Here are a some great options for your December planting list:
Artichoke, Asparagus, Beets, Bok Choy, Broccoli*, Cabbage*, Carrots, Cauliflower*, Daikon, Endive, Kale, Lettuces, Mustard Greens, Onions, Parsnips, Potatoes, Radicchio, Radish, Scallions, Snow Peas, Spinach, Sugar Peas, Swiss Chard
Herbs: Arugula*, Bronze Fennel, Chives, Cilantro, Dill, Fennel, Lavender*, Mint, Nasturtium, Oregano, Parsley, Rosemary*, Sage, Seasoning Celery, Sweet Marjoram, Thyme*, Violas, Watercress, Winter Savory
Companion planting is a very old-world, organic gardening method rooted in creating a diverse ecosystem of fruits, vegetables, herbs, and flowers grown int he same space. As a result of inter-planting, you’ll create a more habitable environment for plants, improve soil health, and reduce the resources needed to grow sustainable amounts of produce.
Consider inter-planting some herbs with your fruits and vegetables this year to attract more pollinators and help keep pesky bugs at bay.
With a long and tenured history, the practice of companion planning was primarily practiced by home gardeners who weren’t driven solely by efficient outputs. However, as the impact of climate change grows and concerns over the use of pesticides for health increase, more and more gardeners (both home and commercial) are starting to implement the practice of companion planting.