Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Companion Planting is the idea that certain plants benefit from being next to some other plant. I usually google to find information about what plants make good companions.
Perhaps the most famous companion planting combination is "Three Sisters"—corn, beans, and squash. This year, my modified three sisters planting has fava beans, corn, chayote, zucchini, and a gaggle of volunteer tomatoes. At this point, they are all getting along quite well!
I have other pairings based on the principles of companion planting:
Strawberries and Chives
Chiles and Petunias
Raspberries and Borage
I'm not sure if it is really "working," but I rest easier knowing that all my plants have one or two (or more!) suitable companions. Polyamory in the garden.