What is companion planting?
It turns out not all plants like being in the same garden as each other. But on the other hand, some plants help each other to thrive when grown together. Want to know more? Read our ultimate guide to companion planting.
So, what are Lydia's favourite plants to grow together?
“Tomatoes, basil and beans are a fantastic summer combination,” says Lydia.
“Tomatoes consume an abundance of nitrogen from the soil. Beans are a legume that attracts nitrogen-fixing bacteria that live on the beans' roots, take nitrogen from the air, and convert it to a plant-soluble form in the soil.
“Typically, if they go together, they grow together.”
How to grow tomatoes, beans and basil
For taste and texture, nothing beats home-grown tomatoes. The best times to grow a bush or vine that will drip with these giant, red baubles of juicy sweetness are spring (for temperate regions) and summer (for cool regions).
Here’s everything you need to grow your tomatoes at home.
Beans are great sun-loving vegetables to plant in your garden in spring and summer. Here’s everything you need to grow your beans at home, plus a little secret to make sure they’re nice and sweet.
Basil is one of the easiest and most versatile herbs to grow at home. Here’s everything you need to grow your basil at home.
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