Kale: Companion Planting.
If you're new here, you might be wondering, what is Companion Planting?
Well, companion planting is a time-tested gardening method that enriches and protects vulnerable crops. Farmers and gardeners plant specific crops near each other in order to deter pests, attract beneficial insects, and stimulate growth. Here at Highland Mountain Farm Companion Planting is very important!
7 Companion Plants to Grow with Kale
Kale (Brassica oleracea) is a leafy green vegetable and a member of the cabbage family. Varieties very. Avoid planting kale with other brassicas (like broccoli, kohlrabi, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, and Swiss chard), as they can fall prey to the same pests and diseases. Beneficial companion plants to grow alongside kale include:
- Cilantro: Cilantro is one of the best companion plants for kale because it attracts beneficial insects like hoverflies that prey on common pests like aphids.
- Dill: Dill is more than just a great ingredient for pickling; it makes a good companion plant for kale and other vegetables. In addition to attracting pollinators that aid plant growth, dill attracts beneficial insects that prey on pests. Planting dill near kale will protect kale seedlings as they mature.
- Alliums: Alliums like chives, shallots, and leeks deter common pests like flea beetles, cabbage loopers, and aphids that prey on kale leaves.
- Legumes: Legumes of all varieties enrich the soil around your kale by increasing the soil’s nitrogen content. Planting pole beans or bush beans in your garden can help you grow healthy, flavorful kale.
- Catnip: Catnip is a useful companion plant that can aid a variety of vegetables and flowers by repelling pests and attracting beneficial insect predators. Plant catnip around your garden to protect your kale from pests.
- Marigolds (My Favorite!): Flowers like marigolds and sweet alyssum attract hoverflies that feed on aphids and prevent them from damaging your kale plants.
- Buckwheat: Buckwheat serves as a ground cover, sealing moisture in the soil and smothering weeds so your kale can grow in ideal conditions. Buckwheat also attracts beneficial insects and increases the nitrogen content of the soil.
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