plant by onion, marigold, asparagus, carrot, parsley, cucumber.  Stay away from cabbage, fennel, and potatoes.

Happy Planting!

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  1. Good list. I can never remember from year to year.

  2. I didn't know about the sunflowers and the potatoes. Why can't they be together? Are they in the same family or is it something else? Curious minds want to know. :-)

  3. Hmmm... this is something I must go and investigate. So far, I'm pretty good with all the list above.
    You didn't mention CORN...
    I have corn planted near sunflowers... and in the same potager as my POTATOES, BUT NO TOO CLOSE...
    I read the barn hop, but didn't see this post someone sent this post and another, by you, about sunflowers... I off to investigate!

    Thanks for posting!



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