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Marty Ware

Many of you would of heard of Permacuture, Yes? Well did you know that plants protect each other? They sure do, and this can really benefit you and your vegetable garden.
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Happy Gardening Marty

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Vegetable Garden Companion Planting

 

“Vegetable garden companion planting” is a great way to deter pests, increase plant-health vitality, and improve taste. In your veggie garden, what could be better? The result of companion planting: big, juicy, shiny fruit that’s totally nutritous. Yummy, yummy!

So lets get to it!

The truth is you don’t have to use chemicals to grow healthy plants. You just don’t need them. Companion planting and other natural gardening methods were used for centuries before the ‘chemical revolution.’ Companion planting is based on the repelent properties provided by the plants themselves: herbs, flowers and vegetables. These, when mixed right, promote healthy growth and control pests and diseases.

Companion planting is attained by placing beneficial deterrent plants near to others to assist with protection both above and below the ground. For example, Parsley attracts lady beetles. Lady beetles love to feast on Aphids and scale, so the nearby plants benefit from the removal of these pests. The lady beetles get a feed. You get unblemished, pest free veggies. Don’t laugh- this little insect can eat hundreds aphids in a day. Some farms actually release them as a pest control method.

Also, the secretion of aromatic oils by plants provide beneficial protection by disorientating pests. These oils upset their sensory organs. . In such a ‘non-monoculture’ planting, pests have a lot more trouble finding a vegetable to devour. They sort of become ‘babes in the wood’ who can’t find anything to eat.

“Additionally, companion planting can help improve the soil. The companions provide nitrogen to their neighbours, thus improving health and vitality all round.”

Vegetable Gardening Companion Planting & Plants which improve the soil

Alfalfa(Medicargo sativa)

Alfalfa is a wonderful plant.  It’s terrific at grabbing nitrogen from the air and adding it to the soil, thus increasing soil nutrition.   Actually all Legumes can do this.  But Alfalfa is the best, as it has very deep roots.   An Alfalfa plant’s roots can travel up to ten metres, bringing  nutrients from the deepest soils up to surface feeder roots, where these nutriments can be of benefit to the companion plants as the Alfalfa dies and decomposes.

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Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.