Gardening can be such a peaceful and fulfilling hobby. Imagine the feeling of harvesting your own vegetables, fruits and herbs that you so lovingly planted and cared for.
Soil conditions, weather, and other environmental factors can always change how you need to garden which makes it interesting. You learn as you go and will forever be mixing things up a bit to create the most bountiful garden.
Your garden doesn’t have to simply be fruits, vegetables and herbs though. Did you know that by planting some marigolds you will attract nature’s natural pollinators? Honeybees love marigolds and the flowers will provide some much needed shade for any fruits or vegetables that grow beneath it.
Potatoes, Beans, and leeks actually will thrive near marigolds and should be planted near them. Strawberries also benefit certain plants they are planted near. Mint, Borage, spinach and lettuce do well when planted near strawberries. However, cabbage, cauliflower and broccoli should not be planted anywhere near strawberries.
Leeks grow best near marigolds, carrots and onions but should not be planted near beans. Carrots produce the best flavor when grown near sage, beans and melons but do not grow well near celery or dill. Broccoli grows well next to oregano, beans, rosemary and chamomile but does not thrive when planted near strawberries.
As you can see, by organizing a chart of what grows best by other fruits and vegetables you will be able to decide the order of planting in your garden. Sometimes it can be as simple as one plant between two others which acts as a divide that will also thrive. Marigolds and sunflowers will attract the pollinators that your garden so desperately needs.
Proper garden placement can result in a garden that experiences reduction in the bugs that can be destructive but an increase in the bugs that will actually help maintain garden quality. Implementing proper garden placement can benefit the taste and quality of your crop.