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Did you know that corn and garlic do not make good neighbors? If you plant cabbage near aromatic herbs, they will refuse to grow. But, plant your beets near your broccoli and your garden will overflow with produce!

Believe it or not, there are “rules” to which vegetables you should and shouldn’t plant together. Before you get your vegetable garden started, get to know the principles behind companion plants from Autumn Hill Nursery, and separate those neighbors that don’t do well together.

Why Companion Planting is Important

The answer as to why some plants grow well together while others don’t is not always clear. Some of the reasons include cross-contaimination, the release of certain compounds, and the excessive shade cast off by neighbor plants – and simple trial and error over the years by farmers. Rather than trying to figure it out yourself, just get to know this list compiled by the Farmer’s Almanac. 

Good Companion Plants

Most of the time when people are talking about companion plants, they are references those vegetables that don’t grow well in close proximity to each other, but, there are also companion plants that actually help each other!  Planting herbs next to some of your more delicate plants can actually protect them from destructive insects. Marigolds are the perfect partner to any vegetable as they repel beetles, nematodes, and even animal pests. To attract good bugs such as praying mantises, ladybugs, and spiders to protect your garden, plant carrots, dill, and parsley.

When you’re ready to get started with your vegetable garden, come on by Autumn Hill Nursery. We sell a wide selection of the best vegetables to plant in Georgia, as well as Tower Gardens and all of the aeroponic gardening accessories.

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