You hear a lot about which plants make great companions for other plants, but in my yard the garden companions have four legs and furry ears. My number one pal is a 17 year old Jack Russell Terror, named Izzie. In her youth she had to be tied to a tree while keeping me company, as she had a tendency to chase anything that went by. She helped loosen soil by burying bones and kept the yard free of cats. Now she wanders to the end of the driveway and considers her work done before heading back in for her next nap.
A few years back we had several abandon cats have kittens in the neighborhood and after rounding up 28 felines for neutering most were returned to form a feral colony. The friendliest is an old guy I call Barney and one of the 8 year old “kittens” who goes by Spot. When Izzie is out of sight, they’ll keep me company; ask for ear scratches, belly rubs and crawling in my lap if I’m sitting. It slows the weeding down, but makes for an enjoyable day.
Now, it’s nasturtium and basil next to tomatoes, and radishes next to peas. Plant Marigolds and Yarrow throughout. (Source: Afristar Foundation on Pinterest)