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Old 05-23-2013, 03:46 PM   #1
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Companion Planting
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Companion Planting
Plants, like people, influence one another. Some get along better together than others. Black walnut and butternut have an antagonistic relationship with tomatoes, for example. The toxin juglans exuded from the trees’ roots is quite toxic to several plants, including those of the nightshade family such as tomato, pepper, and eggplant. Plant neighbor relationships might take several forms. First, they may improve the health or flavor of a companion. Second, they may interfere with the growth of a neighbor. Third, they may repel or trap an undesirable critter.

Companion plant may also attract a beneficial insect. Although there are several references about beneficial relationships between plants, the science of companion planting is often anecdotal. There appears to be no research proven reproducible companion planting recommendations. There are numerous suggestions rooted in organic agriculture. The suggestions below are a starting point for individual trials. Localized growing environment influence success or failure. Certainly, a mixed plant community rather than a monoculture is a model for companion planting. The array of colors, aromas and ripening times often confuse plant pests in these situations. The following are a few plants that seem to help one another. The garden should test and trial. Continue doing what works and abandon what does not...
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