An In-Depth Companion Planting Guide

For a healthy, thriving garden, consult this companion planting guide when you're deciding what seeds to put where.

| May/June 1981

  • companion planting guide
    A companion planting guide is almost a necessity for gardeners when there are so many types of fruits and vegetables to choose from.
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  • Basil makes a great planting companion for most garden crops.
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  • Flowers, herbs, and vegetable crops alike can benefit from each other during the growing process.
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  • companion planting guide

A companion planting guide such as this one will show you which vegetables and flowers support or inhibit the growth of other plants and/or which pests they deter.

Basil

Plant near: most garden crops
Keep away from: rue
Comments: improves the flavor and growth of garden crops, especially tomatoes and lettuce. Repels mosquitoes.

Beans, Bush

Plant near: beets, cabbage, carrots, catnip, cauliflower, corn, cucumbers, marigolds, potatoes, savory, strawberries
Keep away from: fennel, garlic, leeks, onions, shallots
Comments: potatoes and marigolds repel Mexican bean beetles. Catnip repels flea beetles.

Beans, Pole

Plant near: corn, marigolds, potatoes, radishes
Keep away from: beets, garlic, kohlrabi, leeks, onions, shallots
Comments: same as for bush beans.



Beets

Plant near: broccoli, brussels sprouts, bush beans, cabbage, cauliflower, chard, kohlrabi, onions
Keep away from: charlock, field mustard, pole beans
Comments:

Borage

Plant near:  squash, strawberries, tomatoes
Keep away from:
Comments: repels tomato worms. Improves flavor and growth of companions.

nlpakk
9/27/2019 9:50:21 AM

Hi, What happens if you do plant bush beans next to leeks? I did this before I read somewhere that you shouldn't put them together. So far the beans are doing fine but some of the foliage has turned yellow. I haven't dug any leeks yet to see if anything happened to them. I planted the beans in mid August (I'm in NY) which I normally don't do a second planting that late. Any comments would be appreciated. Thanks for the companion planting chart. Nancy


Radicalregernerativegardeningandfarming
3/13/2019 11:27:45 AM

Very nice introduction to companion planting. I teach the 5 components of companion planting; spacial, botanical, biological, nutrient cycling, succession and rotation. I have more info on my blog; ;frankholzman.blogspot.com and in my book, Radical Regenerative Gardening and Farming.


HeidiHerzberger
2/17/2019 1:14:28 PM

In answer to Kit6 from 6/14/2018 Bohnenkraut is Summer Savory.







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