Beneficial Companion Plants
When planning your gardens it is a good idea to choose companion plants to help with pest control, pollination, providing habitat for beneficial insects, maximizing use of space, and to otherwise increase crop productivity. When you order this collection, you will save 10%. The Companion Plants Collection includes one package of each of the following varieties. Click on any variety for more product information;
Black Velvet Nasturtium - Known to attract aphids away from the crop in production. Its attractive flowers help attract beneficial insects, which prey on aphids. Growing cucumbers up a trellis, allowing the nasturtiums, which have a unique scent that seems to repel pests, grow in a colourful tumble underneath. Nasturtiums also lure hungry caterpillars away from brassicas like cabbage and broccoli.
Baba’s Calendula Mix - Repels whitefly from tomatoes and aphids away from beans and brassica's. Calendula also attracts beneficial insects, including ladybirds, lacewings and hoverflies, which prey on aphids. These flowers exude a sticky substance on their stems that attract aphids and traps them. We plant Nasturtiums next to brassica crops, specifically broccoli and pac choy which keeps the aphid pressure down significantly. Plus, we find that beneficial ladybugs like to dine on the trapped aphids. A win-win situation!
Queen Sophia Marigold - A very fragrant scented floral that keeps many pests like white flies away from your tomatoes and peppers. Pesty mosquitoes will also stay away so you can garden in peace!
Borage - This is an attractive plant with hairy leaves that have a slight cucumber flavour. Its delicate blue flowers are a magnet for pollinators, such as bees, butterflies and hoverflies, which all pollinate your desired crops. If planted nearby, borage can prevent attack from tomato hornworm and is said to improve the flavour of strawberries.
German Thyme - Makes a great companion plant for your rose gardens. The strong scent deters blood sucking black flies. A tea made from soaking thyme leaves and sprayed on cabbages can prevent whiteflies from moving in.
Wormwood - A strongly scented herb that can deter aphids and flea beetles from attacking neighbouring plants. Its yellow flowers attract hoverflies, lacewings and ladybirds, which prey on aphids.
Common Chives - When planted alongside carrots, its strong scent confuses and deters the carrot root fly which can smell carrots from up to a mile away.
Cilantro - Discourages potato beetles, attracts hoverflies and can be made into a tea to formulate a spray used to eradicate spider mites.
Thai Basil - Pairs well with tomatoes, repelling whiteflies, mosquitoes, spider mites and aphids. Basil also attracts bees, which improves pollination to neighbouring crops such as Cucurbits.
Gigante di Napoli Parsley - Draws harmful insects away from tomatoes, corn, carrots, onions and chives. Repels asparagus beetle and attracts predatory wasps.
Tansy - Discourages cutworm, which attacks asparagus, bean, cabbage, carrot, celery, corn, lettuce, pea, pepper, potato, and tomato plants. Tansy needs to be contained since it can become invasive. Container or raised bed planting is recommended.