Placement of your vegetables in your garden patch can determine how successful your overall crop will be. It appears plants are not unlike people when it comes to personal relationships, love em or leave em.
What is Companion Planting?
We’ve all heard about companion planting, a method used by organic growers using great biodiversity in the garden. Basically flowers, herbs and vegetables are grown together as companion plants with an end result of greater yields and healthier crops. Companion plants include allies, or beneficial plants, plants that help to nourish each other. Allies also do not compete for space, sun or nutrients.
What are Bad Associations?
There are also plant enemies, or bad associations. In this case plants have a negative effect on each other due to plant competition. One plant may be too aggressive and competes for sun and nutrients, or a plant might attract or be a host for a pest or disease of other plants. There are even plants that are capable of inhibiting the growth of other plants.
Here is a list of a few of the more common Bad Neighbors in the Veggie Patch:
Turnips – keep away from potatoes. Potato plants will actually inhibit the growth of your turnips.
Potatoes – keep away from tomatoes as they attract the same blights. This increases your chances of both crops becoming sick.
Tomatoes – keep away from potatoes and corn. Corn plants attract a worm that feeds on tomato plants. Also dill is not a friend of tomatoes as it will stunt tomato growth.
Squash – keep away from potatoes which stunt the growth of your squash plants.
Cucumber – keep away from sage which will retard plant growth of your cucumbers.
Carrots – keep away from dill which retards growth.
Beets – keep away from pole beans which will stunt plant growth.
Beans – keep away from onions which stunt plant growth.
Peas – keep away from onions which stunt plant growth.
Radish – keep away from hyssop.
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