Who’s Your Buddy? Let’s Take a Look at Vegetable Companion Planting
Companion planting is a concept that has been practiced for years. It is born out of the idea that there are groups of vegetables and flowers that grow more robustly together than they do alone. And conversely, there are certain plants that actually grow worse – their growth slows down or is impeded – by certain neighbouring plants.
We have put together the chart below to give you ideas as you plan your veggie gardens, be they in ground, in raised beds, or in square foot gardens.
Before we get to the chart, just a few quick definitions:
- Allium Family – onions, garlic, leeks, chives, shallots
- Cole crops – also known as cruciferous vegetables – include: broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, kohlrabi, etc
- Leaf crops – includes lettuce, lettuce mixes, spinach, Swiss chard
- Root crops – the roots are the vegetables we eat – include: beets, carrots, potatoes, parsnips, onions, turnips
- Squash family – includes squash, pumpkins, zucchini
One other note: Marigolds are included in this chart because of their overall benefit to gardens in general – they assist in controlling many garden pests and nematodes. Specifics are included in the chart.
We welcome you to reach out to us with any questions that you may have via email us and encourage you to come into our greenhouse this spring for seeds and started veggies in our vegetable department. We’d be delighted to help you choose fun and tasty varieties to try this growing season.
Vegetable Companion Planting
|carrots, celery, cole crops, corn, cucumbers, lettuce, onions, peas, potatoes, squash family
|allium family, cabbage, chives, fennel, peppers, sunflowers||corn acts as a trellis,
beans add nitrogen to the soil
|carrots, cole crops, corn, cucumbers, lettuce, peas, onions||beans, tomatoes|
|asparagus, allium family, beans, lettuce, parsley, peas, peppers, rosemary
|celery, coriander, dill, parsnip, potatoes||onion, parsley & rosemary help the companions deter carrot fly|
|beans, cole crops, dill, leeks, marjoram, peas, potatoes, spinach, tomato, cosmos, daisies, marigolds, nasturtiums, snapdragons||anise, dill, carrots, corn, parsley, potato, asters||Asters may cause a disease called Aster Yellows|
|beets, carrots, celery, dill, garlic, mint onions, parsnips, peas, rosemary, sage||pole beans, onions, potatoes, tomatoes, strawberries,
|mint & rosemary deter cabbage moth
garlic improves flavor
|beans & peas & pumpkin
cucumber, lettuce, marjoram, potatoes, sunflower, squash family
|celery, tomato||beans + corn + pumpkin / squash = the 3 sisters that work together to fix nitrogen from the air & into the soil|
cole crops, corn, dill, lettuce, peas
|squash family, potatoes, heavily aromatic herbs||potatoes & zucchini cause cucumbers to produce poorly|
|beans, beets, cole crops, leeks, mint, peas, peppers, radishes, strawberries, marigold||parsley||mint helps to repel slugs|
|cole crops, cucumbers, lettuce, potatoes, squash family, tomatoes||beneficial for deterring many garden insect pests, beetles, and root crop damaging nematodes|
|beets, carrots, cole crops, lettuce, parsnips, peppers, potatoes, tomato, rosemary, strawberry||asparagus, beans, peas, sage|
|beans, beets, carrots, celery, cole crops, corn, cucumbers, lettuce, potatoes, radishes, squash, sage, turnips||allium family, onions, tomatoes|
|basil, carrots, coriander, onions, spinach, tomatoes||beans, eggplant share similar traits and pests – keep a distance from each other|
|basil, beans, celery, corn, garlic, lettuce, onion, peas, spinach,||asparagus, carrots, cole crops, cucumber, peppers, squash, tomatoes, raspberries, strawberries, sunflowers||cucumbers, raspberries & tomatoes share similar pests – maintain a healthy distance from each other|
|beans, corn, dill, garlic, peas, radish, strawberries, spinach, marigolds, nasturtiums, sunflower||potatoes|
|Basil – best garden buddy for tomatoes
asparagus, carrots, celery, chives, oregano, onion, parsley, rosemary, strawberry
|beets, cole crops, corn, eggplant, okra, peas, peppers, potatoes
|share common insects & diseases with peppers, eggplant, okra, and potatoes = space these apart from each other so they don’t infect one another|
- The Encyclopedia of Natural Insect & Disease Control edited by Roger B. Yepsen, Jr.