Top Plants for Companion Planting

You can use specific plant combinations to repel pests, control weeds, and boost your garden’s overall health.

| April/May 2018

  • Garden results from companion planting
    Planting the right companions in your garden can repel pests, control weeds, enrich the soil, and more.
    Photo by Getty Images/rviard
  • Radishes and carrots as companion plants
    Radishes and carrots are well-known companion plants, as the quick-growing radishes provide shelter for the slow-to-germinate carrots.
    Photo by Adobe Stock/NCA Images
  • buckwheat to shade short crops
    Tall buckwheat can provide needed shade to shorter crops.
    Photo by Adobe Stock/Andris Tkacenko
  • mulch fall-planted kohlrabi
    When pulled, buckwheat plants can serve as a mulch for fall-planted kohlrabi.
    Photo by Barbara Pleasant
  • plants to attract beneficial insects
    You can plant to attract beneficial insects. Here, a hover fly pollinates a bloom.
    Photo by Getty Images/hmproudlove
  • cilantro blossoms wasps kill pests
    Cilantro blossoms attract parasitic wasps, and these wasps will lay their eggs on tomato hornworms, thereby killing the pests that feed on your tomatoes.
    Photo by Adobe Stock/Stephen Bonk
  • Aphid eating butterfly
    An aphid-eating ladybug larvae.
    Photo by Flickr/Jean_and_Fred
  • companion planting plans
    These four examples of companion planting plans in small plots were developed with the Mother Earth News Vegetable Garden Planner.
    Photo from www.GrowingInteractive.com
  • interplant cabbage cover crop
    Cabbage interplanted with a cover crop.
    Photo by Getty Images/apichsn
  • Fly pollinates fennel
    A hover fly pollinates fennel.
    Photo by Getty Images/Mantonature
  • Marigolds release nematode repellents
    Marigolds release nematode repellents into a raised bed garden.
    Photo by Getty Images/Robert Biedermann
  • Corn shade beans
    Towering corn casts welcome shade on beans.
    Photo by Barbara Pleasant
  • shallots clovers soil-enrichment
    Shallots benefit from clover's soil-enrichment qualities.
    Photo by Barbara Pleasant

  • Garden results from companion planting
  • Radishes and carrots as companion plants
  • buckwheat to shade short crops
  • mulch fall-planted kohlrabi
  • plants to attract beneficial insects
  • cilantro blossoms wasps kill pests
  • Aphid eating butterfly
  • companion planting plans
  • interplant cabbage cover crop
  • Fly pollinates fennel
  • Marigolds release nematode repellents
  • Corn shade beans
  • shallots clovers soil-enrichment

Companion planting means growing two or more different plants in close proximity for a specific purpose, such as better pest control or higher yields. In the past, many companion planting practices were based on folklore or bad science, but recent research into reducing pesticide use on farms has shed new light on how companion planting works.

Increased diversity is at the heart of companion planting. Incorporating plants that attract beneficial insects, deter pests, or invigorate the soil will turn up the volume on interactions between plants, insects, and the soil food web — and the result is boosted garden resilience. A successful combination often has multiple benefits. For example, when arugula and onions are grown together, the onions repel some flea beetles from the arugula, while the wide leaves of arugula smother weeds and shade the onion roots. A good companion planting scheme often has a ripple effect that will enhance the health of your vegetable garden.

The trick is finding plant combinations that work well, are easy to manage, and accomplish one or more of these goals:

• Reduce pests.



• Deliver better weed control.

• Enrich the soil.






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