companion planting

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companion planting

n.
The cultivation of different species of plants together in the same area for the purpose of benefiting one or more of them, as planting an insect-repelling plant in a vegetable garden.

companion planting

A method of discouraging pest attack by positioning plants that are thought to deter pests alongside susceptible crops.
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Herbs make great companion plants in a vegetable garden and can be used in the kitchen.
French marigolds (Tagetes patula) and the poached egg plant (Limnanthes douglasii) also attract hoverflies and make great companion plants for your endangered specimens.
No more chemicals Companion plants used to their full effect are a fantastic aid to anyone who wants to garden organically.
If you think about the companion plants Ive touted, from hostas and ferns, to SunPatiens and elephant ears, you realize the importance of soil preparation.
To distract from roses' bare "legs," choose companion plants too; they should be sturdy enough to withstand raking or an occasional gardener's foot.
Advice on whether to plant the seeds indoors or outdoors is also included, along with the recommended USDA hardiness zone, days to maturity, life cycle, companion plants and incompatible plants.
I'm going to plant carrots next to these as they are said to be good companion plants, the smell of carrots deterring onion flies and the smell of onions putting off the carrot root fly.
Companion plants for fruits WE KNOW less about companion plants for fruit trees and bushes than for vegetables, but it has been shown that orchards with clover, alfalfa and other leguminous plants growing in the grass do better than those without.
As I went out to collect calendula seed in a vegetable bed, where they're used as companion plants, there were several patches of bitter cress and an odd willow herb or two, all thick with seed.
Chance, a professional gardener and member of the Cactus and Succulent Society of America and Colorado Cactus and Succulent Society, provides descriptions of many species of cacti, succulents, and companion plants that can thrive in colder, wetter climates if one follows his cultural tips for enhancing the hardiness of drought-tolerant plants.
Chapters pair color photos (both close-ups and non-close-up views) with plant descriptions, notes on field production and propagation, companion plants, and harvest and yield.
Companion plants can be a real help to growing healthy tomato plants for a number of reasons and is one of the strategies used by those who grow organically and wish to avoid the use of any chemicals.
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