Companion Planting is a simple but effective concept for increased yield and protection against diseases and pests. It works because many plants attract or repel different insects. So if a crop is prone to aphids, planting it together with a crop which attracts aphid eaters is going to benefit the gardener. Companion planting is a great way to reduce the damage from slugs.
Additionally, Due to pheremones and other chemicals within plants, some good companions can actually help enhance the growth rate and flavor of a crop.
Companion planting ideas
Here is a list of some companion planting ideas to try with your crops:
Basil - Carrots
Beans - Cucumbers, Peas
Carrots - Carrots, Chives, Lettuce, Rosemary, Radish, Sage
Chives - Carrots
Cucumbers - Beans, Carrots, Onions
Lettuce - Runner Beans, Carrots, Cucumbers, Onions, Radishes
Onions - Cabbage, Carrots, Cucumber, Lettuce, Pepper, Tomatoes
Peas - Lettuce, Beans, Carrots,
Rosemary - Beans, Carrots
Roses - Garlic,
Sage - Carrots, Peas, Beans
Tomatoes - Basil, Carrots