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.
To get motivated and organised in the vegetable patch it helps to have gardening charts. Start your new year off with good intentions and hopefully you will be blessed with an abundance of yummy fresh organic produce.
The Diggers Club Sow What When poster – This full colour poster displays over 60 commonly grown vegetables and herbs, including instructions for whether to sow into trays or direct in the ground, which months to sow, spacing between plants and in the row, growing days to harvest. Cool, warm and hot climate zones are covered with additional heat and cold zone maps helping you determine your exact growing area. In addition perhaps the most useful and unique cross reference information relates to the distinction of soil temperature. 59cm x 43cm. $15 for the public, $12 for members from The Diggers Club. Also available as $20 rolled or $9.50 folded from Green Harvest.
Sow When poster – This chart will help you with sowing times, sowing method and seed depth for flowers, vegetables and herbs for cold, temperate, subtropical and tropical categories. 450 x 610 mm; $15 rolled in poster tube from Green Harvest.
Companion Planting poster – Cross reference chart to 75 of the most common herbs, vegetables and flowers, showing beneficial and antagonistic companions and also a list of insect-repellent herbs. 450 x 610 mm; $15 rolled in poster tube from Green Harvest. Also available from The Diggers Club.
Companion Planting chart (IDEP) is based on permaculture principles and produced by IDEP Foundation, a non-profit non-government organisation in Indonesia. It includes some natural insect repellant tips. Free A3 poster on companion planting [PDF 350KB]
Stephanie Alexander’s Kitchen Garden Companion Planting Chart – provides month-by-month suggestions for growing an extensive range of seasonal vegetables across hot, temperate and cooler climates. This A1 poster is beautifully illustrated in the style of the Kitchen Garden Companion book. $20
Moon Planting Cycle Calender – A perpetual guide to vegetable gardening by the Moon cycles. At the start of each month, align the new moon symbol on the moving disc with the date of the new moon for that month (just find this date in the newspaper or a website or diary). Then simply check the recommended activities for each day of the month – soil preparation times, ideal sowing or transplanting times, and fertilising times. Also includes companion planting tips. A4-size laminated cardboard. $12.50 direct from Moon Calendar. Also available from The Diggers Club.
Have I missed any garden charts for Australia?