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COMPANION PLANTING

 

Combining and mixing crops has the effect of reducing damage from pests and diseases. Marigolds are particularly useful and should be present in every vegetable garden. They are most effective when planted alongside pathways. When you brush up against them they release a pungent, pest-confusing smell. Similarly, some annual herbs such as chervil, dill and summer savoury are beneficial when grown amongst crops as their strong scent hides the plants from pests. The scents of rosemary, thyme, sage, chives, hyssop and lavender are effective pest deterrents and their flowers attract predators and pollinators. These herbs should be confined to the edges of vegetable plots. Garlic and chives are often grown under roses to prevent fungal and bacterial attacks. Some plants, such as the Nicotiana Sylvestris, are grown as sacrificials to attract pests away from the main planting. Also referred to as trap plants, these have sticky stems and leaves and are attractive to white fly and thrips.

 

COMPANION GUIDE FOR VEGETABLE CROPS
VEGETABLE DOES WELL WITH … DOES BADLY WITH …
Beans (broad) Carrots, celery, potatoes, summer savoury, baby marrows and most herbs Onions and garlic
Beans (runner) Sweet corn and summer savoury Beetroot and chard
Beetroot Beans, onions, garlic, parsnips Runner beans
Cabbage French beans, beetroot, chard, celery, dill nasturtium, onions, garlic, peas, potatoes Runner beans, strawberries
Carrots Chives, leeks, lettuce, onions, garlic, peas, tomatoes Dill
Celery Cabbage, beans, leeks, tomatoes
Marrows Beans, nasturtium, peas, sweet corn Potatoes
Leeks Carrots, celery, onions
Lettuce Carrots, cabbage, radish, strawberries, chervil
Onions, Garlic Beetroot, chard, lettuce, strawberries, summer savoury, tomatoes Beans, peas
Peas Beans, carrots, sweet corn, turnips, potatoes Onions, garlic
Potatoes Beans, cabbage, peas, sweet corn Tomatoes, marrows
Sweet corn Beans, cabbage, peas, potatoes Sunflowers
Sweet & Chilli Peppers Basil Radishes
Sunflowers Cabbage, nasturtiums Potatoes, beans, grass
Tomatoes Asparagus, basil, carrots, cabbage, onions, garlic, parsley Potatoes
Turnips, Swedes Peas
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