Do you know about companion planting? Companion planting is basically growing food side-by-side that are natural allies. It’s a perfect practice based on the years of observations by gardeners and scientists. They have confirmed that these plants provide benefits to each other while improving the growth rate.
Do you know about”Three Sisters?” “Three Sisters” is a term used for squash, corn, and beans planted together by native American farmers side-by-side to produce best results and it worked perfectly. The master gardeners at the University of California explained “Three Sisters” is the following way
The corn behaves like a trellis for beans and the beans return the nutrients to the soil. The broad leaves of the sqaush helps in reducing the weeds while improving the moisture content of the soil.”
Well, that’s great, but what about the natural enemies? Yes, there are few plants that are natural enemies. These plants shouldn’t be planted togther unless you want to reduce the harvest. Let’s take a below and know more about these plants.
Traditional wisdom says you should never plant members of the onion family—including shallots and garlic—with peas. According to the Farmer’s Almanac, companion planters believe the onions can stunt peas’ (and beans’) growth.
According to Rodale’s Successful Organic Gardening: Companion Planting, peppers and beans are both susceptible to anthracnose, so if one gets it, they’ll both wind up infected when planted side-by-side. This disease ruins fruits by causing dark, soft spots to appear.
Dill and carrots are traditionally cast as enemies, according to Good Neighbors: Companion Planting For Gardeners, though no scientific research yet supports this observation by gardeners.
Black walnut trees are notorious for being bad neighbors. According to theNational Gardening Association, the trees’ roots emit a chemical called juglone, which is toxic to many deep-rooted plants growing nearby, such as tomatoes. If your yard is loaded with the trees, you’re probably better off growing in container gardens or raised beds.
Research shows that lettuce is sensitive to chemicals found in residues left behind by broccoli plants. Sowing lettuce near broccoli—or in the spot where it used to grow—may hinder seed germination and growth, says Good Neighbors: Companion Planting For Gardeners.
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