Raised Garden Bed Planting Guide
What is a plant mix?

Companion plants are plants that grow together. For example, plants that love shade and light, plants with deep root systems, and plants that require high nutrients are planted together, which are so-called companion plants.

Several kinds of plants interact to promote growth, prevent pests and diseases, increase harvest, save planting space, make full use of nutrients in the soil, and have more visual and olfactory effects. Especially the combination of vegetables and herbs is always a favorite.

Most gardeners will choose to grow rosemary as a companion plant, great for flowering and seasoning.

Mutual growth of plants

For example, in order to obtain more growth space and sunlight, some plants constantly stretch their branches and leaves, expand their fields, block, limit, and inhibit the growth of other species, thus winning the "competition". When some different plants are planted together, they will soon wither, bloom, and bear no fruit; some two plants will die at the same time, or even die prematurely, which we call "enemies".

Of course, plants, like animals, also have a harmonious relationship. As we all know, there is a symbiotic relationship between many animals, such as rhinos and hornbills, sea anemones and hermit crabs, clownfish and sea anemones, etc., which are typical mutually beneficial symbiotic relationships. In the plant world, there are similar symbiotic relationships we call "friends".

Using plant symbiosis:

Whether it is simple planting, or planting according to the following table, to give full play to the relationship between plants, our primary consideration is to provide plants with a suitable growth environment.

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plant symbiosis

Many plants also love and help each other. Since beans can use rhizobia to increase nitrogen fertilizer in the soil, squash can provide good mulch for corn, and jade can provide scaffolding for beans.

As another example, marigolds release a chemical that kills nematodes, so they are good companions for vegetables that are vulnerable to nematodes, such as tomatoes and green peppers. Dill's sweet florets attract parasitic wasps that are natural enemies of cabbages, aphids, and beetles, so dill is a great friend to cabbages and cucumbers.

Also, onions cannot be planted together with beans, but they are a good partner with carrots. Tomatoes and potatoes should not be planted together, as it is easy to spread diseases to each other.

So, understanding the camaraderie and likes and dislikes of plants can help us understand which vegetables and plants are great but not suitable to grow together in the garden. In addition, it is also very interesting to learn about the friendship, love and hatred between plants.

1. Leeks and roses

Planting leeks and roses together can prevent the common scab of roses, effectively repel cockroaches, and prevent mildew.

Because chives belong to the Liliaceae family and are related to onions, they have a strong smell and their juice has a bactericidal effect.

2. Grapes and violets

Studies have found that when grapes are grown with violets, the resulting grapes are more aromatic.

This is due to the fact that pollination at the same or similar flowering period can promote the aroma of the grape violet-sweet mixture.

3. Leeks and Kale, Potatoes

Leek can produce a strong smell, has insect repellent and bactericidal effects, and is a good friend of many crops. For example, intercropping with cabbage can reduce cabbage root rot; intercropping with potatoes can greatly reduce potato late blight and increase yield.

4. Garlic and cabbage

The allicin released by garlic has the functions of sterilization and deworming, and is suitable for interplanting with cabbage and other crops.

5. Onions and wheat, pea onions

The secretion has a strong bactericidal effect and can eliminate and kill the black spot fungus of wheat and black spot fungus of pea.

6. Aloe vera and crops

The secretion of aloe can promote the germination of seeds of wheat, tomato, potato and other plants, and even promote the growth and development of these plants, thereby increasing the yield.

In addition, there are three kinds of mixed planting methods: mixed planting in the same hole type; mixed planting in the same vegetable side type; mixed planting in the same vegetable field.

The purpose of mixed planting is generally to prevent and control pests and diseases, and to promote mutual growth of vegetables.