1: What is companion planting?
Companion planting, simply put, is growing two different plants side by side, or together for a specific purpose. If you have an insect problem you can grow two different plants together, as companions; one plant may repel pests from the other. Some companions will provide shelter or nourishment for beneficial insects. Some plants simply make great companions because they have different rooting depths, or plant heights and don't compete for nutrients or sunlight.
3: Benefits of companion planting:
- Soil improvement: some plants will make more nutrients available in the soil for the other plants that are planted nearby.
- Rooting patterns: some plants are known to grow very deep roots while others are fairly shallow, this allows for more nutrients to be brought up and used in the same soil if these plants are grown together as companions.
- Nutrient needs: some plants are heavy feeders while others are light to moderate feeders, you can see how these different plants could do very well together.
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