Gardening – Companion Planting Basics

One of the easiest ways to add more color and interest to your garden is to plant some companion plants that are also good for the garden. These plants can provide some wonderful additions, such as:

  • tulips,
  • gladiolus,
  • blue vervain,
  • mints,
  • nasturtiums,
  • marigolds,
  • basil,
  • chives,
  • calendula,
  • pansies,
  • sunflowers,
  • petunias,
  • verbena,
  • blue delphiniums
  • and many more.

All these plants will add color and interesting elements to your garden, especially if you plant them together. Here, we will take a few tips and ideas about planting these plants to help you with this task.

So, where do you begin when it comes to companion planting basics, especially for the vegetable gardener? It all begins with making a stock of what you are going to be planting. Next, you have to arm yourself with some basic gardening knowledge of which plants do well with others and what other flowers and plants don’t. (the third part of this article is about the benefits of companion planting with vegetables and herbs) Then, it’s time to go look at those plants in your garden and decide which ones will make nice companions for your garden.

One of the most important things to know is that some plants provide shade, and some provide security. Knowing this will help you decide on the plants you want to plant and the kinds of flowers and plants you want to grow. You also need to be aware of the benefits each plant will bring. For instance, if you have ever grown tomatoes in a small garden in the shade, you probably remember how tasty they can be, especially if they are seeded just before the beginning of summer. However, if you have plants growing in a sunny area and providing lots of sunlight, such as basil, mint, or chives, those flowers and plants will provide you with many benefits.

Basil is a wonderful companion for herbs, but you also need to know that it doesn’t do well alone. While the basil plant will provide lots of colors in your garden, it will do very poorly if planted alone. The key to success with basil is in raising it higher than other plants in your garden. To accomplish this, plant basil next to other plants, like scented hydrangeas and stalks of oregano. You will have a good companion plant that will do well, especially if you have a hard time keeping the plant’s own small niche.

Herbs are another easy plant to grow and add color and beauty to your garden. While many gardeners think that herbs only need a lot of attention, it’s really the opposite; they thrive on being cared for. One of the best ways to care for these little plants is through the use of fertilizers. Fertilizing your vegetable plants is important to keep them healthy and disease-free. In fact, it’s one of the basics of gardening that can be considered the most important.

Some of the other good companion plantings for herbs include parsley, mint, sage, dill, marjoram, basil, chervil, anise, and garlic. Garlic is a very popular choice for people who don’t want too much garlic flavor in their food since it also repels insects and mosquitoes. Other herbs can also be used to repel mosquitoes and other pests while adding color and flavor to your meals.

Some of the best companion plantings you can do for your garden are annuals and perennials. Annual flowers, such as tulips, daffodils, blue delphiniums, lilies, and hydrangeas bloom all throughout the year. These flowers can be planted anywhere in your garden and then later picked off to be used in your dishes or in a salad. On the other hand, Perennial herbs will stay in your garden year after year and add color and variety to your food.

There are many benefits to using companion planting to improve the quality of your produce. By using other plant species to attract certain pests or to keep other animals away from your vegetable plants, you can increase the yields you get from each plant. This means more vegetables and fruits for you to enjoy. And, of course, all of the tastier foods will come from the plants you chose to grow.

Gardening – Companion Planting Basics