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 Lynn on December 3, 2009 at 9:44am
Yes Fionna, comfrey leaves can simply be laid on the soil around you veges as a mulch and it will feed the soil with it's wonderful nutrients
Comment by Fionna Hill on December 3, 2009 at 6:50am
Comfrey. Is it beneficial to strew cut comfrey leaves on the surface of the ground around veges?
Comment by Yvonne Nikolaison on December 1, 2009 at 1:39pm
I planted comfrey last year for the first time. Nearly lost it when it went to ground over the winter. What really surprises me is the size of the leaves they are huge. I have about 7 leaves sitting in a barrel of water, hopefully it wll turn out to be good fertilizer. A tip I have read is when planting out potato seeds wrap a wilted comfrey leaf around the potato before planting it. I haven't tried it as I had already planted out my potatoes.
Comment by thegardener007 on December 1, 2009 at 12:54pm
My comfrey is not liking summer. But it's alive.
Comment by Matt Gillard on November 29, 2009 at 8:50pm
Hi Vivien, thanks for the info. I have sourced what we think is Russian Comfrey (purple flowers) from someone on Ooooby. But I will check the M10M here in Auckland. My Common Comfrey is taking off too. Cheers, Matt
Comment by Oakdale Organics on November 28, 2009 at 11:41am
Here is a good guide for companion planting.
Comment by thegardener007 on November 10, 2009 at 1:41pm
Nasturtium is great and a good compost additive too.
Comment by Janet Byers on November 8, 2009 at 1:42pm
I also read this year about hyssop helping grapes. I can only pass this on as information, but I have sown hyssop seeds which are nearly ready to plant out around the grapes, so will see how it goes.
Comment by Janet Byers on November 8, 2009 at 1:26pm
Forgot to include phacelia which is not only helpful but has beautiful purple flowers.
Comment by Janet Byers on November 8, 2009 at 1:17pm
Hi Vivien I plant nasturtiums, garlic, chives, foxgloves, and 'insect plants' like alyssum, buckwheat, coriander, Californian poppies (things which beneficial insects come to) around my fruit trees, and if they don't do specific good, they still keep the ground covered and the grass away. I have also heard of Southernwood being good around all fruit trees, but it is an artemisia and I keep them more to the edges of gardens, hoping the rabbits and rodents won't like their smell and will stay away. You might not have that problem :-)

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