It is important to have a diverse mix of plant types for a healthy as well as beautiful garden. If you do your homework, you'll discover that by simply choosing to plant certain plants beside each other, they'll actually help each other grow! Making it much easier to become a successful gardener.
This type of planting is called "Companion Planting". Companion planting uses taller plants to provide shadr for smaller plants, certain companion plants will attract pests away from other plants and some plants like onions, actually repel pests! And some plants, when planted together, will actually do more harm than good!
Below is a helpful Companion Planner that you can use in your garden to help your garden grow. This handy guide is also available free in the store, just ask.
The Wonderful Marigold
Bright orange flowers add a splash of color to your garden. But, those lovely marigold flowers can also provide a natural pest deterrent as well as adding strength to other plants. Marigolds have traditionally been used as borders around treasured flower beds and vegetable gardens. Scented varieties of marigold will deter beetles, beet leaf hoppers, Mexican bean bettle and nematodes. Pot marigold repels asparagus beetle and tomato worm and Mexican marigold is thought to repel rabbits.
The only drawback to planting Marigolds is that they seem to attract spider mites and slugs.
Many gardeners don't plant marigolds in their vegetable garden, but instead they grow them as a cover crop and then plow them under to control nematodes in vegetable beds, another great idea for these helpful plants!