Companion Planting Combos
Anyone here interested in or currently using planting companions throughout their garden? If you happen to be new to this term, a companion plant is a plant that you sow in conjunction with another crop to help boost fertility, ward away pests, or attract beneficial insects. The overall aim is better health and productivity of your harvested crops. I thought I would start a thread for people to list combinations that they have found to work well together so that others can try them in their gardens if they choose :)
Here are three combos that I have found to work well in my own garden (zone 5): 1: Tomatoes, Sweet peppers, Basil, Marigolds. 2: Brussels sprouts, Onions, Chamomile, Dill, Marigolds. 3: Parsnips, Leeks, Onions, Carrots.
After being overrun with cucumber beetles last year, I am working on a good combination to help prevent this. This year, I planted my cucumbers with diakon radish, dill, and marigolds. I can say that I have rarely seen a cucumber beetle this year (yay!), but I am also not getting nearly the cucumber harvest I did last year either (even though I have planted the same number of plants, they are healthy, and there are plenty of flowers)... Wonder if I overdid it and am warding away some of my pollinators as well?! Back to the drawing board again for this one next year :)