A little something I have been working on, thought I would share with everyone.
Guide To Companion Planting
Alfalfa: Deep rooted it makes an excellent companion to shallow rooted plants due to less competition for soil space. Alfalfa also hinders evaporation, which can help other plants during dry spells. Alfalfa and the onion family donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t mix. Another thing to be aware of is Alfalfa encourages Dandelions, which also have deep roots they can move in after the alfalfa dies down. Alfalfa also fixates Nitrogen and accumulates iron, magnesium, phosphorous and potassium.
Apples: Apple trees do better in the absence of grass. The roots of grass have a breath that tears the tender tips of apple tree roots. Chives grown around Apple trees help inhibit Apple Scab. Foxglove grown around the trees improves the keeping quality of the apples. Potatoes do no fare well when planted around Apple Trees due to Phytophtora blight being more prevalent.
Asparagus: They do well left unattended with a mulch of straw, they also enjoy the company of Tomatoes, Basil and Parsley.
Basil: Basil is an all around friend of the garden. Tomatoes do well with basil around them making them more disease resistant and adding flavor to them. Whiteflies truly hate basil and will not come near it. Pots of Basil placed around the house and yard will also drive the House Fly away. Rue and basil both repel House FlyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s but planted next to each other will be disastrous to each other. Not too mention a sprinkling of Basil enhances many dishes including soups, salads, tomatoes etc.
Bay: Bay leaves repel weevils in stored grains and in dried legumes. A scattering of Bay leaves on the pantry shelf will keep ants away. Bay plants repel many pests and diseases and will benefit many less resistant plants by there nearness.
Beans: A member of the Legume family they fix nitrogen in the soil. Be weary of plantings in the soil recently occupied by legumes. The nitrogen fixation will encourage leafy growth but stifling fruiting. Runner beans may be planted in the same spot year after year. They also love pet hair and vacuum cleaner dirt. Dwarf beans, Beets and Potatoes dowel when planted in alternate rows. Broad beans and Potatoes will inhibit each otherÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s pests. Beans in general do well near Carrots, Cucumbers, Cabbage, Lettuce, Peas, Parsley and Cauliflower. On the other hand they do not fare well against Onions, Garlic, Fennel or Gladioli. Climbing beans and Sunflowers donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t mix well as they fight for each otherÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s light and space. Broad beans also do better if planted in alternate rows with Spinach, which shades the soil and keeps it damp.
Broccoli: Broccoli is a member of the Cabbage family (see Cabbage).
Brussels Sprouts: DonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t plant near Strawberries. Mildew and cutworms are the biggest enemy. Light sprays of methylated spirits will help against mildew. Cardboard collars will protect against the cutworm.
Cabbage: Cabbage likes being with Beans, Beets, Celery, Mint, Thyme, Sage, Dill, Onions, Potatoes and Rosemary. Cabbage does no do well around Tomatoes or Strawberries, the berries will not do well either. Always move Cabbage year after year to avoid clubroot buildup. Rue is another plant to keep away from cabbage, due to its bitter leave exhalation and the excretion given off by the roots. The Cabbage White butterfly is a major problem but can be dissuaded by planting one or more of the following: Sage, Rosemary, Dill, Southernwood, Mint and Chamomile. Tansy will repel both the butterfly and cutworm, short sticks of Rhubarb buried here and there will help protect against clubroot.
Carnations: Carnations will poison Hyacinths if planted nearby, conversely if Hyacinths are planted in soil where Carnations have grown, the Hyacinths will die.
Carrots: Carrots enjoy the company of Peas, Radishes, Lettuce, Chives, Sage, Onions and Leeks. Carrots and Onions planted in alternate rows will help each other. The Onions will drive off the Carrot Fly and the Carrots will drive off the Onion Fly a match made in soil. Carrot Fly maggots, which attack the roots, donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t like strong odors. Mothballs crumbled into the soil and pungent herbs (Sage, Rosemary and Wormwood) planted nearby will deter the maggots. When planting Plant thinly, the disturbance of thinning encourages the carrot fly.
Cauliflower: This plant grows well around Celery, which helps keep away the White Cabbage Butterfly. It does not mix with Strawberries. Cutworms can be a problem as well, use cardboard collars around the stems to deter this threat. As with most plants a sprinkling of wood ash will also help deter pest.
Celery: Celery likes Tomatoes, Dill, Leeks, and the Cabbage family. The White Cabbage Butterfly does not like celeryÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s scent.
Chamomile: The Ã¢â‚¬Å“plant doctorÃ¢â‚¬