On this episode, I talk about companion
planting for cold season vegetables in your garden. Hi everyone, I’m Bryan Traficante from
GardenInMinutes.com and this is episode #20 of Easy Growing. On today’s episode I
will be talking about companion planting for cold season plants and some of the
options you have to choose from. If you’re unfamiliar with companion
planting, it’s basically the process of neighboring plants that produce a
mutually beneficial relationship. So for instance, if one plant is very nitrogen
dependent and another one produces a lot of nitrogen they may work well next to
each other. If one plant requires more shade from direct sunlight and another one likes to have a ton of Sun they may go well next to each other. And so on. When you think about the fall, winter, spring and cold season or colder season gardening
times of year. The types of plants you can grow generally fall into more rustic and
hardy variety; so you have things such as leafy greens and root vegetables and generally staying away from the fruiting vegetables. Fruiting vegetables
generally do better in warmer weather… Alright so the first plant we’re going
to discuss for our cold season companion planting are beets. Beets generally do
well next to your leafy greens, onions and bush beans. Now the next item is going to be your carrots. Carrots, they of course will do well next year beets. They also do well next to onions and peas. Now one thing to kind of keep in
mind though as we go further into this, onions and peas generally don’t go well
together in terms of companion planting. So, when you decide what you’re gonna
plant next to your carrots you have to decide between the two. Alright, our next companion plant for cold season gardening, is going to be spinach.
Spinach, we already said goes really well next to your beets and next to your carrots, but for spinach itself, some of the best companions for
it, believe it or not the warmer season plants. Spinach can grow well in your colder seasons, but can also grow into warmer season as well as long as
it doesn’t get too hot. Next to spinach, you can plant things
such as your celery, strawberry and eggplant. Those all tend to do very well and have
a mutually beneficial relationship with growing spinach. Alright, the last
companion plant is something we’ve already covered a couple of times now as
companions for the other plants and that is onions. Onions as we
mentioned earlier, do really well with beets, carrots, leafy greens, but what you
want to do is avoid planting them next to some other common plants. Onions
don’t do well next to peas and they don’t do well next to beans. So while
some of those may be companions to the ones we listed earlier, make sure you keep
them away from your peas and beans to have a better production. Alright, that’s it for Easy Growing episode 20. Thank you all so much for watching. Just
a quick recap; fall, winter, spring even though they may be a cooler time of year,
you can still grow a lot in your garden. Take advantage of plants that do well
with the colder weather and then also plant companions next to them to help
them produce an even better yield. Every season has some kind of plant that can
do well in it. As long as you’re not extremely, extremely cold and basically
just take advantage of the time of year, take advantage of the plants you can grow and
make the most of your garden. Alright, that’s it! Thank you all so much for watching. Have a great day!