Companion, Guild and Succession Planting by Melissa Henderson

Companion, Guild and Succession Planting

 Learn the principles behind companion, guild, and succession planting, and discover how to use them on your property. And explore how plants and animals can create self-sustaining ecosystems in your garden, to produce higher yields and preserve the health of your soil. 

This course explores three planting strategies that make the most of the connections and relationships that different plants have with one another – to benefit your soil, crops and increase the biodiversity of your site. 


  • Understand how companion planting helps plants flourish
  • Appreciate that connections between plants can improve soil quality
  • Know how to use planting design to keep animals from eating your crops
  • Find out which plants help fruit species to grow to their potential
  • Appreciate how companion planting can influence the taste of fruit
  • Gain practical knowledge of suitable companions for a wide range of vegetables
  • Know which plants to avoid planting together
  • Understand why herbs make good companions for many different plants
  • Be able to plant companions to ensure robust herb growth
  • Appreciate that companion planting can play a role in helping field crops
  • Learn a number of suitable plant pairings for grain crops
  • Understand what guild planting is and its functioning as an ecosystem
  • Explore the different roles species in a guild can play
  • Learn which species perform which roles in an apple tree guild
  • Be able to create your own apple tree guild on your permaculture property 
  • Understand how succession planting uses connection between plants over time
  • Institute a simple four-bed rotation system on your property 

What's included?

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Lesson 1: The Benefits of Companion Planting
companion 2 - The Benefits of Companion Planting.mp4
6 mins
Lesson 2: Connections Between Plants And Animals
companion 3 - Connections Between Plants And Animals.mp4
2 mins
Lesson 3: Fruit Companions
companion 4 - Fruit Companions.mp4
6 mins
Lesson 4: Vegetable Companions
companion 5 - Vegetable Companions.mp4
5 mins
Lesson 5: Herb Companions
companion 6 - Herb Companions.mp4
2 mins
Lesson 6: Grain Companions
companion 7 - Grain Companions.mp4
2 mins
Lesson 7: The Parts of A Guild
companion 8 - The Parts of A Guild.mp4
9 mins
Lesson 8: An Example Of A Guild
companion 9 - An Example Of A Guild.mp4
5 mins
Lesson 9: What Is Succesion Planting?
companion 10 - What Is Succesion Planting_.mp4
4 mins
Lesson 10: Four Succession Planting Strategies
companion 11 - Four Succession Planting Strategies.mp4
3 mins
Lesson 11: Succession Planting Tips
companion 12 - Succession Planting Tips.mp4
3 mins
Lesson 12: Rotation Planting
companion 13 - Rotation Planting.mp4
8 mins