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What is a companion planting you might be wondering? Well, I can tell you it is not a bunch of friends getting together to plant their plants. It is planting different plants together that will benefit each other in some way. Here is Wilipedia defination of it and here is a list of companion plants by Wikipedia. But, I am here today to talk about only one particluar companion plant.
Companion plants can help each other with nutrient uptake, pest control and pollination. It is pollination that I am writing about today.
Alyssum is a good plant to mix with your vegetable plants. The bees love it and hopefully the bees will then visit your other plants and thus help with pollination. I was out at Dubai Festival City the other day and came across some white alyssum (some are blue/purple color) so I bought some to to mix up with my plants. As you can see these are small but when they grow can get to about 10"-12" in diameter depending on the pot size.
Oh, by the way they smell real good too!!!
Marigolds also make good companion plant in pest control but if planted in the ground as the chemicals are released through the roots directly into the ground.
If you really are interested in this - I suggest you take the time to read the list of companion plants on Wikipedia located here.
Anybody have any other suggestion on other companion plants?
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