COMPANION PLANTING: FINDING LOVE AMONG VEGETABLES, HERBS AND FLOWERS

Today, we are going to talk about love. Love is an important part of people’s lives. It gives us a feeling of belonging, and a sense of purpose. It helps us to feel connected. It makes our heart sing. And today, I would like to tell you about a very special kind of love that exists in the world, a love that is a benefit to all of mankind.

And that is love among plants.

Yes, even plants fall in love. Sometimes, when put together, they help each other out. Their union is greater than the sum of their parts. Magic is created.

And yes, some plants just aren’t a good match, and leave each other worse off. Even plants have dysfunctional relationships.

Knowing which plants make good or bad partners can help you optimize your garden space, maximize how much you produce, minimize pest and weed issues, and create overall harmony in your garden.

So let’s begin!

VEGETABLE COMPANION PLANTING

What plants are a good match for these vegetables? Which just aren’t their type?

Alliums (onions, garlic, chives)

Alliums offer a companion many benefits, such as repelling slugs, aphids and cabbage worms.

Match Made in Heaven: carrots

Headed for Trouble: beans, peas, parsley

Asparagus

When teamed with Basil, Asparagus attracts ladybugs, a helpful garden insect.

Match Made in Heaven: Tomatoes, parsley, Basil, Marigolds, Dill

Headed for Trouble: Onions, garlic, potatoes.

Brassicas (broccoli, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower)

Brassicas can offer a partner a future free of wireworms.

Match Made in Heaven: alliums, dill, rosemary, geraniums.

Headed for Trouble: tomatoes, peppers, mustards.

Beans

Bean plants host bacteria that produce a great fertilizer for nitrogen-loving plants, as well as repel California beetles.

Match Made in Heaven: Egg plant, summer savory

Headed for Trouble: alliums, brassicas, chilipeppers.

Beats

Beat leaves will add tons of magnesium to the soil.

Match Made in Heaven: Garlic, mint, catnip

Headed for Trouble: Runner or pole beans (will stunt each other’s growth)

Carrots

Carrots are the drama Queen of the vegetable kingdom, prone to complex relationships with other plants.

Match Made in Heaven: alliums, beans, rosemary, sage, wormwood.

Headed for Trouble: radish, dill, parsnip

Celery

Match Made in Heaven: Daisies, cosmos, snapdragons

Headed for Trouble: Aster flowers and corn (can spread yellow disease)

Corn

A bit on the kinky side, corn works well with the 3 sisters technique.

Match Made in Heaven: Legumes, sunflower, potatoes, parsley

Headed for Trouble: Tomatoes, celery

Cucumber

Cucumbers can provide a partner with an abundance of ground beetles.

Match Made in Heaven: Radishes, marigolds, sunflowers, carrots, dill, peas, beats

Headed for Trouble: Tomatoes, sage

Lettuce

Lettuce is looking for a partner that can repel slugs on a regular basis.

Match Made in Heaven: Mints, radish, beans, carrots

Headed for Trouble: celery, cabbage, parsley

Nightshades (tomatoes, potatoes, chili peppers, egg plants, tobacco)

Match Made in Heaven: alliums, carrots, mints

Headed for Trouble: beans, corn, brassica, dill

Pumpkin/Squash

Pumpkins and squash can attract spiders and ground beetles, if that’s your kind of thing.

They also like to get wild with the 3 sisters technique.

Match Made in Heaven: radishes, catnip, buckwheat

Headed for Trouble: These social butterflies get along with everyone.

Spinach

Spinach is just looking for a partner who can provide a little shade.

Match Made in Heaven: beans, peas.

HERB COMPANION PLANTING

Herbs are pretty independent little guys and gals, so let’s look at it from a different angle. What plants do certain herbs help?

Basil: helps tomatoes, asparagus, peppers, oregano.

Chamomile: helps Wheat, Onion, Cucumber, Cabbage and Basil.

Chives: helps apples, carrots, tomatoes, brassica.

Dill: helps cabbages, corn, cucumbers, lettuce and onions.

Garlic: helps cucumbers, celery lettuce, apples, pears, roses.

Oregano: Tomatoes, peppers.

Parsley: helps asparagus, corn, tomatoes.

Peppermint: helps brassica.

Rosemary: helps cabbage, carrots, beans, sage.

Sage: helps cabbage, carrots, beans, rosemary.

Summer savoury: helps green beans, onions.

Tansy: helps beans, cucumber, corn, squash, roses.

Thyme: helps cabbage, broccoli.

FLOWER COMPANION PLANTING

What plants do certain flowers help?

Geraniums: helps corn, peppers, grapes, roses.

Lupin: helps brassica, lettuce, cucumbers, squash, dill, rosemary, strawberry.

Marigold: helps tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, squash, brassicas.

Nasturtium: helps cucumbers, beans, tomatoes, brassica, radish, apples, melons.

Petunias: helps squash, cucumbers, pumpkin, asparagus.

Sunflower: helps corn, tomatoes.

Tansy: helps cucumbers, squash, roses, various berries.

Zinnia: helps beans, tomatoes, peppers.

With this guide, love can bloom in your garden, and you can have healthier plants that produce better results.

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Good luck and stay prepared!

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