Plant This Near That: Companion Gardening

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A container Garden with a tomato plant and marigolds

Even if your thumb is green, here’s a tip you may not have heard: Companion planting can help fruits, vegetables and herbs grow more successfully.

The practice, which involves growing compatible plants near one another, allows gardeners to keep insects at bay.

For example, planting sweet basil, cilantro and parsley around tomatoes can not only protect the tomatoes from pests but also improve their flavor. Cilantro can also help protect potatoes from Colorado potato beetles, while daylilies and dahlias deter rabbits from carrots, spinach and lettuce.

A variety of combinations may prove to be helpful in the garden – just remember to use plants that are native to your area. For more information, check with the Purdue Cooperative Extension Service near you.

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