Companion Planting: Which Plants Work Best Together?

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Believe it or not, some plants bully others. That means that, when choosing the inhabitants of your garden, you need to ask yourself: Which plants would get along best together in the allotted space?


We all know about wild animal control - bugs and animals are never welcome in the garden - but we don't always think enough about one plant's impact on another. When certain types can be downright mean to others, companion planting is something we should always have in mind. The following guide will help you to separate friends from enemies in your garden this season:




This vegetable, super rich in folic acid, can neighbor pretty much anything in your garden. It never serves as an enemy to other plants, and its growth and prosperity is not vulnerable to others, either. Some of the best options with which to surround your asparagus are basil, parsley, tomatoes, beets or spinach. These items repel pests, thus helping the asparagus thrive.




The protein-heavy and fibrous bean family works best with broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, corn, cucumbers, peas, potatoes and radishes. Garlic, onion, pepper or shallot can negatively impact beans' growth, so put some distance between them.




High in fiber and potassium, beets are a great addition to your garden. They get along best with bush beans, members of the cabbage family (cabbage, broccoli, kale, Brussels sprouts), lettuce and onions. Garlic will actually boost beets' growth, so definitely put them together. Plant your pole beans and beets at opposite sides of the garden, because they don't like each other.




Pair your broccoli, which will bring you loads of vitamin C, with beans, beets, celery, cucumbers, onions or potatoes. Sage is a particularly protective ally, as it will deter pests. Keep the cabbage, cauliflower, lettuce and tomatoes away from your broccoli.




These orange sticks are packed with vitamin A. In order to yield the healthiest carrots, accompany them with chives, which boost their growth and flavor. Other companion plants include beans, lettuce, onions, peas, peppers, radishes and tomatoes. Keep your dill away from your carrots; it will impede growth.




These white florets are bursting with protein, fiber, vitamin B6 and a ton of vitamin C. They're incredibly nutritious, and worth the space in your garden. For their sake, place them near the beans, beets, celery, cucumbers, sage or thyme. Distance them from their enemies: broccoli, cabbage and tomatoes.




Rich in protein and potassium, corn can work well in your vegetable garden. Beans, cucumbers, melons, parsley, peas, potatoes, pumpkins and squash are particularly friendly neighbors to corn. Tomatoes can be harmful, however, as they're attacked by a worm that also poses a threat to corn.




Cucumbers are flavorful, low-calorie fillers that can strangle other members of your garden. Definitely give these plants something to climb, and keep them away from sage. Beans, cabbage family members, corn, peas, radishes and tomatoes are decent companions to cucumber. Oregano will do it favors, too, so stick some of that close by.




Kale, which has been dubbed one of the world's healthiest foods, is low in calories but very high in vitamins A and C. Grow it near your cabbage, dill, potatoes, rosemary or sage, but keep it away from the tomatoes.




There are a variety of types of lettuce, and they're all pretty resilient. They'll survive around most other vegetables - although broccoli isn't the best - and they'll do particularly well when near chives and garlic, which chase off aphids.




Onions are very versatile and can add loads of flavor to your recipes. When growing them, they work best with beets, the cabbage family, carrots, chard, lettuce, pepper and tomatoes. Onions negatively affect beans and peas, so don't make them neighbors.




These fibrous little balls of protein will flourish next to beans, carrots, corn, cucumbers, radish or turnips. They'll do especially well next to chives, which, as stated earlier, get rid of aphids. Garlic and onion are pea enemies; they will stunt the poor pea's growth.




Because a single type of infection affects both potatoes and tomatoes, they should be distanced. Meanwhile, horseradish can protect potatoes from other potential sources of harm.




The versatile squash can be paired with corn, melon or pumpkin. Borage and oregano are the most powerful allies to squash, as they'll protect it from worms and pests, respectively.




Toss tomatoes into your garden to add extra potassium and flavor to your recipes. When deciding what will neighbor your tomatoes, opt for asparagus, basil, bee balm, carrots, celery, chives, cucumbers, mint onions, parsley or pepper.


As you consider which vegetables to pair with which, also consider the power of marigolds. Wrapping your garden with some of these flowers can keep bugs away, making all of your vegetables healthier and happier.




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