Vegetable garden: which plants go well together

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Who has never felt the desire to tend a vegetable garden, perhaps a small one for growing vegetables and fruits? Without any doubt, taking care of plants and then being able to pick their fruits is a unique experience to be tried at least once in your life. But before getting down to work, it’s better to consider some useful, to say the least, information to avoid any bitter disappointment. Not all plants can be planted close to each other. Below, you will find some useful tips. All you need is a pen and paper.


What you need to know about intercropping

As previously mentioned, not all plants can grow close together. Others, instead, are not only able to grow a few centimetres apart but also help each other. Basically, it is absolutely not recommended to dedicate oneself to the vegetable garden in a completely random way. First of all, it is interesting to point out that the practice of growing more than one vegetable together is known as intercropping.


Obviously, so-called antipathies between vegetables are not easy to explain, but they must be taken into account for successful sowing. Aromatic plants, for example, should always be present in every vegetable garden. They manage to keep some insects away from vegetables and, therefore, to a certain extent protect them from external agents. What about lettuces? As for lettuces, it is necessary to consider the fact that lettuces have what are known as bundled roots that spread over the ground surface. That’s why radishes can be sown near a lettuce plant because their roots, instead, grow downwards.


Another example of perfect co-existence is broad beans and potatoes.  They defend each other from external agents and, by being close, can grow healthy. Coriander can also come to the aid of potatoes, which, among other things, can also help tomatoes to keep aphids away. Chives, on the other hand, help carrots to become really very flavoursome. Carrots can also be planted next to leeks, which help to keep flies away.
In short, these are some simple rules that you should bear in mind if you want to enjoy the fruits of your sowing.


Intercropping: some examples


Here are some examples for creating a perfect vegetable garden:

1) Garlic can be sown next to strawberries, carrots, raspberries, turnips, tomatoes and cucumbers but it must stay at a distance from peas, beans and cabbage;

2) Basil can be planted near tomatoes but it must stay at a distance from rue;

3) Cucumbers can be planted close to parsley, cabbage, onions, lettuce and peas but not close to potatoes, radishes and, above all, tomatoes;

4) Strawberries can co-exist with onions, leeks, radishes and green beans but not with cabbage or fennel.


Now that everything is clearer, all you have to do is get to work and start sowing.


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