By Kira Hamman
Single red heirloom, tall but not leggy, seeks companion for cohabitation and mutual benefit.
Me: high-maintenance star of the show.
You: supporting player, not afraid to play second fiddle. Let’s complement each other’s needs!
Asparagus: I like to star, too, but I’m in a different show. Mine will be over by the time yours really gets started, so we’re perfect for each other! Plus, I’ll kill the nematodes that bother your lovely roots, while you keep those pesky asparagus beetles at bay for me.
Basil: Well, we taste delicious in the same dishes, so are you surprised that we’ll grow well together? I’ll improve your flavor (not that you need it) and increase your growth.
Garlic: Nothing eats me but humans (weirdoes), so anything growing near me is pretty safe. And although I don’t mature as early as asparagus, I don’t spread out like him, so I won’t crowd you.
Marigold & Nasturtium: Not to brag, but we are the perfect companions for just about anyone. Marigold produces a natural pesticide that protects his companions, while nasturtium will sacrifice himself to the aphids for you and attract a host of beneficial insects in the bargain. Oh, and did we mention that we’re beautiful?
Take your pick — you really can’t go wrong!