Companion Planting while not fully understood or thoroughly studied is a time-honored garden technique where plants are situated next to each other with the idea that they help each other in some way to grow better.
Whether the planting combination repels unwelcome insects (think Marigolds or Basil with Tomato to deter Tomato Hornworm), offers a little mid-day shade (Lettuce with Lupines or other tall plants that let in some dappled sun) or gives your plants a little boost both in height and nutrients (Three Sisters: Corn, squash and beans), companion planting is a great way to maximize space and create visually beautiful, vigorous gardens, and gain some nice diversity to boot.
Great print resources can be found at your local library, and also online. Take a look at the following guide for a quick overview of combinations that work! If you have a penchant to experiment and have a observational demeanor why not try to create some new combinations!
An In-Depth Companion Planting Guide from Mother Earth News
For a healthy, thriving garden, consult this companion planting guide when you’re deciding what seeds to put where.
Posted 5/22/17 by Regina M. Dlugokencky