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  • Though it may take a little time at first when you are doing all the research, like which plants to pair and which ones you should avoid sticking together. But the end result speaks for itself.

    So, take on this ancient and time-tested gardening method and learn all the basics of companion planting!

    1. Mix-it-Up

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    Strong-scented leaves are efficient in repelling a lot of critters. So, grow herbs in every possible space around the garden and in between veggies. Mint, for example, can be a multipurpose deterrent and can be grown alongside carrots, radishes, onions, and even tomatoes.

    3. Shade-friendly

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    It may be tempting to grow plants together based on how quick or slow they mature and bloom. But, there is a more effective gardening method called ‘intercropping’.

    It utilises any available space in the garden to deter weeds and stop them from robbing your plants of water, light and nutrients.

    5. Prioritise Diversity

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    Though there are plants that complement each other in deterring pests, stopping weed growth and inviting wildlife, others bring harm more than good. Some may exude toxins that can either limit another plant’s development or cause rapid growth and take an unfair share of nutrients.

    For example, planting tomatoes alongside any member of the cabbage family can slow down the tomatoes’ growth. You also need to make sure not to grow plants that attract the same pests together.

    Doing so would risk your crops getting damaged. For example, by planting tomatoes and corn in close proximity, pests are sure to increase in your garden!

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