Companion Planting for Fruit Trees

Three-Cornered Leek, Allium triquetrum

Three-Cornered Leek

Plants which benefit fruit trees include:

Alliums, or the onion genus. Members include Onions, Shallots, Leeks, Scallions, Garlic and Chives.
Another member of the genus which is useful as a no-maintenance “wild-food” crop, of which all parts are edible, is Three-Cornered Leek (Allium triquetrum) which resembles a bluebell, but having a white flower with a triangular stem. Its habitat is Woodland Garden, Dappled Shade, Shady Edge, Deep Shade or Hedgerow. It does need to be contained, however.
Edible Parts:
Bulb – raw or cooked – has a mild garlic flavour and can be used as a flavouring in salads and cooked foods. It is harvested in early summer when the plant has died down and will store for at least 6 months.
Leaves – raw or cooked – available from late autumn until the spring, they are nice in salads when they are young, or cooked as a vegetable or flavouring as they get older. The leaves have a milder and more delicate flavour than onions.
Flowers – raw: Juicy with a mild garlic flavour, as a tasty and decorative garnish on salads

Southernwood (Artemisia abrotanum), a flowering plant found in Europe, of the genus Artemisia. Southernwood is antiseptic and is believed to kils intestinal worms. It was used to treat liver, spleen  and stomach  problems  It is seldom used medicinally today, except in Germany, where poultices  are placed on wounds, splinters and skin conditions. Its constituents  stimulate the gallbladder and bile, which improves digestion and liver functions. The leaves are mixed with other herbs in aromatic baths and are said to counter sleepiness. An infusion of the leaves is said to work as a natural insect repellent when applied to the skin or if used as a hair rinse is said to combat dandruff. Its dried leaves are used to repel moths. A yellow dye can be extracted from the branches of the plant, for use with wool.

Nasturtiums act as a decoy trap crop for aphids and caterpillars

Mexican Marigold (Tagetes minuta) enriches and cleanses the soil when grown near woody plants (shrubs and fruit trees) while suppressing the germination of annuals such as weeds.

Allium is a monocot genus of flowering plants, informally referred to as the onion genus. The generic name Allium is the Latin word for garlic.[1]

Members of the genus include many economically important crops and garden vegetables such as onions (A. cepa), shallots (A. oschaninii), leeks (A. ampeloprasum), scallions (A. ascalonicum) and herbs such as garlic (A. sativum) and chives (A. schoenoprasum).


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