Helpful Plants for Your Organic Garden
If you are an organic gardner who wants to get the most out of your garden’s bounty, then there are steps you can take to improve your results simply by knowing the kinds of helpful plants to put in your garden. Known as “companion planting,” this gardening technique uses knowledge of different species attributes to form a planting scheme for better results. Companion planting places plants side by side that have the potential to help each other because they have complementary attributes. Follow our guide to learn about a few plants ideal for companion planting in your organic garden:
Combination #1: Cabbage Family & Dill
An unlikely match, yes perhaps. But cabbage and dill are an organic gardening marriage made in heaven when it comes to the pest-warding powerhouse they create. Dill attracts wasps, which are very effective at getting rid of cabbageworms an other pests that may attack the cabbage and its family of plants. In addition, the cabbage acts as a solid support, giving the dill plant, a flimsy plant that has a tendency to bow over, an infrastructure for growing tall and strong. Dill is a great companion plant for other plants in the cabbage family as well, including brussel sprouts and broccoli.
Combination #2: Garlic & Roses
Plant garlic and roses beside each other, and you not only have access to the two most essential items for any dinner party – garlic on everything and roses and garlic’s purple or white blooms for your table décor – but you are going to have really great-looking rose bushes. Garlic wards off the pests that attack roses.
Combination #3: Cucumbers & Nasturtiums
If you are growing cucumbers or the related squash plant, then it’s a good idea to plant nasturtiums as well. These firey flowers with edible leaves and blooms have a vining system, which allows them to spread over large swathes of ground cover. They can mix in with your cucumbers and squash as they grow plump without harming the vegetables. In fact, they repel cucumber beetles. What’s more, they’ll protect cucumber and squash plants by giving them defense against other insects. That’s because their rambling nature helps them spread out over the ground cover, which is the habitat for insects such as ground beetles and spiders – insects that will eat pesky insects that want to feed on your plants.
Are you ready to see a more bountiful and healthier garden? Are you ready to diversify your plants and fill your garden with more color and taste? The more you know about a plant species, the better chances you have at creating planting successful combinations that boost the health and the growth of your garden. You’re on your way to a more beautiful, more delicious organic garden this summer. Now get to planting the companion way!