Companion Planting: A Visual Guide to Help You Plan Your Organic Garden!
Not all flowers and vegetables will play nicely with one another! Whether or not you are new to the concept of companion planting, you are bound to question where a certain flower or vegetable should be placed in your organic garden.
Organic Gardening is a complex and sensitive balance of patience, nature (pollinators, CO2, H2O, sunlight), science (Nitrogen-Potassium-Phosphorus or N-P-K ratios), and planting strategies (companion, bio-diverse, and interplanting).
Companion Planting is not a new scientific discovery. Native Americans have been companion planting long before new Settlers arrived. “Three Sisters” is a strategic planting of corn, squash, and pole beans all in the same field. Pole beans are climbers and are rich in nitrogen. Corn stalks grow tall and require lots of nitrogen. Pumpkins grow horizontally along the ground, acting as a protective barrier. They also block out weeds, while keeping in moisture.
Interplanting is a method of planting a variety of herbs, flowers, plants, and vegetables in one plot or field. This allows the diverse plants to protect each other while confusing pests that potentially would only attack specific plants. This fundamental practice was used throughout Ancient Asia and Ancient Rome. The Romans discovered that their fruit and nut orchards grew with less disease and pests if the trees were planted alongside grains.
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This full-color chart is available as a direct-download, high-resolution PNG file on my Etsy Shop (KawaiilLulu). Print it at home or the office and post it on your refrigerator as I have. ENJOY and Happy Gardening! 🙂