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Companion Planting

Exploring which plants are beneficial to each other when planted together and which plants are best kept apart.

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Companion Planting in practice 4 Replies

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Tomatoes and friends 17 Replies

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Companion plant to crop ratios / equations? Do they exist? 2 Replies

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Comment by thegardener007 on November 5, 2009 at 11:00am
The first thing I'd be putting around any fruit tree is different clovers and legume shrubs for slash plants. Then some sort of pyrethrum daisies to sort out fruit fly etc.
Comment by Vivien Field on November 5, 2009 at 9:03am
Anyone know a good companion for below peach or apricot trees? My companion planting guide suggested tansy which I have planted but haven't noticed anything special about it being there. I read somewhere that lavender could help them anyone else found that helps? I have chives under the apple tree as well but aren't sure what else I could plant to help them. Oh, and anything you can companion plant with grapes or citrus??
Comment by Vivien Field on November 5, 2009 at 9:02am
Matt I found Russian Comfrey seeds in the specialist section at the Mitre 10 Mega here in Hornby Christchurch. I cannot remember who was the supplier. I can dig around my seed packets and see if I still have the seeds if you would be interested in my passing them on. My standard comfrey is growing great guns and is excellent for making up that rich potassium tea for the tomatoes!
Comment by Denise Bester on October 23, 2009 at 10:42am
there's a new website called MyGarden which also has a really useful companion planting table http://www.mygarden.co.nz/article/2002/0/companion-planting.aspx :)
Comment by Isabell Strange on October 17, 2009 at 8:40pm
Hi Justine, plant watermelon on north facing side of corn, companion guides do recommend planting corn with the pumpkin/melon family.
Comment by Justine on October 14, 2009 at 1:17pm
Comments much appreciated Linnea. I have planted a mandala garden which is in full sun, and is divided into quarters, so excuse my ignorance, but where do I place the watermelons then....on the outside?
Comment by Linnéa Lindstroem on October 14, 2009 at 10:04am
Adding: the sweetcorn still need to be close enough together to be able to pollinate each other. I'd suggest 4 rows of sweetcorn, in a quincus pattern (like five on the die) with the watermelons on the sunny side of the rows.
Comment by Linnéa Lindstroem on October 14, 2009 at 10:02am
@ Justine: Yes, definitely possible, but you need to have REALLY fertile soil and plant the swetcorn quite far apart to allow the sun to get to the melons. A thick layer of mulch too, as both plants are thirsty and the watermelons really shouldn't touch the soil at any point.

I'd probably rather plant the watermelons in front (sunside) of a row of beans, so that you don't risk shading them out, and the beans will hopefully bring some nitrogene (or at least not compete for it).

This said, I have seen rockmelons with sweetcorn several times, never watermelon.
Good luck!
Comment by Justine on October 14, 2009 at 8:49am
Hi, could anyone tell me if it is possible to grow watermelon with sweetcorn...
Comment by Matt Gillard on October 10, 2009 at 11:10pm
Hi Kali, I had a look on their site and they do have it. $5 membership fee and 50 cents per seed packet. Thanks for that. Matt
 

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