Companion Planting at Eat & Live Green
Spend some time learning the importance of companion planting at Eat & Live Green!
Many who are new to gardening do not realize just how much work there really is. Aside from planning what it is you want to plant, you have to prepare your area and get things ready for growing. This is what my family and I have been doing over here at Eat & Live Green.
We want to keep our Square Foot Gardens as organic as possible. To do this, we’ll be composting yard and kitchen waste, planting plants specifically for enriching our compost, and companion planting.
We want to ensure that we naturally protect and benefit our garden in every organic way possible. Companion planting is just that! By planting certain plants in close proximity to others, certain insects can be either deterred or attracted to your garden. Certain plants are also beneficial when grown to enhance your soil. Golden Harvest Organics.com has the most comprehensive list of companion plants that I have been able to find on the internet so far. I was able to find herbs, fruits, vegetables, and flowers as companions to plants that I never thought about growing before.
Examples of Companion Plants
Lettuce: beets, broccoli, carrots, cucumbers, dill, pole beans, onion, radish, strawberries, sunflowers
Corn: beans, cucumber, melons, peanuts, pumpkin, squash, sunflowers
The reasons for companion planting are very simple: to keep the bad bugs out, bring the good bugs in, and enhance the flavor and smell of what you’re planting. It really is possible to grow a garden without having to use pesticides, fungicides, or chemical plant fertilizers or stimulants. Certain plants, such as comfrey, are beneficial to the soil, as it is nutrient-rich and perfect for composting. Knowing what plants to plant together, which plants to keep apart, and which ones are good for the soil, means a bountiful, flavorful harvest.
Eat & Live Green has just finished laying out the plans for its first Square Foot Garden. We took companion planting into full consideration when choosing what to buy. Filled with herbs & vegetables we cook with the most, our first SFG will consist of: basil, pole beans, summer cabbage, carrots, cilantro, garlic, head lettuce, leaf lettuce, onion, green onions, hot peppers, spinach, and tomatoes. As you can see, we’ve made sure to place the plants in our plan according to companion planting. When you’re ready to plant, make sure you take your time to plan your planting wisely.
— Golden Harvest Organics – Companion Planting