Companion Planting Guide

WHAT IS COMPANION PLANTING? 

It takes more than good soil, sun, and nutrients to ensure success in a garden. Time-honoured gardening wisdom says that certain plants, when grown together, improve each other’s health and yields. For instance, some plants attract beneficial insects that help to protect a companion, while other plants (particularly herbs) act as repellents. Additionally, plants that require a lot of the same nutrients as their neighbours may struggle to get enough for themselves, producing lacklustre crops.

Which vegetables should you plant next to each other? Let’s take a look at a list of the best companion plants. Download it here

Spekboom

ABSORBS CARBON FROM THE AIR

It improves the quality of the air we breathe and helps fight climate change by absorbing carbon from the atmosphere and turning into plant matter. One mature Spekboom can process 4-8kg of carbon dioxide per year, making it 100 times more effective than one pine tree in comparison.

To read more, download the pdf here

Kid’s Activity Sheets – Bees as pollinators

Honeybees are social insects that live in hives. A hive is a house, a place where bees live. It is a structure, in nature or man-made, that a colony calls home. The colony is the family unit consisting of a mother bee (Queen), together with lots of daughters (worker bees) and for a few months of the year – sons (drones). Bees undergo complete metamorphosis. The queen lays an egg in a cell in the wax comb (all the immature bees are called the brood). The egg hatches into a worm-like larva, which eventually pupates into an adult bee. Every bee has a job to do: The cleaners use their antennae to help the clean the cells. The nurse bees feed the young larva a mixture of honey and pollen and make royal jelly. Builders make the honeycomb cells. The attendant cleans and feeds the queen. The packers store the pollen. Guard bees look out for any intruders and sting them. Scouts look for nectar.

Click here to download some kids activity sheets for your children:

Bees Activity sheets