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Predatory and Companion Plants

The beauty and benefits of companion planting. Techniques to introduce different flowers, plants and herbs with an attitude that can support and improve soil conditions, increase fertility, offer shelter and attract and repel insects simultaneously.

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Angelica, sometimes called ‘wild celery’, is a non-invasive pretty herb found in the Apiaceae family. It is easy to care for and is not too demanding if kept under the right conditions. They do well in a partially cooled shaded zone with well-drained fertile and moist organic soils with some exposure to light. Angelica doesn’t respond well to being overly dry.

It appreciates if a well mulched and compost-rich top covering is grown in a home garden. It is a member of the parsley family and is related to carrots.
Not far from where l live, Angelica grows freely in a wild natural environment. The area is primarily a shaded walk with dappled sunshine during the spring and summer months, and it does wonderfully well there and thrives and has a beautiful scent.

Angelica plant is used as a flavouring in many alcoholic drinks like gin and wine. The stalks can be used in cooking and baking and help decorate confectionaries. The herb is also used for medicinal purposes and, in the past, was used as protection against the plague. It also aids against anxiety, digestion issues and insomnia.

The leaves can also be dried and used to make a form of seasoned tea. The leaves and stalks can also be eaten raw or added to a salad and used as a garnish. The stalks are a bit like celery.

The best time to harvest the stalks is in the spring when they are young and tender opposed to later on in the year when they are hard and brittle. With its height and foliage cover, this would make for a great addition to the back of the border of your garden.

It is prone to attack by aphids, spider mites, leaf miners, slugs and snails, especially when the plant is in the seedling stages of growth. But it is a plant loved by pollinators – butterflies, bees and hoverflies and other beneficial insects, and the birds are also fond of the seeds. It’s an excellent addition to wildlife gardening.

Angelica can also be used as a companion plant and grows well with sage, mint, and marjoram and can be grown successfully in containers and good sized pots and containers. If growing on from seed, then plant out in the middle of the springtime.

Hope you enjoyed this article and l’ll see you again soon.

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