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Id love to know what everyone else uses for companion plants, what do you find works best? image


  • bekkie hughesbekkie hughes Posts: 5,294
    Not one ive come across before, i use poached egg plant, but might give this a try image
  • bekkie hughesbekkie hughes Posts: 5,294
    Whats the summer savory for- blackfly? image
  • bekkie hughesbekkie hughes Posts: 5,294
    Believe it or not, i always used broad beans as compainon plants around the edge of the veg bed, i never tried the beans because id heard others say they wernt nice! Ive now had broad beans (frozen!) Of course as i wanted to grow them as a crop this year, the entire lot were munched by bean and pea maggot! Will try again next year, will also try summer savory image
  • I use tagetes and basil in the greenhouse along side the toms.

      onions and garlic along side each other.


  • bekkie hughesbekkie hughes Posts: 5,294
    I swear by nasturtiums with cabbages, or any brassicas, and callendula image
  • Lily 3Lily 3 Posts: 49
    Hi Bekkie - Great thread with some very interesting answers, so thanks all. I grow marigolds and basil round my toms. I read somewhere that it is scientifically proven that growing basil close to tons increases yields. Watch this space as its my first good go at it. I grow nasturtiums near my broad beans as black fly are supposed to prefer nasturtiums. So protecting the broad beans, which are yummy to eat ! I'm also trying onions with my carrots this year to confuse the carrot root fly. Alternate rows of each. Which so far seems to be working. That and minimal thinning and careful weeding. I'm also growing sweet peas and sunflowers with my runner beans to attract pollenators. I have 3 rows of 2 metre wigwams, with alternate beans and sweet peas. Hopefully help, but certainly look nice !
  • bekkie hughesbekkie hughes Posts: 5,294
    Wow lily, you are really going for it! Sounds fab, i hope it goes well image
  • Orchid LadyOrchid Lady Posts: 5,800

    I've got 4 pots of Marigolds in the greenhouse and 2 pots of basil to protect my tomatoes, cucumbers and aubergines.

    I've also planted marigolds in with the outdoor toms in the pots/hanging baskets.

  • Lily 3Lily 3 Posts: 49
    Thanks Bekkie ! image I hope do too ! It's all trial and error image
  • bekkie hughesbekkie hughes Posts: 5,294
    I wonder if all the herbs can be used as companion plants? image
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