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Companion Planting

Companion Planting is an age old practice of Planting Plants within close proximity which will Benefit other Plants, either by giving off a scent or chemical that will repel harmful insects.

They may also be grown to entice Beneficial Insects that will help rid your plants of Nature's Nasties. Another way these plants may help is by returning goodness back to the soil. Many of these plants may also be used to make Teas to spray your plants with, or the leaves used in the Compost as an activated.

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Hyssop (Hyssopus officinalis) - As a Companion Plant

Started by Dianne Caswell. Last reply by Lissa Nov 11, 2016. 2 Replies

Hyssop (Hyssopus officinalis)As a Companion Plant…Continue

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Companion Planting Chart for Growing Vegetables

Started by Dianne Caswell. Last reply by Rob Collings Aug 5, 2016. 3 Replies

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Why Companion Plant - Plants and their uses

Started by Dianne Caswell. Last reply by CHERYL SLAPP May 15, 2016. 2 Replies

I wanted to find a place to put my lists of Companion Plants and their uses, in a space where they would not get lost in the maze of words. So I have chosen to put them under this heading. I will…Continue

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Compost Activators

Started by Dianne Caswell. Last reply by Elaine de Saxe Apr 15, 2016. 21 Replies

There are many plants that can be used as Compost Activators. The ones I most frequently use are Comfrey and Elderberry.When using Comfrey I cut off any of the older leaves and ones that have…Continue

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Comment by Lissa on May 15, 2016 at 6:15

Perhaps try a separate "Add a Discussion" for each plant Dianne? Just a suggestion.

The problem with adding them here on the Comment Wall is that it will slowly disappear down the page.

You can create a discussion for each and delete the comment (here) if you want to keep it really tidy.

Comment by Dianne Caswell on May 14, 2016 at 19:18

I'm not sure if I am putting these in the correct place or if I should be keeping them all together under one heading. What do you think?

Nasturtium (Tropaeolum majus) – Nasturtium come in many colours and growing habits. There are trailing, clumping, single and double flowers, some that like it dry, some that like it damp. You will find one to suit many parts of your garden and I am sure you will be pleased you planted them. Seeds are readily available.

Use as a Trap Crop –   Nasturtiums are used as Trap Crops and will trap, White Fly, Aphids and Red Spider. It is a particular favourite of the Black Aphid, if you have the problem watch the Aphids go to the Nasturtium and they will cover the plant sucking the juices from the plant, when you observe them and the plant has gone limp, put a plastic bag over the plant and pull the plant up Aphids and all and dispose of in the rubbish tin, do not put into the compost bin unless you know all have died.

Use as a Companion Plant – Plant with Corn, Cabbages, Broccoli, Radishes, Tomatoes, Broad Beans and Cucumbers - they will also help with Mildew. Plant as a Companion to Quince and Pomegranates Trees.

Use in Cooking – Nasturtium leaves and Flowers are lovely added to a salad (they give it a Peppery Flavour). The Spicy Seeds can be pickled in Brine and or Vinegar. Leaves and Flowers eaten on Sandwiches with Cheese is a favourite of mine.

Russian Sage (Perovskia atriplicifolia) – Russian Sage is one of those plants not often grown, but it is well worth a go and it is pretty as well as useful. Lovely too in a vase.

Use as an Insect Spray – A very good spray for Aphids can be made by combing Russian Sage, combined with any other Insect Repelling Herbs such as, Stinking Roger (Tagetes minuta), Rue, Winter Savoury, Basil, Rosemary, Lavender etc. IT is also a very good Mosquito Repellent.

A Bucket of Strong Tea can be made by seeping the ingredients into a Bucket of Boiling Water, seep for 24hrs then strain. Put what remains in the Bucket onto the Compost. This Tea can be then used as an Insect Spray. Mix with 2 tablespoon Pure Soap Flakes into Spray Bottle or use Squeeze Bottle.

This is a handy spray to use in animal enclosures helping to keep away Flees, Ticks, Ants and Weevils. A Bedding can be made by using the soft branches for animal bedding.

Use as a Companion Plant – A good companion for Lavender, Lemon Trees, Potatoes, Melons and Squash family. Butterflies and Bees love Russian Sage.

Comment by Dianne Caswell on April 14, 2016 at 16:30

Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) – Dandelion is rich in a number of Minerals, it contain a liberal amount of Potash, Copper and Calcium. Potash is used to build the soil up so that the plants crop well with better Maturity and Taste. Dandelion is also rich in Vitamin A, B, C and D.

Use as a Compost Activator –   Use on the Compost Heap as it breaks down very quickly leaving one of the most wonderful Composts. The young plants are extremely high in Minerals and your Plants will reap the Rewards of this Compost. Can also be used as one of the best Green Manure Crops.

Use as a Folia Spray – A Bucket of Strong Tea can be made by seeping Dandelion in a Bucket of Boiling Water, seep for 24hrs then strain. Put what remains in the Bucket onto the Compost. This Tea can be then used as a Foliar Feed. Mix with 2 tablespoon Pure Soap Flakes and use a Leaf Broom (make this by tying a few leaves together and dipping and flicking on plants and surrounding areas) or Spray or use  Squeeze Bottle.

Use as a Companion Plant – Plant  Dandelion with Fruit trees because Dandelion exhales Ethylene Gas, which ripens Fruit Trees.

Field/Milk Thistle (Sonchus arvensis) – Field Milk Thistle is a common garden weed that has occasionally been cultivated as a food plant -in Indonesia they have even produced improved varieties selected for their edible leaves. It spreads by means of seed and its creeping rootstock. The leaves are rich in mineral salts and vitamin C

Use as an Insect Spray – A Bucket of Strong Tea can be made by seeping Milk Thistle in a Bucket of Boiling Water, seep for 24hrs then strain. Put what remains in the Bucket onto the Compost. This Tea can be then used as an Insect Spray. Mix with 2 tablespoon Pure Soap Flakes and use a Leaf Broom (make this by tying a few leaves together and dipping and flicking on plants and surrounding areas) or Spray or use Squeeze Bottle.

Use as a Companion Plant – A good companion for onions, tomatoes, corn as well as the cucumber and squash family

Purslane (Portulaca oleracea)  Sometimes known as Pig Weed as pigs love to eat it.

Use as a Compost Activator – Used on the Compost Heap as a Soil Conditioner and Activator. It breaks down very quickly

Use as a Folia Spray – A Bucket of Strong Tea can be made by seeping ¾ cup of Purslane, Comfrey and Nettles in a Bucket of Boiling Water, seep for 24hrs then strain. Put what remains in the Bucket onto the Compost. This Tea can be then used as a Tonic for Ailing Plants or Foliar Feed. Mix with 2 tablespoon Pure Soap Flakes and use a Leaf Broom (make this by tying a few leaves together and dipping and flicking on plants and surrounding areas) or Spray or use Squeeze Bottle.

Comment by Dianne Caswell on April 10, 2016 at 18:09

Today I planted Red Clover (Trifolium pretense) around some of my Fruit Trees (it is an old European Tradition, the Farmer would plant the Red Clover in the Orchards and Vineyards.) Red Clover fixes Nitrogen to the soil and can be used as cover crop and dug back into the soil. It is also very high in Boron a trace mineral that is often depleted from the soil over the years resulting in brittle stems and yellowing leaves.

Comment by Lissa on July 4, 2015 at 5:29

So you find it does actually keep pests at bay? Interesting for sure.

Comment by Mark Braz on July 3, 2015 at 20:45

Bingo thats the one

Nice little flower and a pod like a cape GB

Comment by Lissa on July 3, 2015 at 20:33

Never heard of this one before Mark. Does it look like THIS ONE?

Comment by Mark Braz on July 3, 2015 at 19:34

I have a shoo fly plant in a pot and move it around when a pest pops up.

I will be talking to the seedling lady tomorrow who grew it for more info.

I think it is related to tobacco.

I had the best bug killer pop up today, a hatching of praying mantis,cute little buggers. Happy to see the garden with good bugs.

Comment by Dianne Caswell on June 4, 2015 at 9:25

MARIGOLDS Tagetes & Tagetes minuta - As Companion Plants are one of the World's Best Insecticides. There is a Marigold for every spot in the garden, of all shapes and sizes. I scatter my seed anywhere I would like them to come up, you will usually find after the initial planting they will self seed.
Marigolds will help ward off Ticks, Fleas, Ants, Cockroaches, Mealy Bug, Whitefly, Red Spider Mite, Bedbugs, Lice & More.
Grow Marigolds around the Chook Pen, Stables and where your Dog sleeps.
Torn up Flowers, Stalks and Leaves can be places under Lettuce, Spinach and any other Leafy Vegetables in the Vegetable Patch to deter Slugs. Also spread along paths or on the edge of the Patch. Grow around your Vegetable and Flower Gardens to help guard against the nasties.

Marigold Spray Recipe - for Aphids, Whitefly, Mealy Bug
Fill your Bucket with Fresh Marigold Leaves, Stalks & Flowers. Pour over enough Boiling Water to Cover. Allow to seep overnight. Next Day Strain and add 1/2 a cup of Soap Flakes.

A tea can be used to help keep away Ants and Cockroaches by omitting the Soap Flakes and pouring the Tea down Ant Holes and around where you want to deter cockroaches.

Onion, Chilli & Marigold Spray - for Aphids, Mealy Bug, Whitefly & Red Spider Mite
In a Food Processor, Mix together 5-6 Large Onions, 10-12 Large Hot Chillies, seeds and all. Cut or Tear up 1/2 a Bucket of Marigolds and cover with 1 Bucket of Boiling Water and add the Chilli and Onions. Allow to steep overnight and drain the next day and add 1/2 cup of Soap Flakes.

Enjoy Companion Gardening

Comment by Dianne Caswell on January 30, 2015 at 9:59

I thought I would clarify the Catnip and Catmint the best I can. The ones I use are Nepeta cataria with the white flowers and Nepeta mussinii with the mauve flowers, in saying that we have just come back from the nursery where we find a number of plants that were called Catmint and Catnip but these two mentioned are the ones I use in our small Vegie Patch. Also the Lemon Balm I use is Melissa Officinalis.

 

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