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. The Beneficial Companion Plants Collection includes one package of each of the following varieties. Click on any variety for more product information;
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 Calendula 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. Pesky mosquitoes will also stay away so you can garden in peace!
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.
Genovese 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.
Dmytro's Ukrainian Dill - Attracts beneficial ladybugs, which eat aphids. Dill is also a food source for caterpillars and butterflies.
Gigante di Napoli Parsley - Attracts beneficial insects to protect and pollinate tomatoes. Plant these herbs between tomatoes.
German Chamomile - Known for its anti-bacterial and anti-fungal benefits, chamomile also improves the growth and flavour of many plants. Gardeners have long used chamomile as a companion plant in their fruit orchards. Plant next to species of the Brassica Family such as broccoli, cabbage, kale, turnip etc.