Now that we have so many diseases and pests in the garden we have to have a planned rotation to prevent damage to the crops and the garden that is the result of a carryover from the previous season.
Some diseases and some “visitors” may remain in the garden over the winter and be prepared when spring returns BUT if the new plants are different and from different species and families the bugs and “bugs” may not be able to bother us.
I keep a schematic from yer to year to facilitate movement planning but this post will address what plants to have close to one another ( to maximize space and create symbiotic environment in the garden) because the work well together. .
Many plants thrive when close to each other and other combinations should not be created.
My favorite combos include:
1. I love cabbage (and broccoli,cauliflower,brussels sprouts,kale) so ONIONS, BEETS ,CUCUMBER, and some herbs fill the partner role.
2. I also love squash so partners include: NASTURTIUM,ONIONS,OREGANO. If planting on hills or mounds- melons are a great teammate.
3. and of course for Tomatoes: I am partial to ONIONS/GARLIC, BASIL AND OREGANO . Especially when harvested they can be used for many dishes. Other useful partners include borage, peppers, parsley and bee balm.
These plants are good companions because they share soil nutrients, repel invaders from one another, and in many cases they fill all available surface preventing weeds.
I rarely plant something by itself( other than roses- which are quite selfish in the soil).. I like the idea of biointensive planting and harvesting as much as possible from each available foot in the garden. Many of these plants also host useful/helpful insects.
What do you like to grow? Why?
What partners does your favorite have?
Recently found a chart with a nice summary- not much explanation but a good listing.