Interesting binnylou. I lucked out according to that chart except I just planted two tomato plants next to my potatoes. Potatoes should be getting pulled in about a month so hopefully the tomatoes won't be adversely affected.
binnylou, thanks for that link. I've been playing around designing beds (a nice relaxing fantasy) but forgot about factoring in complimentary issues. Now I have an excuse to wile away some time this cold morning and play around redesigning beds I'll probably never actually get done!
Love that chart, though most of the time I don't companion plant. Things get placed wherever the mood strikes me at the moment. I do plan to put a few onions here and there in addition to the onion bed. Maybe they will deter slugs and earwigs? Especially from the lettuce.
Post by desertwoman on Apr 21, 2019 8:15:44 GMT -5
I follow companion planting to a certain degree. But because my garden is small (about 220sf) there is only so much I can do.
I seem to remember the suggestion to keep incompatibles at least 4ft away from each other and that is difficult for me to do in my 2 beds. But I try.
This year I have beets planted between lettuce rows (good) but coming perpendicular to where I plan to put pole beans (bad) Some will come right up to the beans, some will be 3 feet away. I'll get to see if there are any affects!
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I have the impression that comfrey is a universal companion plant -- a doctor plant. The health of other plants seems to improve when comfrey is grown near them. I planted some around a diseased magnolia, and the magnolia seems to be recovering. Squash planted about two feet away from comfrey seems to grow better.
All our problems would be solved if only we would change our ways.
Post by heirloomfan on Apr 24, 2019 10:21:11 GMT -5
I have the book Carrots Love Tomatoes and it's very interesting. I tested out a few of what the author suggested to repel some pests and it seemed to work. If Cornell U has sited some of her information then it's likely that they did the scientific testing of each and found that it was correct.