Growing food without chemical means that we have to get a bit creative with how we manage weeds, fungal diseases, soil fertility, and pests. One of the ways we keep pests at bay is through ‘companion planting’. Companion planting is the art of strategically planting specific vegetables and herbs together in a way where they each compliment each other’s productivity.
Planting Basil among our cherry tomatoes is a classic case of companion plating. As anyone who has ever handled a fresh bunch of basil knows it’s got an incredibly strong scent. This sent masks the smell of the tomato fruits, and therefore helps to hide them from the dreaded Mediterranean fruit fly.
There’s no flavour that symbolises summer quite like basil does. We’ve had it growing alongside the cherry toms since September, but there was barely any growth in the dry conditions of early summer. But this rain has our basil booming – just in time to join other Mediterranean favourites like: roquette, eggplants, tomatoes and zucchinis on your dinner tables!
Green Connect Farm Manager
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What’s that in my box: Radishes are very versatile and can be used in salads, mains and sides – whether cooked or fresh! Radishes have a plethora of health benefits ranging from skin health, weight regulation benefits, and osteoarthritic relief. You can pickle radishes to keep them for longer and these go nicely on top of avocado toast! Otherwise, chopping radish finely can help hide this veg from fussy eaters in cooked meals as well as salads. For more information on how to store & cook any of our vegetables, visit: https://draxe.com/ and type in the veggie you’re looking for.