Companion planting, or multi-cropping, is a great way to get more produce out of the same land and water resources while naturally enhancing your soil. Currently we are planting red cabbage and corn alongside our eggplant. This combination allows fast growing corn to spring up quickly while the slower growing eggplant establishes itself. Other companions that we will be trialing include carrots with tomatoes and a large section of "three sisters." Three sisters consists of corn (which produces a stalk) peas (which introduce valuable nitrogen into the soil and need a stalk to climb) and crook-neck squash (whose large leaves spread out along the ground conserving water in the soil). When planted close to one another these three crops enhance, rather than limit, one anothers productivity and conserve expensive water and fertilizer.
|Corn planted alongside eggplant|