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Companion Planting for Australian Gardens

Companion Planting for Australian Gardens

Are you looking for more information on companion planting in Australia? Are you frustrated by the fact that most of the information you can find on companion planting doesn't work in Australia? Well 'Companion Planting for Australian Gardens' will solve those problems.

Written by an Australian, for Australian gardeners, this book details a range of companion plants and companion planting techniques that are beneficial to Australian gardens. No longer do you have to rely on companion plants that work in Europe but which have little or no beneficial effects in our very different climate. This book can help you create a high yield, low maintenance garden that suffers less damage from pests and diseases, without the use of expensive chemicals.

Even those who don't live in Australia can benefit from the information in this book because all the techniques and most of the plants in the companion planting lists are effective in other areas too.

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  • Introduction
  • What is Companion Planting?
  • How Does Companion Planting Help?
    • Fertility Improvers
    • Weed Inhibitors
      • Allelopathy
    • Pest Controllers
      • Pest Repellent Plants and Pest Confusing Plants
      • Trap Crops
      • Predator Attracting Plants
    • Attracting Birds
    • Beneficial Insects and Other Predators
    • Mycorrhizal Fungal Sheaths
      • Plants that Form or Benefit from Mycorrhizas
      • Notable Plants that Don't Form Mycorrhizas
  • Companion Planting for Fruit Trees
    • Ground Covers
    • Nutrient Providers and Wind Breaks
    • Companions that Attract Beneficial Insects
    • Other Companions for Fruit Trees
  • Evaluating Companion Planting
  • Plant Lists
    • Allelopathic plants
    • Cover Crops or Green Manures
    • Grass Barriers
    • Companion Plants for Specific Pests
    • Plants that Attract Beneficial Insects
      • Bees and other Pollinators
      • Hoverflies
      • Lacewings
      • Ladybirds
      • Mantids
      • Parasitic Wasps
      • Tachinid Flies
    • General Companion Plants
  • Quick Reference Chart

Companion Planting for Australian Gardens

How does companion planting help?

There are different ways in which companion plants can be of benefit to the home gardener and they generally fall under three categories:

  • Fertility improvers
  • Weed inhibitors
  • Pest controllers

By planting companions from each of these categories, you will not only ensure the diversity that reduces plant competition and makes it harder for pests to find their targets, you can also improve the fertility of your soil, reduce the amount of weeding you have to do and help control specific pests. All of this saves you time, makes gardening more enjoyable and also results in better looking gardens and healthier produce. Companion planting can also be helpful in other ways. I've already mentioned that diversity reduces competition for both nutrients and space but you can take this one step further. If you select companions that mature at different rates - a fast maturing plant like a radish and a slower maturing plant like a carrot for example - you can fit even more plants into one area because the radishes can be harvested before the slower maturing carrots need the extra space. In a monoculture, you have to plant the carrots the same distance apart and thus when the carrots are small, the excess space between the carrots is wasted. Plant diversity also encourages local wildlife, such as birds and butterflies, to visit and even live in your garden. This is great for the environment at a time when many animals are losing habitat but it also adds to the enjoyment you can derive from your garden. After all, who doesn't like to see fauna like the beautiful Rosella in their garden?

Want to learn how to prevent weeds from invading your garden beds? Companion Planting for Australian Gardens has a section that will tell you how to do just that. There's also a section on allelopathy.

Would you like to attract beneficial insects to your garden? Companion Planting for Australian Gardens contains a chapter detailing companion plants that attract specific beneficial insects such as bees, ladybirds and lacewings.

Are your garden beds brimming with pests or are your plants succumbing to diseases? Companion planting for Australian Gardens lists companion plants that will help control a range of garden pests and both prevent and treat a range of plant diseases. This book also contains all the information you need in order to successfully incorporate companion plants into your garden.

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