Companion Planting in Permaculture

Pumpkin and kaleHere are some of the combinations that have worked really well for me this summer here at Bealtaine Cottage. Pumpkins, Kale and Nasturtium…the bees love the flowers on the Nasturtium, bringing them in towards the Pumpkin flowers.

Celery and RudbeckiaAnother strange but beautiful combination…Celery and Rudbeckia.

Rudbeckia is late flowering and especially useful in a potager bed, making lots of babies that can be potted on and sold at the market next Spring.

Parsley and SedumParsley and Sedum…Sedum is the last meal of the year for the bees and will ensure adequate nutrition for their long hibernation. This is the Sedum, Autumn Spectabalis, which makes lots of babies for potting up!

Tomatoes and FeverfewTomatoes, Feverfew, Borage and flat leaf Parsley…all very happy and thriving together in this potager bed. This is the way I grow all my fruit and vegetables…to the point where no soil is exposed. It works great every year!

KaleYoung Kale with Sedum and Nasturtium. The plants are continually surrounded with shredding. I make shredding from what I cut at Bealtaine Cottage and put it back onto the earth to build up soil. I use an electric garden shredder.

Corn and kaleSweetcorn and Kale in one of the potager beds outdoors.

Lemon Balm and RocketLemon Balm and Rocket…both go great together in a salad as well!

Working in the potagerPotager beds are the focus of companion planting in extremis!

Colette in one of the orchardsThe next harvest in the fruit gardens is the from the Apple trees. Plenty this year!

Potager bedsMeanwhile, the work continues in the potager beds.

bee on courgette flowerOne of the many workers supporting Bealtaine Cottage.

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  1. I love the connection and support each plant brings to the other. Thank you for posting these companions. I am totally restructuring my garden over next few months to start with better bones and this kind of support. I only have a small courtyard, but can definitely see the benefits for these plantings 🙂 AND all the benefits I will get with babies to take to our local Swap, Shuffle, Share 🙂

  2. Hello – would you have any suggestions on how to keep the Kale free from the little white butterflies? I have a real issue with them and am now considering netting everything, they demolish pretty much the entire crop 🙁 Do you not have any issues with them at all?

  3. Lovely to get this particular blog as I am in the making of my first veggie garden in France; all a bit different to Tuscany. We now have a heat-wave and I’m glad that I’ve left a cover of weeds, which are now giving up to some of the flowers I seeded there. It seems crazy to have bare soil when this sort of weather hits.

  4. Beautiful! I wish I could garden this way, but I would not be able to keep track of what needs to be done. I do companion plant and combine similar veggies as you but not so close together. Do you ever have problems with plants not having enough air circulation?

  5. I looked out of the bedroom window this morning and saw the low cloud sitting in a valley, the car has misty condensation on the windscreen and mirrors, the leaves of the trees have a slight reddish tinge, there is that exciting coolness in the air, all the soft fruits are picked and stored and this year, the apple and plum trees are bowing to the ground with so much fruit, it is almost obscene. Autumn is my favourite time of year.

  6. Do you have any suggestions for companion planting with plum trees, which might deter pests? I think the maggotty things inside many of my plums are from fruit moths, but whatever they are, I could do with something that discourages them – do you know whether planting something very aromatic around the tree would confuse the pests and keep them away? Any suggestions gratefully received! 🙂


    • I am not familiar with pests in plum trees. However, I can tell you how I grow plums here that are pest free. First, in a spot where the air can circulate adequately and keep the centre of the tree open. Plant lots of mint around the tree…mine is near watermint. Finally, I have seen plum trees in Romania, when I visited there, circled with white-wash, or lime wash each Spring to keep the bugs from climbing the tree. I hope this helps.
      Colette X

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