Companion Plants: Growing Food Naturally For Your Health

Companion planting is a relatively new concept, but one that has been done for centuries by farmers and gardeners. The concept of companion planting came from years of research on which plants to plant next to each other, and which not to.

Determining factors in how well plants grow in various soils and temperatures also play a part in producing healthy plants. A sort of trial and error occurs when incompatible plants are planted close together. Farmers and gardeners who want their plants to grow naturally know the signs of incompatibility.

The following infographic shows the benefits that farmers and gardeners can realize when they plant companion vegetables and fruits together. It is important to note that the conditions of the soil and the temperature changes quite often determine which plants are more suited for each other. There are many plants that shouldn’t be planted together because they have an adverse affect on the plants.

The overall benefit of companion planting is the support provided by the sheltering plant from pests. This benefit allows fragile plants the opportunity grow to a healthy height and produce. Farmers understand that companion planting also allows them to grow quantities of produce that they may not be able to grow without this benefit. It is also understood that the compatibility of certain plants to other plants can also help deter harmful bugs while encouraging the increase of useful bugs.

This ability to deter harmful bugs naturally is one of the biggest benefits of companion plantings. The use of toxic chemicals to rid plants of harmful bugs is counterproductive and could be harmful to both animals and their human companions. Organic farmers know this.

A good way to think about companion plants is these plants can often be planted together to grow naturally. This is due to a number of factors such as the water content, sun and the soil composition. Companion plants thrive when they are planted in similar conditions. Incompatible plants wither and die.

 

companion planting chart

 

Infographic Source: HomeAdvisor http://www.homeadvisor.com/r/a-visual-guide-to-companion-planting/#.WZHqFlGGPIV