It takes more than good soil, sun and nutrients to ensure success in your garden. Plants have to grow well with one another.

Join the Green People on Riverport Road this Saturday at 10AM as we explore the fascinating world of companion planting to see how we can put it to work in our gardens!

Many plants have natural substances in their roots, flowers, and leaves, etc. that can alternately repel and/or attract insects depending on your needs. In some situations they can also help enhance the growth rate and flavor of other varieties. Experience shows us that using companion planting throughout our landscapes is an important part of integrated pest management. In essence companion planting helps bring a balanced ecosystem to your landscape, allowing nature to do its job.

Companian Plants April 2015How does companion planting work?

Companions help each other grow. Tall plants, for example, provide shade for sun-sensitive shorter plants.
Companions use garden space efficiently. Vining plants cover the ground, upright plants grow up. Two plants in one patch.
Companions prevent pest problems. Plants like onions repel some pests. Other plants can lure pests away from more desirable plants.
Companions attract beneficial insects. Every successful garden needs plants that attract the predators of pests.