Companion Gardening 101: Plant Pairings to Help your Garden Thrive!

What is Companion Gardening?

Companion Gardening is the act of planting strategically so that veggies, herbs, and even flowers can help each other grow healthier! 

Why practice Companion Gardening? 

Fostering mutually-beneficial relationships between plants can help with pest prevention, soil fertility, natural trellising, shade regulation, weed control, and some might say even better-tasting produce! 

Here are some great examples of plant pairings for you to try!

  1. Cucumbers and Peas: As the pea plant increases the amount of nitrogen in the soil, their shared soil helps the cucumbers to grow better!
  2. Tomatoes and Basil: This is a lovely pairing because these plants share nutrients from their soil which also enhances their flavour and the basil’s smell deters insects from eating the delicious tomatoes nearby! (They also taste great and make a great caprese salad, check out this recipe!)
  3. Lettuce and Chives: The chives act as an insect repellent to the bugs that are attracted to the lettuce, letting them grow healthy in peace! Lettuce and chives are a great option to grow together in your SucSeed Hydroponic Garden!
  4. Beets and Garlic: These work great together because the garlic not only repels insects and other pests from eating the beets, the garlic also helps prevent fungal disease in the beets and they also help improve the beet’s taste!
  5. Corn, Beans, and Squash: This is actually a special pairing with a name of its own “The Three Sisters Method.” What occurs is the corn grows better because of the nitrogen in the soil from the bean plant, the bean plant climbs the tall corn stalks to grow better, while the squash’s big leaves control weed growth!