Companion planting is a great natural, organic way to protect your juicy homegrown strawberries in addition it encourages growth and produces even sweeter crops.
Gardeners have been using the companion planting method for hundreds of years. In the natural environment plants grow together providing beneficial habitats for wildlife like pollinators. It encourages insects which feed on garden pests like aphids and discourages other invaders. Companion planting creates insect diversity, feeds nutrients to the soil and increases crop growth and yields.
Some of the best known plants to work are:
Companion planting with Borage
Borage (Borage officinalis) is a wonder herb with cucumber flavoured leaves with blue, edible star shaped petals. This garden favourite repels most garden pests. Planting borage with strawberries will encourage pollinators, increasing fruit production.
Marjoram (Origanum majorana) is a garden herb much like oregano, but with a sweeter flavour. When grown together with strawberries it can enhance the sweet flavour of the berries. Marjoram is a good companion plant for growing in any kitchen garden.
Companion planting with Alliums
Onions (Allium cepa) are a must have in the garden. Alliums include garlic, leeks and chives. They repel aphids, slugs and other pests.
Nasturtium (Tropaeolum majus) is a garden favourite with beautiful, edible flowers. This plant is a must have companion plant. It will repel aphids, white fly and other pests. Nasturtium attract pollinators and predatory insects making them an attractive companion plant.
Marigold (Calendula officinalis) is another wonder plant for any garden. Marigolds pair well with most plants, providing protection from nematodes and other pests and their flowers are also edible.
Avoid planting strawberries with any brassica such as cabbage, strawberries can impair their growth.
I love companion planting. It supports insect diversity, attracts pollinators, feeds the soil with healthy nutrients and decreases garden pests. Why wouldn’t you consider companion planting when this simple gardening method offers so many benefits?
There are many more plant species which are positive and negative strawberry companions. Tell me about your favourites in the comments section below.