Using Celery in Companion Planting
Celery is a nutritious and tasty vegetable that can be used to garnish a dish or simply as a snack on a hot day. Celery is a very easy companion plant to use in your vegetable garden designing endeavors. This informative guide is designed to show you some of the most beneficial vegetables and plants to grow in unison with your celery in order to produce a top quality vegetable you will love. This guide will also show you what to avoid when choosing companion plants for your celery so as not to counteract all the beneficial plants you are using.
Insects and other bugs can become a huge threat to your crop and when growing food the goal is to feed yourself and those close to you, not garden pests. Luckily there are some great flowers and vegetables you can plant with your celery to ward off just about every bug that would harm your celery. Planting cosmos, marigolds, daisies, snapdragons and nasturtiums will work to drive off many insects while attracting beneficial predators such as wasps that will feed on the bugs that feed on your garden. Wonderful herbs and vegetables like garlic, onion and leeks also help to ward off creatures that would make a feast out of your celery.
Other Beneficial Plants
Aside from plants that repel insects, there are many other beneficial plants for you to consider for celery companion planting. Planting green beans and peas will greatly help to enrich the soil by adding nitrogen to it naturally, which will help promote the healthy growth of your celery, as well as most other garden vegetables. Planting your celery in the shade of tomato or spinach plants will provide it with the necessary shade to prevent your celery stocks from drying out. A few other beneficial plants for you to check out are cauliflower, anything the cabbage family and most types of bean.
Plants to Avoid
Though celery is one of the easiest vegetables to find companion plants for, there are still a couple of plants you should avoid using at all costs. These plants are corn and asters. Corn and asters make bad companion plants for celery because they greatly increase the risk of your celery catching a disease known as yellow aster disease. Yellow aster disease will cause your celery to become discolored and stunt the growth of your crop. It will also ruin the taste and it is unadvisable to eat any diseased vegetable.
In conclusion, celery is a very easy plant to find companions for. There are no shortages of beneficial plants and plants celery itself benefits. With a little planning and a lot of care you can have each different plant in your vegetable garden working towards benefiting the plants around it. So long as you avoid the two red flag plants in corn and asters you should have a flourishing, beautiful and best of all, tasty vegetable garden with amazing celery growing in it.