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Companion Planting is the establishment of two or more plant species in close proximity so that some benefit is derived (pest control, higher yield etc.)

Many plants have natural substances in their roots, flowers leaves, etc. that can alternately repel or attract insects depending on your needs. In some situations they can also help enhance the growth rate and flavour of other varieties.

Experience shows us that using companion planting throughout the garden is an important part of pest management. Companion planting helps bring a balanced eco-system to your garden, allowing nature to do its job.

Planting Guide

basil Basil

Planted with tomatoes will improve growth and flavour. Basil can be helpful in repelling thrips, flies and mosquitoes. Great deterrent against fruit fly in tomatoes

beet Beet

Good for adding minerals to the soil. Beet leaves contain 25% magnesium. Plant with lettuce, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower and onions

shutterstock 55141879 Carrots

Thrive with onions. Tomatoes grow better with carrots, but it can stunt the carrots growth.

  corriander Coriander

Repels aphids, spider mites and potato beetle

dahlia Dahlia

Repels nematodes

 dill Dill

Improves the growth and health of cabbage. Lettuce thrives with it. Do not plant near carrots. Repels aphids and spider mites. Attracts hoverflies and predatory wasps

eggplant Eggplant

Loves beans and marigolds

 leek Leek

ImproveS the growth of carrots, celery and onions.

lettuce Lettuce

Planted next to cabbages will deter cabbage moth

marigold Marigolds

Great pest deterrent. Keeps soil free of bad nematodes and encourages many insects. Must be the scented variety of marigold to work.
French marigolds help deter whiteflies when planted around tomatoes

marjoram Marjoram

Improves the flavour of vegetables and herbs. A great inclusion in your vegetable and herb garden

  mint Mint

Deters white cabbage moths, ants, rodents, fleas and aphids. Improves the health of tomatoes and cabbage. Plant near lettuce to repel slugs.




Deters aphids and pests of cucumbers. The best plant for attracting perdatory insects away from other plants.


parsley Parsley

Plant among tomatoes. Increase the fragrance of roses when planted around their base

  peas Peas

Fixes nitrogen in the soil. Plant next to corn, as corn loves nitrogen

chilli Peppers

Chilli peppers have root exudates that prevent root rot.

petunia Petunia

Repels asparagus beetle, tomato worms, certain aphids. The leaves can be used in a tea to make a bug spray. Attracts pest away from roses and grape vines.

pumpkin Pumpkins

Love corn and marigolds

  radish Radish

Plant with squash and corn to protect against borer. Let some go to seed





Repels cabbage moths, bean bettle and carrot fly

squash Squash

Love corn and marigold. Plant together to get excellent harvest results.

  sunflower Sunflower

With corn to increase the yield. Ants herd aphids onto sunflowers, keeping them off neighbouring plants.



Deters cabbage worms and white fly



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