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LIFESTYLE: Working with Nature
by Larissa of www.giggleicious.com
I feel the best gardens are those
plants are given sufficient space
pests.
where nature has been allowed
and the voracious are kept in check.
• Carrots and leeks ward off each
to spread, gently guided by green
She also gave me some valuable
others’ pests.
fingers so as not to entirely take
advice on “companion planting” and
• Nasturtium planted with brassicas
over. My mother, Jenny Joice, has a
“complimentary planting”.
work as magnets for caterpillars
cottage garden like that, full of an which will hopefully keep the
abundance of flowers, herbs, fruit
Companion planting
caterpillars away from your
trees and vegetables which make cabbages.
her practically self sufficient.
My mother says, “Understanding the
• Dill planted in the garden will attract
nature of the plant, insect, animal or
aphid-eating hoverflies.
I visited her recently and we
human species is the key to enabling
• Chervil is helpful in keeping aphids
discussed how she helps her garden
it to flourish at its maximum. Within
off lettuce.
to flourish. She explained that she
the species, every living thing also
works co-operatively with nature,
has its own unique nature. You have
Complimentary planting - Fruits
rather than fighting it and that this
to understand that if you want the
and vegetables that look great
is what makes the difference. As we
best for its life in relationship to all
amongst flowers in a border
explored the garden, she showed
other life.”
me how her planting scheme
• Runner beans and sweet peas look
• Alpine strawberries (these do not
was designed to incorporate the
wonderful planted together growing
tire out like normal strawberries).
wild alongside the cultivated in a
up the same trellis.
• Tomatillos and sweetcorn work
complimentary way. She gives nature
• Marigolds, basil, borage and garlic
wonderfully at the back of borders.
a helping hand to maintain balance
planted amongst tomatoes and
• Kale.
ensuring that the more vulnerable
carrots ward off white fly and other
• Swiss chard ‘Bright Lights’ (deep
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