Garden planning part 2: Plant companions

After an exciting reveal of our top 12 crops and a discussion to break a few ties in our votes, we are proud, happy and a bit nervous to present our ambitious list of crops for the 2016 growing season!

Having chosen our crops, the next question is where will we plant each of them and how will we arrange our garden. I introduced the pupils to the principles of companion planting. We learned about plant interactions and how just like people, when different plants grow together, some like each other and become friends, whilst others get in their way and stop them from developing their full potential.

CROP FRIENDS ENEMIES
1.     Sugarsnap peas Carrots, radish, potatoes, swiss chard, parsnip Onions, garlic
2.     Radish Lettuce, carrots, nasturtium, peas ————————
3.     Pumpkin Corn, beans, borage Potatoes
4.     Cauliflower Potatoes, leeks, onions, borage, nasturtium Beans, peppers, tomatoes
5.     Red currant To be planted in the grass area, will keep its own company
6.     Leeks Carrots, onions, cauliflower ————————
7.     Carrots Leeks, lettuce, peas, parsley Parsnip
8.     Lettuce Radish, carrots, strawberry, borage, parsnip Parsley
9.     Parsley Onions, carrots Lettuce
10. Strawberry Lettuce, green onions, swiss chard, borage ———–slugs———
11. Potatoes Cauliflower, nasturtium, marigold, parsnip Pumpkin, celery, sunflower
12. Sunflower Pumpkin Potatoes
13. Nasturtium Potatoes, radish, pumpkin, ————————
14. Borage Cauliflower, pumpkin, peas, strawberry, lettuce ————————
15. Marigold EVERYONE! ————————
16. Raspberry To be planted in the grass area, will keep its own company
17. Basil Tomatoes Swiss chard
18. Rosemary Carrots Radish
19. Swiss chard Peas, strawberry Basil
20. Parsnip Lettuce, potatoes, peas Carrots, celery

We talked about why some plants are friends, and others are enemies, and we put our knowledge to a test with a board game I designed specifically for the occasion!

IMG_3569The game was very fun to play and I think we all enjoyed it! It helped develop strategic thinking and tested the knowledge we acquired in previous sessions regarding plant origins, gardening in Scotland and complimentary planting. ‘Garden trouble’ was included to teach pupils about the risks involved with gardening and to make the entire exprience more realistic. We are half way through designing our allotment plots and will be posting our plan soon!

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