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.