Companion planting - is it rubbish or is there something to it?


Here's a list of the things I've been told to plant together or seen planted together:
• French marigolds in between tomato plants
Carrots and leeks together because they have strong scents that drive away each other's pests
• Nasturtiums with cabbages because the nasturtium leaves are apparently more popular with caterpillars than cabbage leaves (I'd love this to be true!)
Garlic planted among roses to ward off aphids

You see, I'm about to order my seeds for next year, and I was wondering about all this - I can bring home some garlic to put in around my roses, and I can harvest nasturtium seeds from any of my neighbouring allotments, so should I get some French Marigold seeds and try the experiment? Or is it complete tosh?

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Posted by The Allotment Blogger on Thursday, September 25, 2008

2 Comments:

Anonymous free said...

I don't know if it's true - in fact I was hoping you could tell me! I'm going to try the nasturtium thing - hopefully it will keep the beasties away from my broccoli and cauli too. I can only hope!
If it fails, at least I have some nasturtium to add to my salads ;)

October 16, 2008 at 4:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thousands of organic gardeners can't be wrong - or they'd be out of business decades ago from being run over by all kinds of pests and illnesses.

Look at nature - she companion plants, and you see very few natural habitats devastated by pests the way an allotment can be.

Nature doesn't use spade and hoe, either, nor does she plow. But she manage to grow stuff regardless. She actually grows all the plants we grow in our alotments (the original versions of them), and more, with no problem.

Picture of pretty - and very healthy - companion planting.

- runa

June 2, 2010 at 12:36 AM  

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