Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Companion Planting~with Herbs
Companion planting is an age old and tested tradition for better insect control in the garden, both herbal and vegetable.
The many beneficial results range from more vigorous growth, a higher yield, repelling pest, to attracting predators to common pest.
Herbs work especially well as companion plants.
Following is a list of plants and the benefits they offer to the garden as an inset patroler.
GARLIC-deters Japanese beetles--but don't plant it near the pea and bean family, it will inhibit their growth.
GARLIC-planted near roses will give you more depth in color to the rose.
POT MARIGOLD-asparagus beetles.
ROSEMARY-bean beetles and carrot fly.
( contains Nepetalactore-an insect repellent. Steep in water and use as a spray for plants.)
It's always a good idea and can be a space saver to scatter herb plants throughout the vegetable garden, just be sure to get the right plant for the right companion job...kinda like picking a husband.*smile*
A suggested book for good information on this topic.
Great Garden Companions
( A Companion Planting System for a Beautiful, Chemical Free Vegetable Garden.)
by Sally Jean Cunningham-Rodale Organic Living Books.)
One of the best I have read in awhile.
Hope you are having thoughts of spring and another year in the gardens.