Companion Planting

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

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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
Comment by Kali on October 10, 2009 at 11:50am
to Matt
try the south coast environment society
they have cow parsley and a few other orchard companion plants
Comment by Silja Baer on October 10, 2009 at 7:46am
For anyone who is looking for borage: I have too many borage seedlings and am happy to give some away. I have some seedlings which are blue flowering and a few white flowering plants. Borage is not only good for strawberries and tomatoes but also a good plant to attract and deter whatever insects/ bugs you want/ not want. Also you can eat more than only the flowers. The leaves once cut up are yummy in a mixed salad and have a slight cucumber taste. Don't worry about the feel of the leaves when you take them of the plant. Once they are cut, they are fine.
Comment by Matt Gillard on September 30, 2009 at 9:33pm
Hi everyone, I'm new to this group and to Ooooby; I have a small (getting bigger) mixed orchard and am after a couple of companion plants in particular. I am trying to locate Cow Parsley (Anthriscus Sylvestris) and Russian Comfrey ("Bocking 14" Symphytum Uplandicum). Anyone have any idea where I might source either of these ??

Comment by Janet Byers on September 28, 2009 at 9:24pm
Will take some pics soon Tiffany :-)

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