5 Companion Plants and How They Help!
- One of the most secretive plants that can be use in the vegetable garden that often isn't is ...cosmos! Cosmos is more than just a pretty flower that is easy to grow. It's a beneficial bug magnet. Cosmos can attract hoverflies, parasitic wasps, and many others. Some studies have shown that the sound of bees deters various caterpillars who are afraid of the wasps, and cosmos does attract bees!
- Basil is not only and awesome herb but repels hornworms and flies. I plant my basil with the tomatoes and peppers. Peppers tend to be fairly pest free but tomatoes can have all kinds of insect invaders. One of the most notable is the hornworm. It chows down on any foliage it can get a hold of but prefers tomatoes over nearly anything in my garden. Since I integrated basil with the tomatoes I haven't seen a single one.
- One of those most annoying bugs to bother my garden is the squash bug. Guess what? There's a plant for that! Nasturtiums planted around your squash plants deter squash bugs and cucumber beetles. They can also be used as a trap plant for aphids which are drawn to them.
- vine borer. Vine borers lay there eggs at the base of the squash, hatch, then burrow into the stem. They cut off the supply of water and nutrients to the rest of the plant which dooms the plant to the compost bin. Although I haven't tried inter-planting radishes with my squash plants before it is on my agenda for this season. We love our summer squash here and despise those borers!
For some awesome companion planting advice I highly recommend Carrots Love Tomatoes. It's a great resource on companion planting and contains some really good planting advice for many varieties of plants!
What companion plants do you use in the garden?