ImageThere are a few reasons why I wanted to write a little bit about companion planting. One of them is that this concept is a perfect example of what Permaculture is all about. We use the term “plant guilds” to describe the groups of plants that like to grow in each others vicinity. One of the best-known guilds includes tomatoes and basil, lesser known members of this guild would be asparagus and sweet pepper. Image

The benefits derived from placing complementary plants together can be due to a number of reasons. Sometimes one plant would attract insects that are a natural predator of an insect that tends to be a pest to it’s companion plant. Marigold and Petunia are commonly used to attract pest-predators into an eco-system. Another way in which neighbouring plants can benefit each other is through the sharing and exchanging of minerals and nutrients through their roots…

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