Saturday, June 3, 2017

Companion planting

Lettuce planted with companion cucumber and strawberries
Saturday, June 3, 2017

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 plant with a link on how to grow:
*Beets-lettuce, onions, cabbage  
All about beautiful beets
*Chard-lettuce, onions, cabbage  
For year round steamed greens, grow chard!
*Cucumber-beans, nasturtiums, leeks, onions, peas, radishes, sunflowers  
Cucumber info and tips for growing
*Lettuce-radishes, strawberries, and cucumbers  
Everything you need to know about growing lettuce
*Onions-summer savory, chamomile
Onions-everything you need to know to grow 'em  
*Tomatoes-asparagus, basil, carrots, celery, chives, garlic, onions, parsley
*Squash-icicle radishes, nasturtiums
The wonderful world of squash

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

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