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Companion Planting Guide (PHOTOS)

Huffington Post     First Posted: 07/28/10 01:13 PM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 06:10 PM ET

Companion planting is one of the most beneficial and miraculous gardening techniques. Whether you decide to match vegetables with other vegetables, vegetables with herbs, or vegetables with your favorite flowers, this symbiotic relationship benefits you, your garden and the environment. Companion planting increases harvest rates, serves as natural pest control, fertilizes soil, creates shade and reaps an impressive garden.

Did you know that lettuce is a companion plant to carrots, radishes, cucumbers and strawberries? Or that beans improve herb growth?

Before you marry off your garden, check out our slideshow of seven options for companion planting. As always, we want to hear from you. Tell us about your successful companion planting pairings in the comments.

Vegetable Marriages
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Companion plant corn, squash and beans are called the “three sisters." This vegetable triumvirate was created by Native Americans who planted the companion plants together to ensure a balanced diet. The tall stalks from the corn shade the growing beans while the squash shelters the soil, which deters weed growth, protecting the corn and bean crop. Cabbage, cauliflower, collards, broccoli, and kale are often coupled with onions. Sugar snap peas benefit radishes. Perhaps, the most surprising of vegetable marriages is that of chamomile and onions. Chamomile is believed to improve the growth rate and flavor of onions. However, some matches aren't meant to last. Beans and onions or corn and tomatoes will only cause some marital woes.

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