Orchards with leguminous plants better than without

Apple tree
Apple tree

Good enough to eat - Companion plants for fruits

We know less about companion plants for fruit trees and bushes than for vegetables.

However, it has been shown that orchards with clover, alfalfa and other leguminous plants growing in the grass do better than those without. Pears, however, don’t like grass growing underneath them and prefer to be mulched.

Dead nettles seem to be beneficial for the early flowerers such as peaches and pears, along with other nectar-rich plants to attract bees in time for the fruit flowers.

Beds of limnanthes douglassii and convolvolus tricolor attract and feed many pollinators and predators, while most pungent herbs – including garlic and chives – are believed to improve the keeping qualities of fruit growing near them.