Companion Planting for Organic Gardens

By jess

This is a guest post by Liz Nelson from WhiteFence.com. She is a freelance writer and blogger from Houston. Questions and comments can be sent to: liznelson17@gmail.com.

When you start an organic garden you may think that you have no choice but to live with pests and small harvests. However that is simply not true. There are many companion plants that offer benefits such as warding off bugs and increasing the vitality of your soil. Here are some companion plants to consider:

1. Marigolds – These flowers are wonderful to plant throughout your garden as they help to ward off all kinds of pests. Insects can’t stand these flowers and they can repel them from nearby plants as well. You can also use the leaves to make an all-natural pesticide spray for other areas of your garden and home.

2. Sweet Alyssum – This tiny white flower has a sweet smell that not only adds to your garden’s fragrance but also draws in natural predators for the bugs that like to chew on your plant’s leaves. Additionally Alyssum is edible and has a horseradish type flavor. It is part of the mustard family.

3. Garlic – Garlic is a well-known pest repellent and is tasty in many dishes. One bulb can have over a dozen cloves, and each clove can grow a beautiful garlic plant.

4. Rosemary – Not only is this a great herb to cook with but it also wards of cabbage moth, carrot flies and bean beetle, making it a great companion for those three plants in your garden.

5. Yarrow – This tall flower attracts natural predators like ladybugs and also kills off nematodes in your soil. Additionally if it is planted near herbs it increases their potency and helps almost all plants to form stronger root systems.

6. Corn and beans – If you are growing corn why not make the most of the natural height and plant beans alongside? The beans can grow up the corn stalks, making the most of your garden space. Additionally beans help to ward off common corn predators and help to keep the corn healthy and strong.

These are just a few of the companion plants that can help your organic garden to stay pest free and healthy. Do some research before you plant and make the most of your garden space.