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

Plant

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

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

BeansGood for fixing nitrogen in the soil
ChivesRepels aphids, carrot rust fly, and Japanese beetles
CilantroRepels aphids, potato beetles, and spider mites
DillAttracts wasps that eat caterpillars and repels aphids and spider mites
GarlicRepels aphids, white flies, Japanese beetles, root maggots, and carrot rust fly
MarigoldsKills nematodes, repels white flies
OreganoRepels cabbage moth
PeppermintRepels ants, white cabbage moths, aphids, and flea beetle
RosemaryRepels cabbage moth, bean beetles, and carrot flies and attracts pollinators
SageRepels cabbage moth and carrot rust fly

 

Companion Planting Chart

PlantGood CompanionBad Companion
Asparagus

 

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

 

Cabbage familyBush Beans, Beets, Carrot, Celery, Cucumber, Dill, Lettuce, Mint, Onions, Rosemary, Sage, Spinach, Thyme, Marigold, PotatoesBasil, Pole Beans, Strawberry, Tomatoes

 

CarrotsBeans, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Chives, Lettuce, Leek, Onion, Peas, Radish, Rosemary, Sage, TomatoCelery, Dill, Parsnip
CauliflowerBeans, Celery, Oregano, Peas, TomatoStrawberries
CeleryBush Beans, Cabbage, Dill, Leeks, Marjoram, TomatoesParsnip, Potato
ChivesBasil, Carrots, Marigold, Parsley, Parsnip, Strawberries, TomatoBeans
CornAll Beans, Beets, Cabbage, Cantaloupe, Cucumber, Melons, Parsley, Peas, Early Potatoes, Pumpkin, SquashTomato
CucumberBush Beans, Pole Beans, Cabbage Family, Corn, Dill, Eggplant, Lettuce, Marigold, Onions, Peas, Radish, Tomato, SunflowerBasil, Potatoes, Rosemary, Sage
DillCabbage Cucumbers, Dill, Fennel, Lettuce, OnionCarrot, Coriander, Tomato,
GarlicBrassicas, Beets, Celery, Cucumbers, Lettuce, Potatoes, TomatoesBeans, Peas
KaleDill, Garlic, Mint, Nasturtium, Onions, Potatoes, Rosemary, Sage, ThymeBasil, Strawberries, Tomatoes
LeekCarrots, Celery, Lettuce, OnionsBeans, Peas
LettuceCarrots, Corn, Dill, Fennel, Pole Beans, Potatoes, RadishesCauliflower, Kale, Garlic, Onions
MarigoldsBroccoli, Cucumber, Peppers, Tomato, and most plants 
MelonCorn, Radish, Sunflowers, Tomatoes 
OnionBeets, Cabbage Family, Carrots, Celery, Cucumber, Lettuce, Parsnip, Peppers, Spinach, Squash, Strawberries, Tomato, TurnipAsparagus, beans, peas, sage
PeasBush Beans, Pole Beans, Carrots, Celery, Corn, Cucumber, Eggplant, Parsley, Radish, Spinach, Strawberry, Sweet Pepper, TurnipsOnions, Shallots, garlic, and potatoes
PotatoCarrots, Cauliflower, Chard, Corn, Cucumber, Eggplant, Lettuce, Marigold, Pea, Potato, Radish, Rosemary, StrawberryCucumber, Parsnip, Pumpkin, Squash Family, Sunflower, Turnip, Fennel
RadishBeans, Beets, Carrots, Chervil, Cucumber, Lettuce, Melons, Nasturtium, Parsnips, Peas, Spinach, SquashBroccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Hyssop, Kohlrabi, Potato and Turnips
SpinachCelery, Corn, Eggplant, Cauliflower, Peas, Beans, StrawberriesPotatoes
SquashCorn, Onion, Radish, Beans, Mint, CatnipPumpkins, Potatoes
StrawberryBush Beans, Lettuce, Onion, Radish, Spinach, Sage, ThymeCabbage Potato
TomatoAsparagus, Basil, Bean, Cabbage Family, Carrots, Celery, Chive, Cucumber, Garlic, Lettuce, Marigold, Mint, Onion, Parsley, PepperPole 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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Comments

  1. Harmony, Momma To Go says

    March 3 at 2:47 pm

    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

    March 5 at 2:24 pm

    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

    March 6 at 2:18 am

    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

    March 6 at 8:54 pm

    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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