Garlic Companion Planting: Plant Companions For Garlic
The following are some of the reasons why you may want to plant your own garlic or other companion plants with your garden. You will learn how to make a good planter, which will allow you to grow your favorite companion plants without having to buy them from the store. Also, you will see how easy it is to plant companion plants for garlic and basil in your garden.
You love growing herbs and vegetables together!
Your garden is small enough that you do not have room for all the different types of companion plants that are available. You want to grow only those plants that you like, so you need to choose carefully what type of container you use for each plant. A good way to select a container is by looking at its capacity and size. If you cannot fit any of the plants into the container, then you probably should not plant them there.
If you have a large garden, then choosing containers that are too big might be difficult. Even if they are too big, it does not mean that they will never work well because sometimes a little extra space is needed for things like drainage holes and air circulation holes. Plants that require lots of water tend to benefit from larger containers than plants that prefer less water.
For a small garden like yours, you probably want to grow plants that are extremely beneficial to the surrounding areas. Since you do not have room for all these plants, you need to make sure that you choose the ones that will be most beneficial in your area.
One of the main companion planting rules of thumb is to plant things in the same family together. It will be easier for your plants to grow and thrive when they are planted with like plants.
There are three main plant groups that you can choose from when planting your garden:
Obsolete plants: These plants include things like blueberries, cranberries, and grapes. They are not exactly common anymore because people have forgotten about them over the years. These plants tend to do better in certain types of soils and some may not like the climate in your area. If you decide to grow these plants, make sure that you are doing all that you can to keep them alive.
Classical plants: These are your everyday garden vegetables and herbs. The best example of this is the common tomato plant. Most people have grown these at some point in their lives, so these plants are easier to care for and are readily available at garden centers everywhere. You can find these plants growing in most gardens and in most backyards.
Modern Plants: These include things like strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries. These plants are fairly new to the scene, so people are still learning how to best take care of them. This means that you can get away with more when it comes to things like watering and general plant care. There will also be more resources available online and in gardening books because people are more interested in this type of plant compared to the “common” tomato plant.
As you may have guessed, modern plants offer you more options than the other two types of plants. This might make your decision a whole lot easier.
If you are only going to grow a few different types of plants, then you want to make sure that they are the most beneficial plants that you can find. This means that you either choose obsolete plants or classical plants because there are more resources available on them. These plants have been around longer and there is more information available on them online and in books.
If you have endless resources, then feel free to experiment with new plants like the modern plants. With endless resources, you can probably buy new books or spend more money on classes and seminars. If money is not an issue for you, then by all means go ahead and experiment with new types of plants.
Since you are on a budget (and kind of low on it), it would be best to stick with either obsolete or classical plants. Whichever one you choose, make sure that they will be the most beneficial for your area.
Once you have made this selection, you can move on to the next step.
QOTD: Would you prefer to stick with the tried and true (obsolete plants) or try something new (classical or modern plants)?
You have decided to grow only tomatoes, potatoes, and onions in your garden this year. This is what you have decided will be the most beneficial for your area. You know that these three plants do well in this climate and you know that you can eat them at any meal. Tomatoes are the staple of your diet because you can eat them for almost every meal and can also make several different types of sauces to go with potatoes and onions.
You decide to grow three different types of tomatoes: Heirloom, Grape, and Beefsteak. You also decide to grow three different types of potatoes: Red Bliss, Russet, and White. The last vegetable that you are going to grow is an onion, the Vidalia Sweet.
You find a good website online that sells all of these plants. They even break it down for you by season so that you know when to expect your seeds to arrive in the mail.
In January you receive your seeds packaged in a small ziplock bag. On the outside of the packaging, it tells you how to plant and care for your seeds. You keep this ziplock bag for future reference and throw it in the garbage once you get to your house.
You head to your backyard and begin to make your plan. You start by measuring out three plots that are 6 feet long and 4 feet wide. You use these dimensions to create a small frame out of wood to give your rows some shape.
You have bought enough seeds to plant one row of each vegetable. However, you only have enough soil to fill up the plots 1 foot deep and still be able to work the soil. The package tells you that the plants only need 1 foot deep, but you decide that 1.5 would be better especially since you don’t have a lot of soil.
After filling each plot with soil, you make little indicators out of small pieces of cardboard to show you where each type of seed should be planted so that you don’t forget. You have decided to space the plants according to the package. (Since you are doing three different plants, I am not going to list the dimensions for each row. The package told you how far apart to space each type of plant, so just use that information and make your rows accordingly.
The information is also on the website under the planting guide tab if you do happen to forget.)
Now you are ready to plant! Using the exact dimensions that you were given, you plant your seeds. If all goes well, you should be able to harvest your plants in late July or August. You enjoy the challenge of growing your own food and can’t wait to taste the fruits (literally) of your labor.
You water your garden and head inside to research how to care for your seedlings.
(I hope that you have enjoyed the first part in this three part series. The next part will be published on Wednesday June 3rd. In it you will need to decide whether or not to buy organic or natural fertilizer, how much fertilizer to buy, and which type of watering system is right for you. Once again, you can view the choices at the link below.
Have fun and good luck!
Growing Your Own Veggies Part 2: The Actual Planting
Want to plant something else?
You can find a list of all of the plants that Growell recommends at the link below. Simply choose which plant you would like to grow, and see what steps you will need to take before you can start growing your own food.
Sources & references used in this article:
Roses Love Garlic: Companion Planting and Other Secrets of Flowers by L Riotte – 2012 – books.google.com
Great garden companions: a companion-planting system for a beautiful, chemical-free vegetable garden by B Tiroesele – Journal of Plant and Pest Science, 2015
Evaluating companion planting and non-host masking odors for protecting roses from the Japanese beetle (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) by SJ Cunningham – 2000 – books.google.com
Secrets of Companion Planting by DW Held, P Gonsiska, DA Potter – Journal of Economic …, 2003 – academic.oup.com
Companion Planting in gardening by HOWLDG LAST
Host Availability, Repulsive Companion Planting, and Predation Interact and Shape How a Parthenogenetic Aphid Population Responds to a Stratified Ecological … by M Trench – Warm Earth, 2010 – search.informit.com.au