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Proven Companion Planting Combos

The right combos will save space and provide weed and pest control. 

By Barbara Pleasant 

The idea of “companion planting” has been around for thousands of years, during which time it has become so besmirched with bad science and metaphysics that many gardeners aren’t sure what it means. It turns out many of the plant partnerships listed in “traditional” companion-planting charts don’t actually work well. Reaping the benefits of companion planting is possible, though, as long as you look to time-tested crop combinations, such as those on our chart below.

Read Companion Planting With Vegetables and Flowers to learn more.




Onions with leafy greens

Cabbage-family crops with leaf lettuce or radishes

Tomatoes with lettuce, radicchio or celery

Tomatoes with lima beans (hot climates)

Corn with pole beans and squash

Sweet corn with peppers

Broccoli with radishes and lettuce

Spinach with garlic


Contributing editor Barbara Pleasant gardens in southwest Virginia, where she grows vegetables, herbs, fruits, flowers and a few lucky chickens. Contact Barbara by visiting her website or finding her on .

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William Elizalde
4/30/2011 12:03:49 PM
I have been reading mother Earth News since I retired from the Army in 2002. So I started this, with My Fiance in mind who has Multiple Sclerosis! I plan to do some companion planting, and possibly build a top bar bee hive this year. Is there a chart for the seasons that has suggested combo's that I may look at for references. I started with 7 raised beds the first year; all 4 ft wide most of those were 14 ft long 2 were 22 ft long.I use horse and chicken manure for conditioning the soil, along with several different composting structures. to help nurish the plants as the season continues. I now have 20 beds in total and still adding; all have the inner width of 4 feet. I have read several article's on companion crops and wish there is such a site as I plant late do to frost conditions here.

Sharon Johnson
4/22/2011 6:39:41 PM
I don't have any comments at this time

Shelly Kave
4/1/2011 9:01:49 PM
I am entering my info into the garden planner. I am going to companion plant corn and beans so I did one row of corn and then one row of beans. I copy and pasted until I had all of the rows accounted for. That was the only way I could figure out to incorporate the companion gardening.

Newbie NJ Gardener
3/31/2011 10:14:26 AM
Does the Vegetable Garden Planner allow for companion planting?

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