Gardening at St George's

Date: 16th Jun 2023 @ 11:09am

Lots of children have been enjoying gardening sessions with our wonderful Governor, Pascale.

This week they have been focussing on companion planting.

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Yrs 2 and 3 watered, weeded, planted marigolds (edible flowers) in between the vegetables.

Yrs 4 and 5 planted corn, runner beans and tomatoes. We also discussed the SuDS planters (extra info below also) .

Year 5 also observed the many different types of pollinators in the Bee Garden.

The gardener of the week was Elijah in Yr 4 - he remembered so much information from last summer about planting and tending tomatoes and how to deal with aphids. 

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What is companion planting?

Companion planting is an organic method of maintaining a natural balance in your garden by growing plants together that are mutually beneficial. Planted together, certain plant combinations can aid pollination, prevent disease and keep pest numbers down. Most companion plants are strongly scented and can confuse pests looking for their host plant, some have antibacterial or anti-fungal properties, while others attract beneficial insects, such as ladybirds and lacewings, which prey on aphids. Most companion planting occurs in the vegetable patch, but some ornamental plants, such as roses, can also benefit from particular plants growing nearby.


Common plant combinations include growing nasturtium to deter aphids from beans, and planting alliums around carrots to ward off carrot root fly.


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What are the benefits of companion planting?

Companion planting can help your plants to grow better and with fewer pests and diseases. Ultimately this benefits the gardener as this means less work for higher crop yields.

SuDSPlanter is a uniquely designed rain garden – sometimes called a stormwater garden – which captures rainwater run-off from roofs, rather than leaving it to flow into the drains and sewers and potentially overloading the system.


It’s a cleaner, greener and sustainable way to guard against today’s increasing risk of flooding and contamination; it provides stored water for use in dry or drought conditions; and is designed to cope in wet and dry environments, so more durable and long-lasting than typical planters.