Garlic is a staple of companion planting. It produces a natural fungicide that benefits many plants in organic gardens and repels many pests.With a little planning, the organic garden will benefit immensely from garlic.
Things You Will Need
- Garden gloves
- Garden hose
- Garden Spade
Plan your garden, herb and flower bed ahead of time because garlic should be planted in the fall. Use markers to identify where you have planted garlic so as not to disturb them in the spring when you begin to plant companion plants near them.
Plant garlic bulbs near roses. In the organic garden, garlic assists roses with disease prevention, repels aphids, ants, snails and other pests.
Plant garlic as a beneficial companion to vegetables such as spinach, potatoes, eggplant, tomatoes, peppers, cabbage, broccoli and kohlrabi to fend off aphids, cabbage worms, slugs and other pests. Plant garlic and carrots together to confuse carrot flies and avoid root maggots. Garlic and beets are beneficial to each other in fending off various leaf hoppers, destructive worms and flying pests. Garlic repels fungus gnats, codling moths, cabbage loopers and Japanese beetles in an organic garden.
Plant garlic amongst herbs such as yarrow, summer savory, rue, chamomile and dill. Garlic will repel spider mites for dill. Rue deters maggots for garlic. Yarrow and summer savory improve the overall health and production of garlic and chamomile will improve its flavor.
Plant garlic with flower companions such as marigold, nasturtium, geranium and petunias to repel pests above and below ground. Garlic will also aid in deterring pests from these flowers in an organic garden. Deer and rabbits may also stay away from flowers when garlic is used as a companion plant.
Plant garlic away from where beans, peas, parsley and sage are going to be planted. These plants will be harmed by the closeness of garlic.