Companion planting

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Here are some tried and tested companions that help a variety of edible plants:

  • Marigold with tomatoes, cucumbers, lettuce and most plants – repels white fly and root nematodes
  • Corn with spinach, swiss chard and leafy greens – protects and shades delicate leaves from the harsh sun
  • Borage with strawberries, cucumber and most edible plants – increases yield by adding nitrogen to the soil and attracting bees
  • Onions and garlic with fruit trees, tomatoes and eggplant – help deter aphids, slugs and other insects and weeds
  • Geranium with grapes, tomatoes and eggplant – attract insect pests so they stay away from other plants
  • Comfrey with tomatoes, berries and fruit trees – the leaves are full of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium
  • Nasturtiums with cabbage, radishes and apple trees – attract aphids so the aphids avoid other plants
  • Sage with cabbage, carrots and strawberries – repels the cabbage white butterfly.

Can you think of any others?

Edible Garden Design by Jamie Durie

Photo by Jan.

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