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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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COMPANION PLANTING - REVISITED

Started by Dianne Caswell. Last reply by Dianne Caswell Mar 17. 4 Replies

Companion Planting Chart for Growing VegetablesI put this Discussion up 2 years ago but…Continue

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Companion Planting Chart for Growing Vegetables

Started by Dianne Caswell. Last reply by Alex Gilroy Sep 9, 2017. 4 Replies

Companion Planting Chart for Growing VegetablesCompanion Planting is the practice of Planting…Continue

Sages/Salvias - Culinary, Companion & Bee/Bird/Butterfly Attracting

Started by Dianne Caswell. Last reply by Lissa May 22, 2017. 28 Replies

Here you can list your Sages/Salvias so as we may, swap cuttings/plants with other members who would like to further their collections.…Continue

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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 PlantHyssop is a tall herb that can grow up to…Continue

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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.

Comment by CHERYL SLAPP on January 29, 2015 at 9:28

Ok off to the nursery today to check out catnip and catmint and get some lemon and lime balm

Comment by Lissa on January 29, 2015 at 5:09

I have one plant of Lime Balm out the front which is growing well. I'll try moving some of it around to the vege gardens.

Interesting about the Catnip and the Cat Mint Jan and the bee attracting qualities of both. I bought the first some years back when I had my four cats on the go and noone paid any attention to it.

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on January 28, 2015 at 21:19

Fabulous about the Lemon Balm! Thank you for the info, it's one of my favourite herbs and it's taken all this time to persuade a plant to grow for me.

Comment by CHERYL SLAPP on January 28, 2015 at 18:55

Thanks Dianne, won't feel stupid when I go to ask for it - but I'm sure they are use to people like me - haha

Comment by Dianne Caswell on January 28, 2015 at 18:49

Catnip and Catmint are the same although some species are named differently. Also it depends who is growing it sometimes.

Comment by CHERYL SLAPP on January 28, 2015 at 18:45

Thanks for that info Dianne, must get lemon balm, cat nip, cat mint.

Comment by Dianne Caswell on January 28, 2015 at 18:44

The Greek Meaning for the words Lemon Balm means 'little bee', so as you can see it is wonderful for attracting Bees and the bad insects don't like the smell of it, so you shouldn't get Whitefly in your Cabbage & Caullies growing it nearby.

Lemon Balm is great also to plant around Fruit Trees (they love it), Cucumbers, Capsicums and Tomatoes, the flavor will be more intense.

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on January 28, 2015 at 17:37

Ah, I wonder would Lemon Balm work too? Finally I have some growing. I could get it established in the beds for the winter cabbage-family plants. Ideas?

 

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