Having fresh vegetables in your very own garden is wonderful. But did you know you can help your garden thrive even more with a practice known as companion planting?
Companion planting can help shield other plants from the sun, keep predatory insects away, boost growth, protect against disease and more.
The benefits are endless, so if you’re looking to start a garden or already have one, use this guide as a resource.
Here Are 20 Vegetables That You Should Plant Together:
Cauliflower should be planted with beans, onion, and celery. This is because they can deter harmful insects while attracting ones that are beneficial to your garden.
Carrots, onions, rosemary, nasturtiums, thyme, mint and marigolds make great companion plants for broccoli. Marigolds will repel moths while nasturtiums will repel aphids. You definitely don’t want to plant strawberries or tomatoes near broccoli because this will hinder its growth.
3) Brussels Sprouts
Do you have whiteflies, squash bugs, or Japanese beetles attacking your brussels sprouts? Plant some garlic, basil or nasturtium next to them. This will also deter mosquitos. Garlic also helps your brussels sprouts grow.
Cabbages are prone to getting cabbage worms. You’ll want to plant some tomatoes and celery next to your cabbage to deter them. While you’re at it, plant some catnip to repel aphids and cabbage months. Planting onions near your cabbage will keep rabbits at bay.
Tomatoes, carrots, asparagus, and garlic work hand-in-hand together. The garlic gets rid of spider mites and tomatoes ward off the asparagus beetles. Carrots work to break up the soil and make space for water and air to get to the tomato plant root.
Carrot flies can completely destroy your carrots. You can prevent this by planting onions, leeks, and wormwood. Tomatoes can also help provide shade for your carrots.
Radishes and cucumbers do well when they’re planted next to each other. The radishes deter rust flies and cucumber beetles. Cucumber beetles help boost the growth of radishes.
Corn should be planted along with squash and pole beans. This is historically known as the three sisters. The bean pulls nitrogen from the air and into the soil. The squash provides shade for the soil and prevents weeds so all of the plants can grow.
Want tastier potatoes? Plant some dead nettle near them. This will help to enhance the flavor of your potatoes and deter harmful insects. You can also plant some corn, cabbage, and beans next to them for the same effect.
Radishes will protect your cucumber plants from cucumber beetles. Cucumber will protect your garden from yellow jackets so you can plant beans, cabbage, corn, and early potatoes near them. Just don’t plant your cucumbers next to late potatoes because they will end up competing for nutrients and water.
11) Bush Beans
Bush beans should be planted next to cabbage, beets, carrots, cauliflower, cucumbers, catnip, corn, and potatoes. The potatoes help repel Mexican bean beetles. Catnip will help repel flea beetles.
Onions should be planted next to members of the cabbage family. So, think broccoli, brussels sprouts, kale, and, obviously, cabbage. Onions are a big help in deterring Japanese beetles, wasps, aphids, cabbage worms, cabbage maggots, and rabbits. Just don’t plant any beans or peas near them because it could hurt your onion crop.
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Want your garlic to be more garlicky? Plant it next to some chamomile to improve its flavor. Plant some rue while you’re at it to help drive the maggots away.
Lettuce is best grown in the winter but it is able to thrive in the warmer months if you know what to plant next to it. Sunflowers, tomatoes, and pole beans will provide shade so your lettuce doesn’t get too hot. Lettuce can also be helpful to beets, carrots, parsnips, and radishes as it helps to tenderize these vegetables.
15) Bell Peppers
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Plants like tomatoes, carrots, okra, asparagus, carrots, onions, and eggplant will help your peppers greatly. The tall growing plants help to protect them from the wind. Carrots and onion will enhance their flavor.
Beets are a great beginner vegetable for those getting into gardening. They don’t require much soil but have a tremendous amount of nutrients and vitamins making them perfect for salads, soups, and juices. Beets thrive best near broccoli, brussel sprouts, bush beans, cabbage, cauliflower, chard, and onions but you want to make sure to keep them away from charlock, field mustard, and pole beans.
We hope you like these tips and use them to add beautiful pops of color to your garden.
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