Real World Gardener Edible Gardens part 4 in Design Elements

June 16th, 2020

Edible Gardens part 4 Companikon Planting

This series is about edible gardens from start to finish. 
So far we’ve covered, site selection, soil preparation and selection of plants or seeds for your garden Part 4 is about companion planting, 
So what is it? 
Let’s find out… 

I'm talking with  Glenice Buck, landscape designer and consulting arborist. 
If you’re dubious about companion planting at the very least, plant out some flowering annuals close to your veggie garden to attract pollinating insects. 
Marigolds and alyssum attract not only pollinators but beneficial insects as well. 


Some proven successful combinations of plant species are: 

  • Marigolds (Stinking Rogers) planted out in veggie beds will repel a number of bugs with their somewhat smelly foliage and are proven to kill nematodes in the soil.
  • Chives, thyme and catnip planted with roses will deter aphids and other typical rose diseases.
  • Basil works well with tomatoes by repelling flies and mosquitoes.
  • Dill, chervil and coriander growing in between carrots will help to deter insects.
  • Alternating leeks and carrots in rows will protect each other from insect attack. 
  • Beetroot, onions, silverbeet, lettuce, cabbage and dwarf beans all work in combination with each other to create a mini ecosystem and will battle through insect attack well together.
  • Chervil and coriander are good to plant amongst carrots.
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