Companion Planting Made Easy

| 10/26/2017 2:33:00 PM

Tags: companion planting, vegetable garden, garden planner, benedict vanheems,
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The Garden Planner team spent months researching the best companion planting combinations for your garden. The result: A fantastic new companion planting feature that makes companion planting a cinch.

Companion Planting in the Garden Planner

To use the Garden Planner’s companion planting feature, select a crop on your plan then click on the heart-shaped Companion Planting button. The selection bar will then show only suitable companion plants. Select one and drop it into place.

To add a companion plant between two crops, hold down the Shift key on your keyboard and click on each crop. Click the Companion Planting button and the selection bar will show all possible companions for either of the selected crops. To remove the filter, just click on the heart again.

Let’s look at a few examples of companion plant pairings that are backed up by science.

Companion Planting to Control Pests

Many insects that eat pests also love flowers — for instance, poached egg plants draw in aphid-eating hoverflies so are great for growing near to lettuce, which is prone to aphid attacks. Growing borage next to tomatoes helps to attract bees and tiny pest-eating wasps, and growing crimson clover alongside broccoli encourages spiders, which control pests.

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