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.


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    Strategically plan your garden for the best harvest.
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    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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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.

Carol J Montgomery-Taylor
5/25/2021 9:53:10 PM

To Audie: I have found that Rue can be planted in medicinal garden spaces with Mallow, Red Sorrel, and Lemon Balm (if contained to prevent overspread), and believe it or not, Red Bee-Balm. The ideal is to keep Rue away from culinary herbs, one of the families to which Basil belongs.


Margaret
4/6/2021 12:49:03 AM

Nasturtium do not repel aphids. They are more like a delicious sacrifice that attract aphids away from your other plants.


Audie
3/5/2021 11:07:52 AM

so this says to keep basil away from rue, but then does not tell where to plant the rue?






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