This is your ultimate guide to a successful vegetable garden.
If you have ever tried growing your own vegetables but were put off by failing crops and no idea how to fix the problem, this guide is for you.
Growing your own vegetables and herbs can be so fulfilling, and it is easy – if you know how.
The idea that some plants and plant families are “friends” with others and grow better together is called companion planting, and it’s been around since the dawn of food cultivation.
Thousands of years of humans harvesting foods has led to a good understanding of which crops to plant where, but if you set off without this knowledge you will always be doomed to fail.
For example, tomatoes and cucumbers will not thrive if they are planted near each other in a garden, despite being of a similar ilk, and both notoriously easy to grow on their own.
People are eager to plant their vegetables in neat rows, so that they are easier to identify, but this is quite the opposite to what the vegetables would like. Nature by its very definition is a messy jumble of roots and leaves, plants thrive best when they are mostly left to their own devices after being started on the right path.
Different species attract different types of bugs, and while a greenfly infestation might ruin your rose petals, some bugs are handy to have around to keep their enemies off your produce.
For example, carrots and parsnips will attract spiders and praying mantises, who in turn will eat smaller insects who like to feed on tomatoes. Using these skills to keep your ecosystem in check is sure to produce a healthy vegetable yield.
This list will help guide you with your vegetable planting, and the table below shows which vegetable like to plant with which, and which combinations to avoid.
Follow the guide carefully and you will be harvesting the fruits of you labor in no time.