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Companion planting combinations are common place for the vegatable garden.  The most basic companion planting scheme was practised by the Native Americans. This method is known as the 3 Sisters.  It uses sweet corn which grows tall and acts as a support for the runner beans.  The beans grow up the sweet corn attracting pollinating insects as well as fixing nitrogen into the soil.  This in turn feeds the squash that is grown around the bottom of the corn and beans.  The large leaves of the squash act as a living mulch in soppressing weeds and keeping moisture in the soil. There are many examples of good and bad planting combinations available from many sources.  For our vegatable garden these are the plants we chose for a small space:
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Companion Corner
Thyme, Marigolds, Tomato
Lettuce, Radish, Beetroot
Nasturtium, Shallot, Carrot
The 3 Sisters
Vegetable Good Companion Bad Companion Allium (onion, shallot) Tomato, Carrots Beans Beans Corn, Marrow, Lettuce Allium, Tomato Beetroot Lettuce, Allium Beans Carrot Allium, Tomato, Lettuce Radish Corn Beans Tomato Lettuce Radish, Carrot N/A Marrow Radish N/A Radish Marrow, Lettuce N/A Tomato Allium, Carrot Beetroot
     Top Tips for successful Vegetables: Use good quality seeds to ensure germination. The variety of carrots we have chosen are from the Thompson and Morgan vegetable range, whilst the others are Kings Seeds. Make sure to prepare your soil
properly before planting out. We have used peat free multipurpose from Vital Earth to improve the soil, and Rock Dust to feed it to ensure a
bumper crop. Maintain a healthy garden by following a crop rotation each year to prevent the build up of diseases in the soil. Make sure to plant flowering plants to attract pollinators and predators!
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