Companion Planting

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Companion Planting

by Celia White 

  As a life-long gardener and life-long learner, I try to learn something new about gardening every year.  This year: companion planting!  Companion planting is when you plant varieties near to each other that provide some sort of mutual benefit.  I’ve taken most of my inspiration from the amazing resource, Carrots Love Tomatoes, by Louise Riotte.  

 Step 1: pick your favourite plant! I started with tomatoes. 
 Step 2: Research! You can do an online search, ask a mentor or  flip through a book to find great companion plants. I learned that  tomatoes don’t like any brassicas (cabbage varieties, such  as  broccoli or  kale), and they protect asparagus against the asparagus  beetle.  Garlic also  protects  tomatoes from red spider mites.  And, as the book title suggests, carrots love tomatoes.  
 Step 3: experiment in your garden!  I’m a bit of a zealous  person, so I planted garlic, tomatoes, carrots and asparagus in the  same bed, (and I made sure to keep my brassicas in separate  beds).  I cross-referenced each plant to make sure that they all got along comfortably, and I now  have a lovely garden growing outside!  The asparagus may be a little yellow and weary, but the  carrots and tomatoes sure look happy.

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