|Lettuce planted with companion strawberries and cucumbers|
Monday, May 12, 2012
Most have heard of the 3 Sisters-corn, beans and squash planted together. This is an example of companion planting-planting veggies together that help each other out. Plants can give off chemicals, create usable nitrogen, have scents, suck nutrients or bring nutrients to the surface that can be either beneficial or detrimental to those planted near them.
For small gardens that cannot do the traditional crop rotation, companion planting is even more important to the long term health of the garden.
Here is a list of companions for the veggies I have planted:
*Beets-lettuce, onions, cabbage
*Chard-lettuce, onions, cabbage
*Cucumber-beans, nasturtiums, leeks, onions, peas, radishes, sunflowers
*Lettuce-radishes, strawberries, and cucumbers
*Onions-summer savory, chamomile
*Peppers-basil and okra
*Tomatoes-asparagus, basil, carrots, celery, chives, garlic, onions, parsley
*Squash-icicle radishes, nasturtiums
Just plant the companions next to each other to help each out. To get the most from your small space, check out how to do intensive gardening