Join Rapidan River Master Gardener (RRMG) and discover why companion planting is one of the easiest ways to mimic a natural ecosystem in your home garden.
Companion Planting is a method of gardening that involves the practice of planting one kind of plant next to other that will help it thrive. For example – did you know that you should plant basil next to tomato plants? They need the same nutrients and help each other grow…. And who doesn’t like tomato and basil together? [add a little mozzarella and you're good to go...the department offers a how to make mozzarella class too!]
There are many benefits to companion planting including higher yields and more natural pest control. Some additional benefits from this type of gardening are pollinator promotion, enhancing the flavor of crops, adding nutrients to the soil and controlling weeds.
During this one-day workshop, the benefits of companion planting will be discussed and ideas for getting started in the home garden will be examined.
Several benefits of companion planting will be explored including saving space, encouraging pollinators and beneficial insects, preventing erosion, conserving water, controlling plant disease, and improving pest control. Participants will learn which plants are good companions and which plants do not grow well together.
Resources will be provided to participants that will assist them in designing their own home garden using this method.
Note taking materials are recommended. Handouts will be provided.
This is a discussion based class. No plants will be provided.
Instructor is unable to provide help with individual gardens. If you have specific questions regarding your personal garden after class, reach out to the Virginia Cooperative Extension Office's Rapidan River Master Gardener's Club directly.
Lenn Park Pavilion - Indoor Activity Room, 19206 Edwin Way, Culpeper
RRMG - Sheri Leddy