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Companion Planting

Companion Planting
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Companion planting is the practice of growing different plants together. Certain combinations of plants make them more productive—often because some plants have complementary characteristics, such as their nutrient requirements, growth habits, or pest-repelling abilities.

  1. What plants should be planted together?
  2. What are some examples of companion planting?
  3. What vegetables can be planted next to each other?
  4. What plants should not be planted next to each other?
  5. What grows well with lettuce?
  6. What should not be planted with tomatoes?
  7. What are 5 benefits of companion planting?
  8. What herbs are best planted next to each other?
  9. How does companion planting work?
  10. What herbs should not be planted together?
  11. Can I plant cucumbers next to zucchini?
  12. Can tomatoes and peppers be planted together?

What plants should be planted together?

Chart of Plants that Like & Don't Like Growing Together

VegetableLikes Growing With
CarrotBeans, Lettuce, Peas, Tomatoes, Onions, Chives
CauliflowerBeans, Celery, Oregano, Hyssop
CeleryCabbages, Spinach, Tomatoes, Onion
CornBeans, Cucumber, Peas, Pumpkin, Potato, Sunflowers

What are some examples of companion planting?

One of the most well-known examples of companion planting is that of the "Three Sisters" method, used widely by Native American farming societies. Corn, pole beans, and squash are together for mutual benefit to all three.

What vegetables can be planted next to each other?

Companion Planting Chart

Type of VegetableFriends
CabbageBeets, celery, chard, lettuce, spinach, onions
CarrotsBeans, lettuce, onions, peas, peppers, tomatoes
CornClimbing beans, cucumber, marjoram, peas, pumpkins, squash, sunflowers, zucchini
OnionsCabbage, carrots, chard, lettuce, peppers, tomatoes

What plants should not be planted next to each other?

Other commonly believed plant incompatibilities include the following plants to avoid near one another:

What grows well with lettuce?

These companion plants for lettuce include:

What should not be planted with tomatoes?

Plants that should not share space with tomatoes include the Brassicas, such as broccoli and cabbage. Corn is another no-no, and tends to attract tomato fruit worm and/or corn ear worm. Kohlrabi thwarts the growth of tomatoes and planting tomatoes and potatoes increases the chance of potato blight disease.

What are 5 benefits of companion planting?

7 Benefits of Companion Planting

What herbs are best planted next to each other?

Moisture loving herbs such as tarragon, cilantro, and basil should be grouped together. Parsley should be included as well, but be aware that parsley is a biennial and will die back after two years. For a truly aromatic pairing, try growing lemon verbena and lemon thyme together.

How does companion planting work?

Companion planting, or "intercropping," enhances the growth cycle of plants by releasing chemical attractants or repellents, which provide pollination benefits or protection from insects. Companion plants, like onions, release odors that help deter insect infestation.

What herbs should not be planted together?

Carrots and anise (Pimpinella anisum, USDA zones 4-9) should be kept separate, and rue and basil make poor companions for plants in the Brassica genus. Rosemary should be kept away from other herbs as well as all potatoes, carrots and members of the Cucurbita genus.

Can I plant cucumbers next to zucchini?

Planting companion veggies together helps you increase the overall density of what you can grow in a small plot, plus you'll yield a more productive crop. Cucumbers and zucchinis are from the same family -- Cucurbitaceae, or the squash family -- so these cousins can be planted together in your vegetable garden.

Can tomatoes and peppers be planted together?

Tomatoes

Although it's usually recommended to not plant tomatoes and peppers right after each other in the same bed every year, they can be grown together in the same garden bed (and then rotated to another bed next season).

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