We have a small patch of flower bed in our garden that over the last few years has been home to various plants.
We’ve grown raspberries and rhubarb and various different herbs, with varying degrees of success! I would really love to have a bigger area of our garden dedicated to growing different things that we can eat and enjoy. An allotment would be even better, but I’m not sure if we would have the time to work on it properly. My dad has always had an allotment so I know how much time and energy goes into it, but I also know how wonderful it is to get to enjoy all the fruits of that labour!
If you’re interested in upping your gardening game, then you should take a look at this guide that the lovely people over at First Tunnels have put together – the complete guide into the world of companion planting.
If you haven’t heard the term before, companion planting is basically choosing plants to grow alongside each other because they help each other grow.
There are quite a few benefits to companion planting:
- it helps with pest control
- it saves on space
- it’s a more productive way of gardening
All of this is discussed in detail in the guide over on First Tunnels’ website.
The guide also features a really comprehensive list of which things you should plant together. Some of the combinations make sense, like planting carrots together with onions, while other combinations you really might not have thought of, like putting strawberries with onions and spinach.
Whatever it is that you fancy growing, you’ll find ideas of what to plant alongside it in the companion planting guide.
Just as useful, there’s a list of things that you really shouldn’t plant together. So now I know that if I want to revive our raspberry plants next year, I really shouldn’t plant any peas or beans in the beds with them!
Do you grow your own food at home? Have you heard of companion gardening before?
Disclaimer: this is a collaborative post.