Plant Near Vegetables: After completing the garden harvesting for the year, one of my favorite things is a notepad, a calendar and some heating mugs to plan for next year’s plot. I focus on the successes and failures of the year and then take the time to explain a few notes about what I want to do next year.
From the new seeds, I would like to try planting layouts for the garden next spring (remember – important to rotate your crops!), In my mind when emptying before winter there are all kinds of ideas that I need on paper. Like to take out. Month.
One thing I noticed this year was about the flowers I planted near the vegetable garden. I chose plants of marigolds, zinnias, and nasturtiums near my vegetables, all of which produced surprising results. I had the best yielding garden, which was not entirely due to this arrangement, but I am sure it was part of the equation.
As I was writing this note to keep in mind for the next year, it made me wonder if there were flowers that should No Be planted near the botanical garden. Sure, marigolds and nasturtiums are great – but are there any no-nos?
Here is all you need to know about the flowers you should avoid planting near the botanical garden – and why.
What is companion planting?
Companion planting is the act of planting certain types of plants on one side to increase certain effects. When done correctly, companion plants work together to increase fertility, suppress weeds, attract pollinators, attract pests and diseases, and / or increase yields.
Not only that, but a botanical garden surrounded by flowers almost always looks more beautiful, and you can tap into the many benefits of companion planting using flowers and vegetables. Your garden can be functional as well as lovely to look at! Some of the most common companion plant pairings are as follows, and some include flowers:
- Beans and Corn
- Marigolds and Tomatoes
- Cabbage and Dill
- Sunflower and squash
- Beans and Marigolds
Companion Flowers vs Trap Plants
Many people confuse companion plants with trap crops, but two are not one and the same. Growing crop crops are often as beneficial as the companion flowering plants that grow, it is important that you know the difference between the two.
The term “trap crop” is often used as it relates to pest management in botanical gardens. While the companion plant grown for pest control is often Repel Insect from the plant, will be a trap crop Attract Pest to the plant.
This seems reasonable, but the theory behind trap crops is that growing them will attract pests like a more desirable non-food crop (like nasturtium) so that they stay away from more desirable food crops (like cucumbers).
Some examples of trap crops include nasturtiums, which attract aphids, as well as cheryl, which is attractive to slugs. Nettles can also attract aphids, while French marigolds used as a flower in companion planting can attract all types of pests, including nematodes, thrips and slugs.
Which flowers should your vegetables not have?
Whether you are planting companion flowers or trapping crops, there are some plants that simply should not be mixed. You will not like the result! Here is something
1. Some bulbs
There are several types of flower bulbs that look almost identical to plants in the Allium family, such as garlic, onion, leek, or scallion. The good news is that most of these bulbs will not cause you any physical harm. However, they won’t taste any good – and they certainly won’t taste like onions.
However, there are some poisonous flower bulbs that can cause serious side effects. For example, both tulips and daffodils contain harmful alkaloids that can cause symptoms such as cramps, dizziness, and stomach upset. While all parts of the plant can produce these effects, it is the bulb that has the highest concentration.
When grown near an onion or flake, there is also the portion you are most at risk of accidentally eating. Avoid preventing this accident by simply planting them in different places.
2. Poisonous Flowers
As a general rule of thumb, any flowers that are poisonous should not be planted near botanical gardens and are considered companion plants. They can look beautiful, and truth be told, you’re probably not going to intentionally pick up those flowers and add them to your lunch salad.
However, you never know when a wrong flower will blow its way into your leaf greens. Harvest and eat it by mistake, and you may suffer from some dangerous side effects.
Oleander, Hardy in areas 9 through 11, is one such example. All parts of the plant are poisonous, including flowers. Foxglove is another poisonous plant, in which leaves, stems, flowers and seeds are harmful to your health.
You have to clean the toxic flowers with gentle relatives like sweet peas. Sweet peas look like regular pea plants when they are growing, but peas are actually toxic.
Remove confusion and keep the two plants separate at harvest time.
There is nothing wrong with growing Happy Vileus flowers there, but you should keep them out of the botanical garden – especially if you are growing legumes like peas and beans. Gladiolus are known to impede the growth of these plants as they grow.
This is a bit misleading, as sunflowers are often grown as companion plants. It is true that growing sunflowers is beneficial in many ways. They attract pollinators and can therefore improve the bloom rate of your entire garden. They also provide support for pole beans and other shiny crops.
However, you need to be careful about planting sunflowers near plants that grow less on the ground but require a lot more sunlight. For example, sunflower inhibits potato growth.
You can definitely grow them near things that like shade, such as rhubarb or mushrooms. You can also grow sunflowers near your cold-loving crops if you expect them to grow in the heat of summer (cauliflower and broccoli are two good examples).
Another option is just to plant your sunflower so that they do not cast a shadow on your sun-loving plants. You may need to make a sun map of your garden to find out where the light falls, but it is worth the time and effort.
This is true of all tall flowers when considered for companion planting. While tall flowers add a lot to a botanical garden in terms of its beauty and attraction to pollinators, you need to keep in mind where you place them so that you don’t see small sun-loving plants.
What flowers can be planted instead?
If you are feeling discouraged by the long list of plants, you cannot grow near your botanical garden, do not worry. There are plenty of other options from which you can choose, including the classic stand-bys of marigolds, petunias and nastarts.
You can always grow flowering herbs, such as lavender or dill, in most cases, too. In this way, you will have a garden that is both edible and ornamental!
When you are trying to decide what a plant is, always consider the unique qualities of vegetable and flower types when considering them for companion planting. Make sure your garden location will meet the basic requirements for all your plants and consider the biggest and most important factor – how much sunlight your garden receives.
Otherwise, avoiding these pairs is a great start as you plan your garden this year or later. Doing so will help ensure that everyone gets along swimmingly!