Companion Planting –How to Safely Nurture & Protect Your Garden For Optimum Yield

Beautiful orange marigolds with text why you need companion planting to easily improve your gardenHave you ever tried planting a vegetable garden?  What about a Square Foot Garden?  An easy way to protect your plants, improve flavor, and enhance production is through companion planting.  Companion planting can also add beautiful aroma and color to any garden. 

Companion Planting Defined

In your garden, plants have friends and foes. Plants can help or hinder the growth and development of neighboring plants. Over the years, gardeners have observed how one crop can help or harm another. Through trial and error, a concept called companion planting was developed. Companion Planting is the process of placing plants together to the benefit of both plants creating a win win in the garden! Companion planting can help protect and nurture your garden in a safe natural way helping you to avoid the need for pesticides and/or harmful fertilizers.

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Benefits of Companion Planting

Whether you’re planting a square foot garden or a traditional garden you’ll want to consider companion planting. Some of the main benefits of include:

  • Pest control
  • Enhanced flavor
  • Attraction of pollinators
  • Improvement of soil nutrients
  • Support or protection of crop

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Example Benefits


Garden Benefits
Asparagus Will improve the flavor of tomatoes when planted side-by-side

Helps repel aphids, asparagus beetles, mites, flies, mosquitoes, and tomato horn worm

Beans Good for fixing nitrogen in the soil
Chives Repels aphids, carrot rust fly, and Japanese beetles
Cilantro Repels aphids, potato beetles, and spider mites
Dill Attracts wasps that eat caterpillars and repels aphids and spider mites
Garlic Repels aphids, white flies, Japanese beetles, root maggots, and carrot rust fly
Marigolds Kills nematodes, repels white flies
Oregano Repels cabbage moth
Peppermint Repels ants, white cabbage moths, aphids, and flea beetle
Rosemary Repels cabbage moth, bean beetles, and carrot flies and attracts pollinators
Sage Repels cabbage moth and carrot rust fly


Companion Planting Chart

Plant Good Companion Bad Companion


Basil, Cilantro, Dill, Marigolds, Nasturtiums, Oregano, Parsley, Peppers, Sage, Thyme, Tomatoes Fennel, Garlic
Basil Asparagus, Marigold, Oregano, Peppers, Tomatoes  
Beets Bush Beans, Cabbage Family, Lettuce, Lima Bean, Onion, Radish, Sage Mustard, Pole Beans
Broad beans   Broccoli, Cauliflower, Chives, Cress, Garlic, Kale, Leeks Mustard, Onions
Broccoli Basil, Bush Beans, Chamomile, Cucumber, Dill, Garlic, Lettuce Marigold, Mint, Onion, Potato, Radish, Rosemary, Sage, Thyme, Tomato Grapes, Mustard, Oregano, Strawberry, Tomato
Bush & Pole beans Cabbage, Carrots, Celery, Chard, Corn, Cucumber, Eggplant, Peas, Potatoes, Radish, and Strawberries Basil, Beets, Chives, Fennel, Garlic, Leeks, and Onions


Cabbage family Bush Beans, Beets, Carrot, Celery, Cucumber, Dill, Lettuce, Mint, Onions, Rosemary, Sage, Spinach, Thyme, Marigold, Potatoes Basil, Pole Beans, Strawberry, Tomatoes


Carrots Beans, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Chives, Lettuce, Leek, Onion, Peas, Radish, Rosemary, Sage, Tomato Celery, Dill, Parsnip
Cauliflower Beans, Celery, Oregano, Peas, Tomato Strawberries
Celery Bush Beans, Cabbage, Dill, Leeks, Marjoram, Tomatoes Parsnip, Potato
Chives Basil, Carrots, Marigold, Parsley, Parsnip, Strawberries, Tomato Beans
Corn All Beans, Beets, Cabbage, Cantaloupe, Cucumber, Melons, Parsley, Peas, Early Potatoes, Pumpkin, Squash Tomato
Cucumber Bush Beans, Pole Beans, Cabbage Family, Corn, Dill, Eggplant, Lettuce, Marigold, Onions, Peas, Radish, Tomato, Sunflower Basil, Potatoes, Rosemary, Sage
Dill Cabbage Cucumbers, Dill, Fennel, Lettuce, Onion Carrot, Coriander, Tomato,
Garlic Brassicas, Beets, Celery, Cucumbers, Lettuce, Potatoes, Tomatoes Beans, Peas
Kale Dill, Garlic, Mint, Nasturtium, Onions, Potatoes, Rosemary, Sage, Thyme Basil, Strawberries, Tomatoes
Leek Carrots, Celery, Lettuce, Onions Beans, Peas
Lettuce Carrots, Corn, Dill, Fennel, Pole Beans, Potatoes, Radishes Cauliflower, Kale, Garlic, Onions
Marigolds Broccoli, Cucumber, Peppers, Tomato, and most plants  
Melon Corn, Radish, Sunflowers, Tomatoes  
Onion Beets, Cabbage Family, Carrots, Celery, Cucumber, Lettuce, Parsnip, Peppers, Spinach, Squash, Strawberries, Tomato, Turnip Asparagus, beans, peas, sage
Peas Bush Beans, Pole Beans, Carrots, Celery, Corn, Cucumber, Eggplant, Parsley, Radish, Spinach, Strawberry, Sweet Pepper, Turnips Onions, Shallots, garlic, and potatoes
Potato Carrots, Cauliflower, Chard, Corn, Cucumber, Eggplant, Lettuce, Marigold, Pea, Potato, Radish, Rosemary, Strawberry Cucumber, Parsnip, Pumpkin, Squash Family, Sunflower, Turnip, Fennel
Radish Beans, Beets, Carrots, Chervil, Cucumber, Lettuce, Melons, Nasturtium, Parsnips, Peas, Spinach, Squash Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Hyssop, Kohlrabi, Potato and Turnips
Spinach Celery, Corn, Eggplant, Cauliflower, Peas, Beans, Strawberries Potatoes
Squash Corn, Onion, Radish, Beans, Mint, Catnip Pumpkins, Potatoes
Strawberry Bush Beans, Lettuce, Onion, Radish, Spinach, Sage, Thyme Cabbage Potato
Tomato Asparagus, Basil, Bean, Cabbage Family, Carrots, Celery, Chive, Cucumber, Garlic, Lettuce, Marigold, Mint, Onion, Parsley, Pepper Pole Beans, Corn, Dill, Fennel, Potato

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Consider Your Plant’s Friends

Companion planting is a fantastic way to get the most out of your crop. It can protect from unwanted pests, enhance the flavor of various plants, increase the yield by attracting pollinators, and even provide protection from wind or sun. Companion planting is a must for Square Foot Gardens and a bonus for traditional gardens. As you spend time this spring planning your summer garden, consider your plant’s friends and use Companion Planting guidelines to design your garden.

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Do you have plans for a garden this year?  Have you done Companion Planting in the past?  If so, how’d it work for you?

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  1. Harmony, Momma To Go says

    I definitely want to do some planting again this year! last year I had success with herbs and peppers. I think Ill try some more herbs again. Im not much of a green thumb!

  2. Jordan says

    This seriously could not have come at a better time! I am such an amateur when it comes to gardening but I want so badly to do it this spring/summer!

  3. Melissa says

    THANK YOU for sharing this!!! I am a total newbie with the whole veggie/herb garden and need to make sure I not only optimize the space I have but also control those slugs, earwigs, snails etc (Argh!!!!). I am bookmarking this for Spring!

  4. adriana says

    Such great tips! I can’t wait for it to warm up and for spring to get here so I can work on my garden!

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