Depending on how familiar you are with gardening and agriculture, you may or may not know how various plants affect the soil, or what kinds of soils different plants prefer.
For instance, many farmers rotate corn and soybeans because the two crops use the soil in different ways that are beneficial to each other. More particularly, soybeans are a nitrogen-fixer, meaning they add nitrogen back to the soil which the corn needs. And so, by rotating those two crops, farmers can actually increase the yields and quality of both crops, because of how the two crops affect the soil.
You can use some of the same principles in your garden. For instance, some plants prefer slightly more acidic soil, and so planting them near plants that change the soil pH in favorable ways can help those plants grow better.
To help you with your garden, we’re sharing the poster below.
As you can see, each potential garden plant is then matched with other plants it grows well with—as well as plants you should keep it away from.
While planting your garden in such a way may not make a huge difference, it can certainly make a difference, and may also mean you need to use fewer chemicals in your garden.
If you want to learn more, check out master gardener Sally Jean Cunningham’s book, Great Garden Companions.
If you try these tips, let us know how it works for you!
h/t: Our Daily Ideas