Veggie Companion Planting 101 | Gardening tips

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Companion planting is a concept that has been practiced for years.  There are groups of vegetables and flowers that grow more robustly together than alone.  For this discussion, we will be talking about vegetables and their companions.  The list below is a good start:

Beans & Beets

Like: carrots, cole crops (broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, kohlrabi, etc), corn,  cucumber, peas

Cole Crops ( also known as cruciferous vegetables: broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, kohlrabi, etc)

       Like: carrots, onions, beets, garlic improves flavor, rosemary, sage, mint deters cabbage moth

Hate: tomatoes, strawberries, pole beans; all of which are thought to negatively affect growth

Corn

     Like:  beans & peas & pumpkin  which are nitrogen fixers from air into the soil and corn needs plenty of nitrogen

Cucumbers

   Like: beans, cole

   Hate: pumpkins, squash, sage, zucchini – will not produce

Tomatoes

    Love:  Basil – best garden buddy   Like: parsley & oregano

    Avoid planting veggies that share common problems that tomatoes are susceptible to such as: peppers, eggplant, okra,   and  potatoes =  space these apart from each other so they don’t infect one another or share bugs with each other.

– One other note: Marigolds in general deter beetles

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