What is Companion Planting and How Can You Incorporate It In Your Garden?

As a gardener, you’ve probably heard the words companion planting thrown around occasionally, but if you haven’t looked far into it, you probably haven’t realised the phenomenal benefits that it can provide to your harvests. Essentially, companion planting involves growing certain plants together with the knowledge that they can help each other grow and thrive in the garden. 

For example, planting your tomatoes and cabbages together as your tomatoes will naturally repel diamondback moth larvae (cabbage moth), which are known to chew through leaves. 

However, one of the most difficult aspects of companion planting is how misunderstood it is between common household gardeners. Without knowing the true quantity of which plants, shrubs and bushes need to be planted together, it can be near impossible to notice any difference in your garden’s growth patterns. 

So, is companion planting effective? 

While it seems simple enough to do a quick Google search and find out which plants should be organised beside one another, it’s not that simple. Differing climates, amounts of plants and soil quality can heavily impact the effectiveness of your companion planting system. 

Rather than relying on the internet for all of your answers, using a trial and error system is what will best yield results. You may find that too much basil is required to keep pests away, but you may find that lavender does the trick perfectly and also fills your garden with a calming scent. 

It may take a few years to perfect, but once you work out the basics of what works for your garden’s needs, you will notice that your garden becomes easier to manage. You may even find that your plants begin to grow larger and tastier as they no longer feel threatened by weeds, pests or other forces. 

But Beware 

Just as much as some plants love working with one another, some simply just won’t get along. I always recommend that you do your research and find out which plants are incompatible before you plan your garden as this can reduce the chances of disappointment due to a failed harvest.

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