A successful garden is composed of a variety of vegetables that work together to achieve a delicious bounty of taste. Companion planting is an important tool that utilizes the natural abilities of plants to contribute to the health of your garden.
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List of Companion Planting
Companion planting involves strategically placing different vegetables in close proximity so that the flavors and qualities of each plant are enhanced. Not only does companion planting help with pest control, but it can also help your plants to thrive in the long run.
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Here is a look at some of the best vegetables and herbs to plant together. With this information, you can create the perfect garden that produces delicious, healthy vegetables for you and your family. And save on planting space.
Tomatoes and basil truly are the best of friends! Not only do they work wonderfully together in sauces, but they can even help each other out in the garden. Basil helps tomatoes produce bountiful harvests while warding off pesky flies and mosquitoes.
Basil is a good friend to peppers, helping repel aphids, spider mites, mosquitoes, and flies. It’s also thought that basil improves the pepper’s flavor. Other good companions include onions, spinach, and tomatoes.
Growing corn and beans together is a great idea because the beans will naturally climb the cornstalks, meaning you won't even have to build a trellis! Plus, the beans will fix nitrogen in the soil which is great for the corn.
Planting marigolds, nasturtiums, rosemary, and summer savory will help keep pesky bean beetles away, and summer savory will also help the growth of both crops.
Brighten up your cucumber patch by planting cheerful marigolds and nasturtiums – they help to keep aphids and beetles away! Adding other companion plants such as beans, celery, corn, lettuce, dill, peas, and radishes is also a great way to make your garden look even more beautiful.
Planting carrots near onions is a great idea! Not only will the onions keep the carrot fly away, they also help to chase away pesky aphids.
Other vegetables that are friendly to onions and enjoy their company include beets, cabbage, lettuce, and parsnips (which also need protection from the carrot fly).
If you want to keep your lettuce safe, why not try planting some mint, chives, and garlic nearby? Beans, beets, broccoli, carrots, corn, peas, and radishes all work great as companion plants, and don't forget about marigolds, which attract ladybugs that can help control aphid populations.
Corn and squash are wonderful friends since the cornstalks provide the squash vines with a great spot to climb up! Squash also gets along really well with beans, peas, radishes, dill, and marigolds – a great team!
Tomatoes and carrots are the perfect pair! Carrots love the shade that tomatoes provide, and tomatoes benefit from the soil aeration that carrots create.
Tomatoes naturally produce solanine, a natural insecticide that helps protect carrots from pests.
Radishes are a great companion to cucumbers and carrots! Planting them nearby will help keep pesky cucumber beetles away from your cukes, and the radishes will loosen the soil as the carrots grow. And they can be harvested before the carrots.
Onions, beets, cabbage, kale, lettuce, spinach, and squash are also great additions for a thriving garden.
Corn loves veggies that can help the soil by adding nitrogen – like green beans! And isn't it great how cornstalks make a great trellis for plants that need support like beans, cucumbers, peas, pumpkins and melons?