Have you ever thought about turning your front yard into a garden? Any Portlandia and's and Oregonians are doing just that. Instead of planting arborvitae is to separate one yard from another, there planting corn, peas, and other vegetables.
According to an article in Oregon live.com, a homeowner in Corvallis Oregon has been in Oregon State University extension service master gardener since 2011 and has been planting her vegetable garden for over 50 years.
"There are different interactions from planting certain vegetables, herbs, and flowers together." Is not necessarily about the vegetable itself, although that's a good byproduct, it's about attracting beneficial insects and plants that will complement each other. For instance, squash bugs can be difficult to control but there are a lot of plants designed to intermingle with squash that will send off these pests including chives, mint, oregano, margarine, and dill. They are deterred by the odor of the strong herbs. Nasturtium vines also confuse the bugs because the blossoms look very similar to squash blossoms.
One of the most common pairings is of corn, pole beans, and squash or pumpkins. This trio has been deemed one of the best trios since the early 1600s as corn provides the support for the climbing beans which pull nitrogen from the air and share it with the corn roots. The squash then enjoys the dappled sun from the corn and shade. Adding in the sunflowers can make a great pollinator, as well as sunflowers, take nitrogen from the soil and beans put it back in.
Companion planting is one of the best ways to utilize a small space or a front yard. Not only will it enhance the flavor but the benefits are numerous. For more information on companion planting visit Oregon live.com for more tips from this master gardener.