Over the last few weeks I've been deciding on what route I wanted to go on my allotment, I didn't and don't want to use chemicals. Also with the plot being less than the size of a normal allotment growing space is at a premium, so after searching the inter webby and various books, forums etc I came across the square foot method. This method encompasses various ideas but the one that caught my eye mostly was companion growing, companion growing which means in a way one plant being a bodyguard to another. So below and on future posts I'll give you an idea on the plant buddy system, so in no particular order we start with.
Marigolds :- Helps attract hover flies which in turn can control the aphid population, it is also said to help deter rabbits.
Helps - Fruit Trees, Beans, Broccoli, Brussels, Cabbages, Cauliflower, Lettuce, Roses, Strawberries and Tomatoes.
Basil :- Is one of the heavyweights in the buddy system helping to repel flies and mosquitoes, it also helps enhance the flavour of tomatoes, asparagus, peppers and oregano. Although it's advised not to plant near sage and not near rosemary as it can kill the rosemary plant.
Helps - Apricots, Asparagus, Chives, Cucumber, Fennel and Tomatoes.
Dislikes - Rosemary and Sage.
The last of the first three of our bodyguards is.
Alliums :- Bodyguards come in all shapes and sizes even flowers, alliums are said to repel all kinds from slugs, aphids and cabbage worms to the dreaded carrot fly. Best planted near tomatoes, peppers, potatoes, cabbage, broccoli, kohlrabi and carrots helping to keep the nasties from getting to them. I can see it now, Saturday night telling an aphid it's not coming in and giving it a good kicking round the back of the greenhouse.