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Intercropping of plants in the garden: inspired by the synergic garden associations, here's how to combine the plants to grow in the garden.
Each period is the right one to start grow vegetables but, without a doubt, between spring and summer we have more possibilities! The mild spring climate almost seems to invite us to put on a green thumb, shorten our sleeves and start working the soil. Which vegetables to grow on our garden on the terrace or in the open field? To decide which plants to grow, it is possible to rely on the principles of intercropping vegetables, a very useful practice especially appreciated in synergistic agriculture.
Theassociations of plants in the gardenthey are important when growing in the ground but even more so when growing the garden on the balcony in order to optimize space.
What is the use of associating the right plants in the garden
There are natural remedies to avoid or minimize the use of pesticides and insecticides in the garden, the associationis among them.
By cultivating certain plants together, a relationship can be achievedsynergistic, a sort of alliance that aims to fight parasites and provide the necessary nutrients to the soil.
So the advantages of theintercropping between plants in the gardencan be summarized as follows: on the one hand theconsociations they improve soil fertility and on the other hand lower the risk of parasitic attacks.
Thereassociationis a very used practice insynergistic agriculture. A well-established synergistic vegetable garden manages to keep itself in perfect balance also thanks to the right combination of plants to be grown in the same flowerbed.
Intercropping of plants in the garden
In this paragraph we report the best consociations that you can experience in your garden.
Garlic, to be grown with strawberries, raspberries, carrots and turnips
Garlic has a repellent effect against a large number of parasites. The garlic plant is recommended in various circumstances: garlic has excellent antibacterial functions and plays the role of a natural pesticide (garlic as a pesticide).
Basil, to be grown with tomatoes
The cultivation of tomatoes can be improved by basil which improves their taste and helps to keep tomato lice away.
Parsley to grow with tomatoes or peppers
Parsley can be grown at the base of tomato or pepper plants because it acts as a repellent against aphids.
Onion to grow with celery or carrot
Onions can be grown together with celery and carrots. The two pairs of vegetables help each other by generating a repellent effect against parasites.
Mint, oregano, cabbage, lettuce, marjoram and thyme
Marjoram and thyme should be grown in vegetable beds while it is good to combine mint and oregano with cabbage and lettuce.
Intercropping with aromatic plants in the garden
In the previous paragraph we have already talked about aromatic herbs such as thyme, marjoram, parsley, basil, celery, oregano and mint. In this paragraph we report some consociationsuseful to be implemented in the cultivation of less widespread aromatic plants.
Chives can be grown together with carrots because it improves their taste and development.
Cumin improves the structure of the soil making it softer, try growing it here and there throughout the garden.
Avoid associating it with carrots, better cultivate it with cabbage.
To grow with cabbage, beans, carrots and sage. Its aromatic compounds are able to remove cabbage, carrot fly andEpilachna varivestis, an insect from the ladybird family.
You can sow it near roses and raspberries to ward off parasitic insects. Absolutely not to be grown together with basil.
It can repel various volatile insects that attack fruit trees. Grown together with raspberries, roses or fruit trees.
- Lemon balm and valerian
It improves the flavor and development of tomatoes while valerian can be grown anywhere in the garden.