The Lost Art of Companion Planting

After a severe winter, gardeners are looking forward to getting out in the garden. We are wondering what has survived and planning our gardens for the upcoming season.

Use companion planting concepts to: 

  • use a sunny space more efficiently by supporting vining and upright plants
  • combine plants with different harvest times
  • interplant with a companion
  • use tall plants to provide shade for shorter plants that need protection
  • repel pests and/or attract beneficial insects and pollinators

Companion planting can help you achieve more robust plants and control pests without chemicals. 

A vegetable garden need not be a rectangle with rows of vegetables. It can combine ornamental plants with vegetables and herbs to give you the color and texture of an ornamental garden with the enjoyment of fruits and vegetables for your table.

Consider the benefits of companion planting when planning your garden. Some plants have a symbiotic relationship with others while other combinations are detrimental. Roses Hyssop Chives, Marigolds and Nasturtium are excellent edible choices for adding color to the garden.  Shrubs such as elderberry, currant and blueberries can provide flowers, fruit and ornamental value to a mixed garden. Wildflowers grown near vegetables will attract beneficial insects and pollinators. 

Here are two links to handy guides for companion planting:

Plant Companions Friend or Foe

Companion Planting Guide

Posted on March 29, 2014 .