One thing about nature is that the laws that govern it, govern our lives as well, and what is the one thing that makes a lot of our lives bearable? Companions. Living out the rest of my life with my husband is a huge benefit to my entire being, he grows alongside me and helps me to thrive in any condition. He even helps attack the parasites that invade my beautiful flowers and fruit.
One area of gardening that is being explored, is companion gardening. Plants that assist each other to grow well, plants that resist insects, plants that can even repel other plants, all of them can be used and applied in our backyard gardens, orchards, or any permaculture setting.
Carrots planted with leeks, will benefit each other, keeping the pests away because of the strong smells of the companion plant. This is exactly why a mixed planting will give you better insect control than a monoculture.
Think about our lives, if nature thrives off of a biodiversity, then our lives will benefit from a biodiversity as well. It’s not beneficial for us to live in a monoculture of all the same people, once a parasite breaks the code and attacks one person, it will decimate the entire group, just like in nature. One bug can decimate an entire orchard consisting of the same type of trees.
Just like my last post that talked about weeds, even poisonous plants have their benefits in our gardens and lives, since they can supply us with medicine and insect repellents. Many of our loveliest and most decorative plants are poisonous, just like in our lives, the prettiest and most attractive paths and people, can be the most toxic to us.
The flip side if this is that there are also plants that harm us and stunt our growth, when we are planted next to them. Beans are inhibited (unable to act in a relaxed and natural way) by any type of onion planted near it. In the same way, certain types of people, when they come in contact with us, will inhibit our lives as well, so it is best that we don’t plant ourselves near them.
“The Laws of Nature are But the Mathematical Thoughts of God.” ~Euclid
We can either thrive or dive from the companions that we plant ourselves near, so be careful, just like we can wreck our entire gardens just because of what we plant together, we can also wreck our whole lives by the people we plant ourselves near.