Companion planting is often overlooked in the gardening world, but it has massive benefits for setups of any size.

Whether you’re starting a  self-sufficient backyard farm or just growing a few crops on a balcony, companion planting can be a massive help.

In this story, we’ll cover the basics of companion planting so you can learn how to apply it to your next gardening adventure.

What is Companion Planting?

Companion planting is the concept of grouping together mutually beneficial crops.

Benefits of Companion Planting

The point of companion planting is to create a community of plants that help each other.

Considerations Before Getting Started

Companion planting isn’t necessarily a beginner’s technique. To get the most from it, you need to be fairly knowledgeable about crops.


Interplanting is a useful way to save space. If you can fit several different crops in the same pot, why wouldn’t you? However, cramming something like potatoes and carrots into a 10-gallon pot and leaving it be won’t work.

Understanding Distance

Equally, not all companion plants need to live in the same soil. If you’re using crops to deter pests or attract pollinators, keeping them nearby will be enough.

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