The top flowers to use as companion plants not only benefit the vegetables you grow, they add even more color and interest to your vegetable garden. Some flowers attract insects necessary for pollination, while others repel pests or increase the health and production of their companion plants.
Geraniums and petunias have the same effect in the organic garden. They draw pests away from grapes, tomatoes, potatoes, green peppers and other members of the nightshade family. Plant geraniums and petunias along the outer boundaries of the vegetable garden. White geraniums attract Japanese beetles. The beetles eat their foliage and die.
The root systems of both French and Mexican marigold varieties produce a natural, long-lasting pesticide that repels nematodes. The natural pesticide can be found in the soil for up to five years. It's easy to see why marigolds are one of the top flowers to use as companion plants.
Yarrow, another one of the top flowers to use as companion plants, increases the overall health of any plant it is near. Not only does yarrow benefit other plants, it improves the health of soil and is extremely beneficial when added to the compost pile.
Some people see clover as a nuisance weed and set about destroying it every year. Before dong that consider the fact that clover is considered a "green manure". It adds nitrogen to the soil. Nitrogen is necessary for healthy, productive plants. Clover also provides food and shelter for ground beetles, who prey on cabbage worms.
Zinnias are another one of the top flowers to use as companion plants. They attract pollinating insects, such as bees, to the organic garden. They also attract hummingbirds who feast on whiteflies. Zinnias act as a trap crop for Japanese beetles.
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thank you for your list of top flowers to use as companion plants to help the growth of the others.
Zinnias are my favorite, especially easy to grow from seed. They are also wonderful for attracting a wide variety of butterflies.
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