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Companion Planting

Written by: Dottie Baltz

Many plants can benefit from being planted together. This practice is called Companion Planting and has probably been around for hundreds if not thousands of years. This practice is probably most evident in Cottage Gardens where many different types of perennials, herbs and vegetables are planted in close proximity to one another in the hopes that the plant combinations might ward off pests and disease problems as well as improve vigor in the growth of some plants.

Why Companion Planting Can Be Beneficial To Your Garden

Just as some plants may benefit one another when planted together, some plants should not be planted together as they may inhibit their growth or flavor as in the case of herbs, vegetables or fruits. One common example of this is that many plants do not grow well near black walnut trees as the roots of this tree release a substance called juglone that is toxic to many plants.

Following is a list of plants that may benefit being planted together as well as a few plants that should be avoided. This is by no means a complete list, but certainly will provide you with a good start.

Peppermint and other herbs can be great companions in the garden.

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