Saturday, November 12, 2022

12 Best Ginger Companion Plants

 


Here are some of the best companion plants to grow with ginger:

1. Chili Peppers

Chili pepper is relatively easy to grow. Its leaves thrive in the sun, while its roots prefer moist soil.

The two plants are mutually beneficial since chili peppers shade ginger, while ginger repels pests and also shades pepper roots.

Benefits provided: Offers shade

Mature size: 5 to 12 feet

Popular varieties: Chinese chili, Capsicum annum, C. baccatum, and C. pubescens

2. Turmeric

Like ginger, turmeric is a spicy root. Both plants have the same growth requirements. Turmeric and ginger greatly complement each other and amplify each other’s benefits.

Benefits provided: Strengthens ginger’s benefits, great for planting in limited areas, needs the same soil type as ginger

Mature size: Up to 3 to 4 feet

Popular varieties: White turmeric and yellow turmeric

3. Peas

Peas are annual legumes. They’re delicious and healthy vegetables that you’ll definitely benefit from growing. Plus, they make a great companion plant for ginger.

They’re climbing plants, which means they’ll grow to whatever size you desire. All you need is to provide adequate support.

Benefits provided: Enrich the soil with nutrients, provide shade

Mature size: Bush peas can grow to 30 inches, while pole peas can grow as tall as 6 feet

Popular varieties: Snap peas, snow peas, and pigeon peas

4. Beans

Like peas, beans are great legumes to grow. They’re known to fix nitrogen levels in the soil, making for awesome companion plants.

Beans have big leaves that will shade ginger against any harsh sun. You can also “customize” their size as they’re climbing plants.

Benefits provided: Provide shade, regulate nitrogen levels in the soil

Mature size: Anywhere from 2 to 13 feet

Popular varieties: Lima, navy, pinto, and kidney

5. Cilantro

Cilantro, along with ginger, is a popular ingredient in many dishes.

Better yet, it doesn’t require a lot of special care. It has different varieties, each with its distinct taste. In addition, its white flowers can brighten up any garden.

Benefits provided: Provides shade, easy to grow

Mature size: Up to 2 feet

Popular varieties: Culantro, leaf cilantro, and Mexican coriander

6. Garlic

Garlic doesn’t take up much space in your garden. It’s also highly compatible with ginger.

Plus, they both work well together in countless recipes, so it makes sense to grow them next to each other!

Benefits provided: Repels many pests and fungal diseases, enhances ginger’s aroma

Mature size: 1 to 3 feet

Popular varieties: Soft neck garlic and hard neck garlic

7. Bell Peppers

Bell peppers are garden essentials. Plus, planting them next to ginger is a fool-proof way to ensure both plants flourish.

They’re highly similar to chili peppers. So, if you want a tasty but less spicy vegetable, bell peppers are the way to go.

Benefits provided: Provide shade, compliment the taste of ginger

Mature size: 3 to 6 feet in height

Popular varieties: California Wonder, Baron, and Candy apple

8. Lemongrass

Lemongrass is a great herb to use in soups and all seafood dishes. So, it’s no wonder how complementary and useful it is to grow next to ginger.

Benefits provided: Provides shade, has the same growing requirements as ginger

Mature size: Up to 5 feet tall and 2 feet wide

Popular varieties: Ornamental lemongrass and Indian lemongrass

9. Nasturtiums

Nasturtiums make excellent companion plants. They look great in your garden while aiding the growth of plants next to them.

Nasturtiums are ground cover plants that can trap any insects that might be harmful to your garden.

Benefits provided: Provide shade, protect companion plants from insects

Mature size: Up to 1 to 3 feet tall, almost 18 inches wide

Popular varieties: Whirlybird and Monk’s Cress

10. Leafy Greens

Leafy greens are essential in every garden, not to mention that they’re a breeze to grow. 

In addition, pests love to feed on leafy greens. So, planting them next to ginger offers a good level of protection.  Not only that, but leafy greens also take little space in your garden.

Benefits provided: Provide shade, enrich the soil with nutrients, protect nearby plants from pests

Mature size: No more than 12 inches tall

Popular varieties: Kale, spinach, and lettuce

11. Hibiscus

Not only is hibiscus a vibrant addition to your garden, but the plant is also an excellent medicinal supplement. It can grow as a companion to many other plants, including ginger.

You can’t go wrong with a hibiscus shrub. It attracts a lot of beautiful butterflies to your garden, making it a sight to behold.

Benefits provided: Provides shade, brings color to your yard

Mature size: From 3 to 7 feet tall

Popular varieties: Tropical hibiscus, Rose Mallow, and hardy hibiscus

12. Fruit Trees

Who doesn’t want to have fruit growing in their garden? Not only will fruit trees give you that, but they can also be great companion plants for ginger.

These shady canopies can take up a lot of space, so you’ll definitely benefit by planting ginger next to them to utilize the free root space. 

Benefits provided: Provide partial shade

Mature size: Up to 25 feet tall

Popular varieties: Apple, lemon, cherry, and fig trees

References:

12 Best Ginger Companion Plants + Easy Planting Guide

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BcsrCWIDTRA


Wednesday, October 12, 2022

12 Sweet Potato Companion Plants


1. Spinach: Spinach acts as an effective cover plant, making for one of the best companion plants.

2. Garlic: Garlic wards off pests with its potent aroma.

3. Root vegetables: Horseradish is a root vegetable with pest-resistant qualities. Radishes boost pest resistance and repel flea beetles. Turnips, parsnips, and beets also operate similarly.

4. Bush beans: Bush beans are legumes that may increase your sweet potato yield.

5. Pole beans: Pole beans can help boost nitrogen absorption.

6. Peas: Peas may help sweet potatoes absorb nitrogen.

7. Basil: Basil repels damaging hornworms and flies.

8. Herbs: Thyme is an herb that attracts hoverflies, which eat destructive aphids. Dill, chives, borage, summer savory, and oregano also make good companion plants for sweet potato vines. Plant these aromatic herbs nearby to ward off the destructive sweet potato weevil.

9. Alyssum: Sweet alyssum flowers serve as a ground cover plant while also attracting beneficial insects like wasps.

10. Yarrow: Yarrow attracts pollinators to your garden.

11. Nasturtium: These bright orange flowers are excellent at repelling the Colorado potato beetle.

12. Marigold: Marigolds are effective at repelling many sweet potato pests that can destroy the plant’s root system.

References:

https://www.masterclass.com/articles/sweet-potato-companion-plants

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vwapTgW8Inw