Now that you’ve got a fertile layer of soil in your garden you need to decide how you want to plant your veggies. You can either plant it in the open soil or create raised beds. Although some people find the option of raised beds more effective, the outcome depends on the soil condition, sunlight, and watering means. The only advantage the raised beds can provide is perhaps if the plantations are done in separate raised bed craters or containers, then they can be transported easily from one place to another.
Companion planting is nothing but planting the right vegetables together. It is a known fact that some specific combinations of vegetables leads to improved growth, reduces the possibilities of diseases and infections, helps multiple beneficial insects and bacteria, while eliminating harmful pests as well. Here is a small list of vegetables and their compatible companions, which can be grown together in a vegetable garden:
Although there is really no limit to the type of vegetables and herbs that you can grow in your garden, there exists certain popular garden vegetables that every garden can easily accommodate.
Celery is a beautiful vegetable that can be a part of your vegetable garden. Although celery is a very adjusting plant and grows well along with almost any other vegetable, there are a few vegetables that are especially conducive to its growth. The common plants that are known as its companions are onions, tomatoes, cabbage varieties, and bush beans.
Asparagus is also a great addition to your vegetable garden and is a very accepting plant, which grows well along with all the other vegetables. However, it has its favorites and hence shows extremely good results or yields well when planted along with tomatoes, basil and parsley.
This family includes cauliflower, kale, kohlrabi and broccoli. These plants grow well when planted along with celery, beets, cucumber, lettuce, rosemary, onions and sage. However the results are visibly hampered when these are grown with their antagonist plants namely pole beans or tomatoes.
Make it a point to plant them along with cucumber, corn, potatoes or celery. Never plant the bush beans with onions, since it will hamper its yield.
Fresh corn from your own garden to sprinkle on your freshly baked pizza sounds like heaven. Corn can be a great addition to your vegetable garden if you plant it with potatoes, beans, peas, pumpkin and cucumber. Tomato and corn are antagonistic plants, which cannot be planted together.
A fresh cucumber salad cannot get more refreshing than this. Fresh and juicy cucumbers are a must have for your vegetable garden, even if it is a fruit variety. Cucumbers can be planted with beans, corn, peas and even radish. However cucumbers should never be planted along with potatoes and any kind of aromatic herb.
Fresh and crispy lettuce is a must-have, be it for your garden fresh salad or as an addition to a healthy sandwich. Although lettuce grows well with almost any and every vegetable plant, it shows better results when planted along with carrots, cucumbers, onions and radish.
Onions and Garlic
Onion and garlic are two of the most popular cooking ingredients. In order to have these grow efficiently in your vegetable garden, you need to pair them up with beets, carrots, lettuce and parsley. They do not grow well with peas and beans amidst them.
Lovely peas can be a great addition to any recipe. Peas can be grown in your vegetable garden with carrots, turnips, cucumbers, corn and beans. However peas need to be planted away from onions, chives, garlic and potatoes.
Tomatoes grow best when planted along with celery, asparagus, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, kale, chives, parsley and carrots. However tomatoes should not be planted along with kohlrabi, potatoes, fennel and cabbage.
The last and most important thing to remember while planning garden with vegetables is being certain that you are planting them as per the above pairing instructions. If you and your family have your favorites vegetables, include them instead of some vegetables that you just might never use.