The Buddy System - Companion Planting In The Garden

Companion planting is an important aspect of any garden but particularly important to an organic garden because it can naturally assist in insect control and sometimes give added vigor to the plant.  It's also important to know what grows together/doesn't grow well together so you aren't hindering their growth and overall health.

Here are a few typical garden plants and a list of what they like and/or don't like:

Asparagus - likes parsley, basil, tomatoes {tomatoes can help control asparagus beetles}.

Beans - like carrots, cauliflower and marigolds.  More specifically, Green Beans like savory, Broad Beans like corn, Bush Beans like a moderate amount of celery, cucumbers, strawberries and summer savory.  Pole Beans like corn and summer savory and dislike kohlrabi, sunflower and beets.

Beets like bush beans, onions and kohlrabi.  Dislikes pole beans.

Broccoli likes dill, celery, chamomile, sage, peppermint, rosemary, potatoes, beets and onions.  Dislikes tomatoes, pole beans and strawberries.

Cabbage likes hyssop, thyme, celery, dill, chamomile, sage, peppermint, rosemary, onions and potatoes.  Dislikes potatoes, strawberries, tomatoes and pole beans.

Carrots like onion, leeks, rosemary, wormwood, sage and tomatoes.

Cauliflower likes celery.  Dislikes tomatoes and strawberry.

Corn likes potatoes, peas, beans, cucumbers, pumpkins, squash and odorless marigold.

Cucumber likes corn, beans, peas, radish and sunflower.  Dislikes potatoes and aromatic herbs.

Eggplant likes green beans.

Kale likes cabbage and potatoes.

Kohlrabi likes onion, beets, aromatic herbs and cucumbers.  Dislikes strawberries, tomatoes and pole beans.

Lettuce likes strawberries, cucumbers, carrots, onion, and radish.

Melon likes corn and sunflowers.  Dislikes potatoes.

Onions like beets, strawberries, tomatoes, lettuce and summer savory.  Dislikes peas and beans.

Peas like carrots, turnips, radish, cucumbers, corn, beans, potatoes, and aromatic herbs.  Dislikes onions and garlic.

Pumpkins like corn.  Dislike potatoes.

Squash likes radish and nasturtiums.

Tomatoes like asparagus, chives, onion, parsley, marigold, nasturtium, carrot and garlic.  Dislike other members of the Brassica family, potatoes and fennel.

Watermelon likes potatoes.

Do you purposely plant things together?

sharing at the Maple Hill Hop!

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  1. I can't wait until we get moved up to OR, and find a new home. Next year I will be re-reading this article as I plan my garden! Thanks for this information.
    Have a great weekend!

  2. Thank you for this great list! I'm going to print it and add it to my farming binder I've made :) Right now, I'm stuck doing container gardening, but when we purchase land, I'm hopeful for companion planting. One of my friends has been organic companion planting for about 5 years, and it seems to help cut down on the pests and increase the yields. Here's hoping!

  3. Wonderful to have this list available for future planting! Thanks for sharing on The Maple Hill Hop!

  4. I'm so happy it has come in handy! I agree Caitlin - definitely helps cut down the pests. Now if I could just get rid of squash bugs..... :)


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