Veggies need companionship too!
It may be chilly outside but now is the perfect time to plan your garden! With just a little careful thought, you can ensure that you have a successful organic garden this spring, summer and fall. One of the methods we've found indispensable in organic gardening is known as companion planting.
When done correctly, companion planting can help repel pests without harmful chemicals and fortify the soil naturally. This sounds great, right? You may think that companion planting sounds like a lot of work. In truth, companion planting is easy to do and the rewards are well worth the small amount of time it takes to plan.
Companion Planting Guide
There are many resources both in the library and online that you can utilize when companion planting but for your convenience, I've included a basic list of what to and what NOT to plant together in your garden.
Vegetable Likes Doesn't Do Well With
Asparagus Parsley, Tomatoes -------
Beans (Bush) Beets, Carrots, Fennel, Garlic, Onions
Beans (Pole) Marigolds, Radishes Garlic, Onions
Cabbage Family Beets, Celery, Corn, Dill , Fennel, Pole Beans,
Onions,Sage, Sunflowers Tomatoes
Cantaloupe Corn, Sunflowers Potatoes
Carrots Lettuce (Leaf), Parsley, Dill
Corn Beans, Cucumbers, Peas, ------
Cucumbers Beans, Cabbage, Corn, Potatoes
Eggplant Beans Potatoes
Lettuce Carrots, Cucumbers, -------
Onions Beats, Cabbage, Lettuce, ------
Peas Beans, Carrots, Corn, Garlic, Onions
Potatoes Beans, Cabbage, Sunflowers
Pumpkins Corn Potatoes
Radishes Beets, Carrots, Spinach -------
Turnips Peas --------
Squash Radishes --------
Tomatoes Asparagus, Basil, Cabbage, Fennel,
In no way is this list complete. I'm sure there are many more plants that can be beneficial to each other but I believe it will give you a good start with common vegetables you can grow in your home garden.
Companion plants can be often grown intertwined in the same beds for maximum benefit. For example, we have grown carrots in the "wasted" empty space around our tomato plants. Just take a little time to think about the space that you have and the light needs your plants will have. Sun loving plants such as tomatoes can often shelter plants that need a little more shade.
Much like people, plants sharing a small space can bring out the best or the worst in each other. So choose your plants "roommates" wisely. They will be happier and healthier for it!