Is Companion Planting The Next Big Trend

Companion planting
Companion planting

Is Companion Planting The Next Big Trend

In life everything has an effect on the next thing.  We rely on one another and what we do has an effect on the next person.  The plant kingdom works in the same way and we call that Companion Planting.
Companion planting has been used for thousands of years.  Evidence of companion gardening can be seen in the English Cottage Gardens of yesteryear in the intricate plant combinations while the Chinese planted mosquito ferns in their rice fields, to help prevent the sunlight from allowing weeds to germinate amongst their growing crops.

If you look at how plants grow in nature, if you plant two deep rooted plants next to one another they fight to survive.  If you plant one deep rooted plant and one shallow rooted plant they live in harmony. Conversely if you plant a plant that doesn’t like wet feet in a boggy area it will not survive regardless of what it is around.

As you can see companion planting happens naturally in nature.  Today companion planting is a popular practice amongst organic gardeners who refrain from the use of chemicals in their gardens.


So why do we use companion planting?

  • It aids in pest control. Some plants help to keep potential problem pests at bay while other -plants attract beneficial insects, often by giving them a place to take up residence.
  • Plants help with pollination.
  • Companion planting can help increase your vegetable garden yields.
  • Certain plants help by working with the soil.  


There are a number of plants that help to fix the nitrogen in the soil which in turn helps some plants perform better.


Companion planting can also be used in flower gardens to disguise plants that have gone past their prime.  A good example of this is planting perennials to hide spent bulb foliage.


Examples of companion planting:

  • One of the most popular companion plantings for vegetable gardens is Marigolds.  The fragrance helps deter aphids from attacking your tender plants.  Planting blooming plants amongst your vegetable plants will help bring bees and butterflies to your garden to help pollinate your plants
  • Many herbs are great plants to plant in amongst your vegetables as their fragrance serves to confuse pests helping to protect your valuable plants
  • Planting bulbs in amongst groundcover that will hide the foliage of the bulbs once the bloom has finished is an excellent example of using companion planting outside a vegetable garden

Great companions!

Some great companions to keep in mind when planting your garden include:

  • Plant tomatoes with marigolds, garlic, parsley
  • Plant peas with beans, cucumbers, mint (mint spreads so plant in containers or keep contained!)
  • Plant onions with tomatoes, beets, cabbage and broccoli
  • Plant corn with peas and beans
  • Plant spinach with strawberries, radish, eggplant
  • Plant pumpkins with corn and beans
  • Plant melons with radish
  • Plant carrots with rosemary, onion and garlic
  • Plant brussel sprouts with thyme, dill
  • Plant turnip with peas
  • Plant zucchini with flowering plants to help with pollination

Share this post

Other Topics

Keeping industries informed with research, product development, informed pieces, and market trends.

Post References

You might also like

Book a Delivery

Suggest a Retailer

Know of a suitable retailer that doesn’t stock our product? Let us know and we will get in touch with them. We may need some additional information from you so we’ve requested your email address on the form.

Download your PDF copy on how to rebuild the health of your soils

Submit a General Enquiry

Our Truck Volumes

3T Truck

Full truck load volumes
  • Bark: 7m³
  • Compost: 4m³
  • Supersoil: 3m³
  • Soil: 3m³
  • Shell: 3m³
  • Stone: 1.5m³

7.5T Truck

Full truck load volumes
  • Bark: 20m³
  • Compost: 10m³
  • Supersoil: 7m³
  • Shell: 8m³

11T Truck

Full truck load + trailer volumes
  • Bark: 25m³ - 65m³
  • Compost: 17m³ - 38m³
  • Supersoil: 12m³ - 29m³
  • Shell: 12m³ - 30m³

In Canterbury or other regions? We offer bulk truck and trailer load volumes throughout the South Island.

Enquire by getting in contact.

Book a free presentation

Horse Arena Surfacing

Request a Soil Health Assessment

Our Retailers

Below is a list of our retailers. Please contact them for stock and supply.

PLEASE NOTE: Not all of our products are supplied to all retailers. We can only guarantee product quality of products we manufacture.

  • Wholesale Landscapes – Stoke Yard (that's us!)
  • Stoke Garden & Landscapes
  • Bay Landscapes & Garden Centre
  • Goldpine Richmond
  • Māpua Landscapes
  • Stonescape Garden Supplies (Concrete & Metals)
North Canterbury
  • Woodend Landscape Supplies
  • Amberley Hire & Landscape Supplies
  • Hanmer Landscape Supplies
  • Garden Box – Middleton
  • Urban Paving & Landscape Supplies – Harewood
  • Pearsons Landscape Supplies – Bromley
  • Styx Mill Landscape & Nursery  – Styx
  • Mitre 10 Mega Ferrymead
  • Odering Garden Centre Christchurch - Philpotts
  • Odering Garden Centre Christchurch - Barrington
  • Mainscape Garden Supplies
South Canterbury
  • Fulton Hogan Timaru
  • Ashburton Contracting Ltd (ACL)
  • Centaland
  • CMT Group
  • Kaikōura Landscape Supplies

Pick-Up Information

We welcome pick-up of product by the public for volumes 1m³ and over. Please check your estimated trailer weight rating below. If your trailer is unable to hold the weight of our minimum pick-up volume, please book a delivery. *We require a minimum order quantity of 3m³ for any bark, compost, soil or shell products and a minimum order quantity of 1.5m3 for any stones or aggregates.

Standard trailer
(750kg limit)
  • Bark / Mulches
  • Shell
  • Compost
  • Soil
  • Stones / Aggregates
Tandem trailer
(1,500kg limit)
  • Bark / Mulches
  • Shell
  • Compost
  • Soil
  • Stones / Aggregates
Tip truck
(2,000kg limit)
  • Bark / Mulches
  • Shell
  • Compost
  • Soil
  • Stones / Aggregates

Product Volume Calculator

*We will quote to the nearest cubic meter.

Recommended depths

Typically you need a finishing layer of screened soil of 100mm when working with an uneven surface. 100mm of soil will allow to even out any hollows and give enough depth to create a flat surface

A general rule for compost is to allow for the depth of the current root structure of your plants with an additional 30-50% to mix in with the base. If you’re planting into holes or filling up a vege garden  you will need to accommodate for this prior to filling up

We recommend 100mm (10cm) deep for new bark gardens and planting into bare areas. For existing gardens with some cover, we recommend 75mm-100mm (7.5cm-10cm)

Note: Barked areas for playground impact protection need to meet NZS5828:2015 standards and is calculated on the fall areas and the height of the playground. Please contact us to discuss your barked playground areas

For paths and driveways which are often exposed to car and foot traffic, we recommend 100mm-125mm (10cm-12.5cm) on newly prepared areas due to settling of product.

This excludes preparation, compaction or drainage gravel underneath. For existing areas 75mm thickness is recommended for areas needing a small top-up.