The Gardening Diaries - Companion Planting

As a keen gardener, I love finding new ways of growing fruit and veg to get my green-fingers going. Companion planting has always been something that has interested me. Many benefits come with companion planting, 

Companion planting is the notion of planting of two or more crop species together so that you may get excellent cultural benefits such as higher yields and pest control. For instance, tomatoes taste better when planted together with basil. Similarly, harvesting them is made more comfortable because they are next to each other.

Basically, it's about the two plants helping each other to grow. And in the long run the process also helps in keeping insects away as well as maintaining healthy soil. Eventually, you’ll even notice that the foods even taste better.

Different foods grow and work in different ways to help each other.  If you want to increase the resistance to diseases, you should plant your horseradish next to all your potatoes. And it’s good to plant some healthy nasturtium next to your squash as it helps in keeping away those lousy squash vine borers.

And then it can also alter the taste. Planting sweet marjoram in your gardens and beds will make your herbs and vegetables sweeter!

Companion planting can help with pest control, saving space in the garden and enhanced productivity. Whereas, there are some plants that you should not put together. For instance runner or pole beans would not thrive great at the side of beetroot, and even though they're similar, carrots and parsnips shouldn't be together. 

If you would like to find out more and read the full guide, check out The Complete Guide into the World of Companion Planting to help your way to growing the best foods and veggies you can get. 


  1. What a treat -im always forgetting when to plant/ sow my seeds

  2. Om ready to start my seeds - hopefully ill have more sucess with the beetroot this year

  3. Great tips. I don't like to use pesticides and I'm always looking for the "natural way".