Each fall I make out a chart of where I plan to plant my vegetable rows working off a five year rotation plan and my compatibility charts. After just reading an article on plant compatibility which suggests ideas like planting an alternating clove of garlic in your cabbage row got me to thinking about how this method might work with various compatible crops. I have always been obsessed with which row crops should be planted next to each other, but with more than thirty sixty foot rows it never occurred to me that you could mix other compatible plants into each row which would enhance the production of one or both of the plants as well as drive off pesky insects.
Duh! Have I had my head in a dark place or what! Toss in an occasional bean seed in your potato rows to drive off the Colorado Potato Beetle. Or place some onions, chives, garlic, leeks, or scallions randomly among your cabbage family plants to chase off those pesky white cabbage butterflies which leave behind their eggs hatching into hundreds of green larvae which drill thousands of holes into cabbages and their other family plants.
This concept seems so simple I just canít imagine why I have been overlooking it for so long. Maybe itís just me, but wake up morgan, itís time to get your head out of that dark place. I presume most of you already know this and have lots of great ideas on the subject besides planting marigolds in the corners of your gardens.