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EverGreenCoin Gardens Companion Planting

 

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Companion Planting

 

 

Companion Planting

Companion planting is the close planting of different plants that enhance each others growth or protect each other from pests.

Scientifically speaking, companion planting embraces a number of strategies that increase the biodiversity of agricultural ecosystems (or what I typically call a garden). In layman’s terms, though, it is just about two plants helping each other out somehow.

While companion planting has a long history, the mechanisms of beneficial plant interaction have not always been well understood. In most cases they are formed out of oral tradition, family secrets, and front porch recommendations. Despite historical observation and horticultural science, companion planting is practiced because they are functional methods of planting that allow veggies and herbs to grow at their maximum potential. They keep bugs away. They keep the soil healthy. And they make the food taste better.

For example, Pumpkins work well as a row crop planted in close proximity to sunflowers, also a row crop.  Planting horseradish next to your potatoes will boost disease resistance.  Best tip, grow mint next to your tomatoes to enhance the flavor of your tomatoes.

 

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