Culture Magazine

What You Need to Know About Companion Planting

By Simon Crowther @prestigeflower

What you need to know about companion planting

For a number of reasons, more and more people are choosing organic products over the rest. Whether due to financial, health or other reasons, more people are choosing to grow their own fruit and vegetables. Many of which are quite easy to grow provided you don't have to deal with any pests. Pesticides might sound like the easiest option but they can have terrible effects on our health over time. Fortunately, nature has the answer in the form of companion planting. This easy and effective technique is not only great for your health and your garden but your budget too!

Companion planting is a simple concept that involves the planting of specific plants and flowers next to various crops in order to naturally repell bugs and pests. In addition, your garden will also look and smell better thanks to these helpful companions! Apart from planting, watering and possibly fertilizing your soil, your companion plants will not generally require any special care. So, while you are tending to your veggie garden, you can tend to your other plants at the same time. Using a pesticide means that you need to mix the right amount, apply the pesticide, and take the necessary precautions not to inhale it. Some pesticides should not even come into contact with your skin which means that you need to wear the appropriate clothing and gloves.

Trap crops, like geraniums and petunias, are known for attracting bugs away from the other flowers or crops you are trying to grow. Geraniums are great for attracting leafhoppers, and Japanese beetles away from your grapes, roses, tomatoes, and peppers. Petunias attract these bugs as well as aphids and the asparagus beetle away from squash plants, asparagus, and cucumbers.

Nasturtium can be planted among your crops such as beans, tomatoes, and melons. These flowers will keep aphids, white flies, squash flies, and other bugs from devouring your crops. In addition, they help your garden flourish by attracting beneficial bugs to this area.

While companion planting is usually done on a smaller scale, it can be used by commercial growers. Beans can be planted between various crops in order to help keep the soil rich. This is because beans contain a kind of nitrogen-fixing bacteria that proves beneficial for many crops. Tomatoes, however, should not be grown in such an environment since they require different conditions in order to really flourish. Make sure that you research the needs of each crop before choosing the right companions. You also need to take note that some companion plants can prove toxic if consumed so make sure that your pets or children do not have access to them.


You Might Also Like :

Back to Featured Articles on Logo Paperblog

These articles might interest you :

  • Shilo Sanders- Son Of Deion Sanders Thanks Courts For Allowing Him To Live With...

    Shilo Sanders- Deion Sanders Thanks Courts Allowing Live With Pilar

    ChristianNews Shilo Sanders, the son of NFL Hall of Famer,  Deion Sanders took to twitter to “thank” the courts for allowing him to live with his mother, Pilar... Read more

    The 04 August 2017 by   Firstladyb
    SPIRITUALITY
  • “I Feel Great”

    Feel Great”

    Jakub went to his doctor's office believing that he had a back injury, but returned with a chocking diagnosis instead. He had type 2 diabetes - in spite of... Read more

    The 04 August 2017 by   Dietdoctor
    DIET & WEIGHT
  • July Allotment Recap (2/2)

    July Allotment Recap (2/2)

    Sunday afternoon saw us return bravely to 24a even though there were more thundery showers foretold by the weatherman. I will admit that I guffawed at the... Read more

    The 04 August 2017 by   Chrryblossomtat2
    GARDENING, HOME
  • Culinary Delicacies in Croatia- What to Eat and Drink in Croatia

    Culinary Delicacies Croatia- What Drink Croatia

    In my earlier post, we spoke about how Croatia is a stunning European destination, let us now see what are the culinary delicacies in Croatia or what you can... Read more

    The 04 August 2017 by   Kash Pals
    FOOD & DRINK, A-CLASSER
  • #Golf Training Aids Spotlight: The Delta Putt

    #Golf Training Aids Spotlight: Delta Putt

    Do you consider yourself to be a strong putter or do you feel you could improve your make percentage on the green? Most amateurs could use help with the flat... Read more

    The 04 August 2017 by   Golfforbeginners
    GOLF, SPORTS
  • Three Incredible Hikes in Southern Iceland3 Min Read

    Three Incredible Hikes Southern Iceland3 Read

    Nature takes center stage in Iceland, where there's a stunning view around every bend: massive glaciers, expansive lava fields, powerful waterfalls, black sand... Read more

    The 04 August 2017 by   Healthytravelblog
    TRAVEL
  • What I Wore: Daytime Pajamas

    What Wore: Daytime Pajamas

    Pajama top: ELOQUII (14) | Pajama pants: ELOQUII (14) | Shoes: ASOS (similar) | Earrings: J. Crew ( same in different colors, similar concept in same color) |... Read more

    The 04 August 2017 by   Wardrobeoxygen
    FASHION, SELF EXPRESSION, SHOPPING

Magazines