Biodynamic gardening tips from our Geelong native nursery

January 24, 2017

Our Geelong native nursery staff are often asked about biodynamic gardening – what is it and how does it work? Our owner and organic gardening expert Christine specialises in organically growing vegetables using companion planting practices, and is always happy to offer advice and tips to get the most out of biodynamic gardening.

Biodynamic gardening principles centre on a garden ecosystem that regenerates from within itself. Growing the right plants together ensures healthier soil and plants, increases plant health and garden fertility and speeds up the regeneration process.

Companion planting is a vital part of biodynamic gardening. By growing certain plants together, gardeners ensure optimum plant growth and soil health. The plants help each other thrive naturally – by deterring potential pests, attracting insects, fixing nutrient imbalances and improving growth.

This method removes the need to use pesticides and other chemicals that can harm your garden – the plants naturally do the work for you.

It’s important to know which plants should be planted together for best results and the required ratio of planting. Likewise, there are some plants that should not be planted together, as one can harm the other.

Native plants in particular can be excellent companion plants for your vegetable garden – attracting helpful pollinating insects, beetles and other garden helpers.

Some common companion planting pairings include –

  • Tomatoes: Basil, borage, nasturtium, onion, celery, chives, mint, turnip, parsley, asparagus, cabbage.
  • Lettuce: Cucumber, onion, carrot, strawberry, beetroot, lovage, beans, pea, zinnia.
  • Apples: Chives, nasturtium.
  • Carrots: Coriander, onion, beans, chives, pea, cucumber, rosemary, leeks, radish, lettuce, tomato.
  • Garlic: Rosemary, peach, apricot, cherry, pear, parsnip, mulberry, raspberry.
  • Potato: Horseradish, nasturtium, watermelon, sweet corn, cauliflower, cabbage, broccoli, marjoram, marigolds.
  • Strawberry: Pyrethrum, borage, leek, chives, spinach, sage, beans, lettuce.

Please contact us to find out more about biodynamic gardening and companion planting.