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Companion planting and natural pest control

This is stuff I’ve gathered from several websites….

Companion planting
Plants that like living together and offer some benefit by being planted closely with certain plants.

(beans enrich soil with nitrogen – so good with corn and most other veg – carrot, celery, corn, eggplant, peas, brassicas (broccoli etc.), and strawberry)

Carrots with tomatoes, beans, lettuce, onion, pea, radish, tomato
Legumes (beans and peas) with brassicas (cabbage and broccoli)
Basil with tomatoes
Corn with climbing beans (let them climb the corn)
Chives with carrots
Celery with Cabbage, leek, onion, spinach, tomato
Eggplant with peas
Spinach with peas and strawberries
Beets with brassicas, onion, sage, lettuce
Brassicas with sage and rosemary
Celery with cabbage, tomato, spinach and leek
Chive increases growth and flavour of tomato and carrot
Leeks with carrot, celery and onion
Peas and celery
Capsicum with tomato, parsley, carrots, basil
Chilli with tomato, eggplant, basil, oregano, parsley, rosemary
Strawberry with spinach, beans, onion
Beans with Carrot, cabbage, cauliflower, cucumber, marigold
Broccoli with Celery, chamomile, dill, rosemary
Cabbage with Beetroot, potato, oregano, sage
(Don’t plant these together as they don’t like it)

Cabbage does not like strawberry, tomato and climbing beans
Celery hates corn
Corn hates tomatoes and celery
Mint hates parsley
Strawberry hates cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower
Tomato hates cabbage

Repelling pests
Tomatoes repel cabbage moths (so plant near cabbages)
Garlic spray for repelling bugs (mince garlic, add water and spray on garden)
Mint repells many insects – so plant around the garden (in pots – it takes over garden)
Oregano near broccoli and cabbage repell cabbage moth
Rosemary cuttings – repel cabbage moth, bean beatles and carrot fly

For slugs, take a margarine container cut holes in sides for sluggies to crawl in – bury yoghurt tubs or other smaller than the marg container things, fill them with beer, and cover with the margarine tub as a “roof” to stop it filling with water. You can poke holes in one yoghurt tub and put one pot inside the other as a sieve, so you just lift the inner (holey one) out with the slugs in it to remove them without tipping out the beer.

Other Tips
Use mulch of mint leaves around brassicas
Grow shallow rooted onions among deep rooted carrots
German chamomile good for all plants and puts nutrients into soil
Compost beet leaves – good source of magnesium

Sunflowers attract aphids to them (good to lure them away from roses)

Vinegar in a spray bottle will kill weeds. Cider vinegar has a higher acidity so works best.


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