Learning the Companion Planting Tips for Peppers is a great way to becoming an organic vegetable gardener. Making sure that the vegetables you grow are healthy and pesticide-free.
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Companion planting in organic gardening is the planting of different crops in proximity forpest control, pollination, and providing habitat for beneficial creatures without having to use pesticides.
Several insect pests attack pepper plants, especially bell pepper. Though typically Peppers are grown without serious issues, however it is always best be proactive when organic gardening. Plants that are good neighbors to peppers are onion, geranium, tomato, carrot, and basil.
You can plant all of these except the tomato at the base of your pepper plants to maximize garden space while helping to protect the peppers and attract beneficial insects at the same time.
Organic gardeners like myself know that a varying mix of plants makes for a healthy and beautiful garden. We also believe that certain plant combinations have the ability to help each other grow. Using companion planting and crop rotation in your garden not only will help keep pests at a minimum, naturally, but will help the overall health of your soil.
Scientific study of companion planting has confirmed that some combinations have real benefits unique to those combinations. Many plants have a natural substance in their roots, leaves, flowers, etc that repel and/or attract insects. Years of experience has demonstrated to me how to grow certain plants along side one another for their mutual benefit.
How does companion planting work?
- Companions help each other grow—Tall plants, for example, provide shade for sun-sensitive shorter plants. Example: Tomatoes shading the Nastirium
- Companions use garden space efficiently—Vining plants cover the ground, upright plants grow up. Two plants in one patch. Example: Sweet peas growing up a trellis, with radishes growing at the base.
- Companions prevent pest problems—Plants like onions repel some pests. Other plants can lure pests away from more desirable plants.
The graphic below is perfect to save to your Pinterest Gardening board to use as a reminder of who is a good neighbor for your Peppers.
Don’t forget to check out my other companion planting tips for Tomatoes and Cruciferous Vegetables.