Plants that make good neighbors
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▪ Tomatoes and basil: Like the rest of the pairings below, tomato and basil plants help each other thrive when planted together. Basil emits a strong scent that repels pests, and the basil flower attracts pollinators.
▪ Lettuce and tomatoes: Lettuce needs shade, so it likes being near tomatoes. It’s also happy near chives or garlic, which repel beetles and aphids.
▪ Broccoli and calendula: Calendula offers a twin shield against aphids: Its sticky stem attracts and traps the pests, and its orange blossom lures in aphid-munching ladybugs.
▪ Radishes and carrots: These two root vegetables do well together because radishes don’t compete for nutrients with the deeper tap roots on carrots.
▪ Melons, squash, and flowering herbs: Squash and melons won’t grow if their flowers aren’t pollinated. Invite the bees and butterflies in by planting dill, fennel, or parsley. Source: Country Living ■