The Essential Guide to Companion Gardening

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It's best to put some flower and vegetable plants together. Learn everything you need to know about gardening with other plants.  

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A lot of us work hard to get our gardens to look nice and stay healthy. But did you know that some plants can do a lot of the work for you?  

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Companion gardening has been around for centuries. Simply said, companion plants help other plants.  

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Some horticulturalists disagree, yet many gardeners have employed these backyard home cures for years to repel pests, add nutrients to the soil, boost vegetable growth, and avoid plant disease. Is it worth trying? You decide.  

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Planting in pairs isn't new. Growing beans, corn, and squash together was the “three sisters” strategy for Native Americans.  

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The corn supported the beans, the squash shaded the soil and controlled weeds, and the beans restored nitrogen at the end of the season. A mutually beneficial partnership!  

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Not all companion plant combinations are obvious. Who would imagine strawberries and onions or roses and garlic would get along? Both combinations are effective.  

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Anti-insect plants are a simple approach to limit insecticide consumption and harm. Basil, catnip, garlic, marigold, and petunia repel harmful insects without affecting beneficial ones.   

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