From potted herbs to lush garden beds, growing your own veggies at home is a super fun and rewarding way to boost your sustainable lifestyle!
But, before you run out to grab your favourite seeds and seedlings, we’ve put together a quick-tip guide to ‘Companion Planting’, to help you get the most out of your at-home-harvest!
Companion Planting, or partnering specific plants together, can have HUGE benefits for the growth and efficiency of your garden! With Companion Planting, your growing veggies will work together to increase nutrients in the soil, repel pests, and even attract pollinators like bees and butterflies!
Try these 3 pairs of Companion Plants in your garden!
Tomatoes + Basil
Delicious on a pizza and perfect garden bed companions! Basil’s strong scent repels flies, mosquitos, and insects that love to snack on your growing tomatoes. Some people even claim that growing basil near tomatoes gives them a rich delicious flavour!
Avoid planting your tomatoes next to beets, rosemary, and corn! Because these herbs and veggies are threatened by the same pests and diseases, planting them close together can quickly lead to an outbreak.
Green Beans + Corn
The perfect match! Corn provides the perfect natural trellis for growing bean stocks to climb, and as a thank you, beans put nitrogen back into the soil — helping the corn grow strong and tall.
Keep your bean stocks away from onions garlic, leeks, and all other members of the Onion Family to avoid stunting the growth and taste of your beans.
Lettuce + Marigolds
To keep your lettuce happy, healthy, and full of flavour, plant them among Marigolds. Not only will Marigolds bring beautiful bright colour to your veggie patch, but they also put nitrogen back in the soil, deter pests, and attract pollinators like ladybugs, bees, and butterflies to your garden — we couldn’t dream of a better companion plant!
To avoid overcrowding your leafy greens, plant them away from bushy herbs like Parsely and basil.
We can’t wait to see what delicious veggie you plant in your at-home gardens! Tag @plantd.co to share your sustainable harvest photos with us!