Companion planting

For our April workshop, we discovered companion planting.

Companion planting is all about creating plant communities which have mutual benefits to each other. It can be an organic way to protect your crops from pests or it could help improve pollination of fruit and vegetable crops.

We studied an original sketch from the Haggerston Orchard archive, showing companion planting arrangements around the base of our fruit trees. Remarkably, most of the original planting is still in place.

Our studies showed opportunities to increase the diversity of plants and we plan to add comfrey and clover as ground cover.