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Name: Lee Anne Stark
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Oct 13, 2011 3:20 PM CST
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gingin
Oct 13, 2011 3:26 PM CST
How did you come up with the name? and do you have a pic? DUH...have pic=plant ID Shrug!
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threegardeners
Oct 13, 2011 3:28 PM CST
It's one of the selections in the database.

Windbreak or Hedge
Suitable for alpine/rock gardens
Provides winter interest
Erosion control
**Guardian plant**
Groundcover
etc.
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SongofJoy
Oct 13, 2011 3:36 PM CST
Don't Guardian plants pull pests away from other plants like crops, etc.? They are sort of like plant decoys. I think. Big Grin
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gingin
Oct 13, 2011 3:36 PM CST
hmmmm...maybe it guards against critters eating stuff you care about?
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threegardeners
Oct 13, 2011 3:37 PM CST
really? I thought there was another word for that...can't remember it right off though...ah, there it is, "companion" plants.
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SongofJoy
Oct 13, 2011 3:45 PM CST
I think of companion plants as repelling pests and guardian plantings as decoying them away from other plants. I could be wrong.
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SongofJoy
Oct 13, 2011 3:46 PM CST
Guardians also indicate the presence of certain pests in a greenhouse, don't they?
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RickCorey
Oct 13, 2011 4:08 PM CST
I've read about "nurse crops" intended to provide shade for slower-germinating crops, and then provide a "scaffold" for the other crop to cling to so it can reach the sun. Oats will sprout quickly, then legumes can sprout in their shade, and crawl up their stemss.

Also, a guardian plant (“trap plant") may lure pests away from more valuable plants: like planting lettuce near Delphiniums in the hope that slugs will prefer the lettuce. Eggplants may lure whiteflies away from poinsettias.

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http://www.ballpublishing.com/GrowerTalks/ViewArticle.aspx?a...

Using Plants to Fight Pests
| by Deborah O'Connell

The above is a "beefy", detailed article with reference links and case studies.

(quote)
“We call plants that help manage pests in the greenhouse ‘guardian plants’ because they help to guard the grower’s crops against pest damage,”
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Some guardian plants attract pests away from the crop and are called ‘indicator’ or ‘trap’ plants.

Other guardian plants attract natural enemies by offering food such as pollen or nectar and are referred to as ‘habitat’ plants.

Still other plants support insects that serve as food for natural enemies. These are called ‘banker’ plants.”
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The thread "Companion success stories" in Companion Planting forum

In the above thread, Stephanietx listed some links about "companion planting", where planting one plant near another helps one of them out, for example the "Three Sisters" combo of corn, beans and squash.

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Here are some helpful companion planting sites I've found.

http://www.ghorganics.com/page2.html

http://www.gardenguides.com/410-good-amp-bad-companions-vege...

http://www.reneesgarden.com/articles/3sisters.html

http://luv2garden.com/

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SongofJoy
Oct 13, 2011 4:25 PM CST
Thanks, R C, Big Grin
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eclayne
Oct 13, 2011 4:40 PM CST

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Funny, I just asked the Companion plant forum the same question. The thread "Companion success stories" in Companion Planting forum
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RickCorey
Oct 13, 2011 5:17 PM CST
Great minds browse alike!
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plantladylin
Oct 13, 2011 5:24 PM CST
My thoughts:

Guardian (defender, protector) - Plants that attract good insects that will eat the bad ones.
Companion (partner, friend) - Plants that like the same location, light, moisture etc.
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Calif_Sue
Oct 13, 2011 7:11 PM CST

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Guardian plant= a spiky thorny shrub to plant under the teenager bedroom window to 'guard' them from sneaking out (or someone sneaking in). Big Grin Whistling
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RickCorey
Oct 13, 2011 7:17 PM CST
LOL!

And here my image was more like gentle, angelic wings spread wide to shield and protect weaker plants!

Now, what was that companion plant to your Teenage Security Guard?
Wasn't it called "Chastity Tree"?

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Calif_Sue
Oct 13, 2011 7:28 PM CST

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Hilarious!
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Oct 13, 2011 7:40 PM CST
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dave
Oct 13, 2011 7:52 PM CST

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I think of a guardian plant as being something more like Rick described: a nurse plant.

A row of willows planted alongside a garden to protect against harsh wind.

A line of sunroots to the west of a line of plants, giving shade in the hot summer months.

etc.
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SongofJoy
Oct 14, 2011 5:06 AM CST
And another application for Guardian plants ...

http://www.cfgrower.com/ME2/Audiences/dirmod.asp?sid=&nm=Fea...
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RickCorey
Oct 14, 2011 3:51 PM CST
Infestment banker plants?

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