Simple Steps to a Great Garden – Companion Planting Basics.
There are many things that go into a successful garden, like good soil, proper sunlight, and timely watering. But one that often gets overlooked is the simple practice of utilizing good companion planting basics.
What you place where in the garden can have a huge impact on a plant’s health and yields.
When vegetable plants are grown near plants they are compatible with, good things happen. And, when placed near others they are not, they can struggle.
So where you do you start when it comes to companion planting basics?
First, it starts with knowing what you want to grow. Next, you need to arm yourself with a little knowledge about what plants do best near others, and which don’t.
From there, you can create a garden plan utilizing simple companion planting basics. Basics that can take your garden to new heights this year.
It all comes down to putting the right plants in the right place.
To help you plan your great garden this year, take a look below at our companion plant list for some of the most common vegetable plants grown in the garden.
And for a complete in-depth look at everything from companion planting to crop rotation, be sure to order a copy of our new Raised Row Garden Book.
It contains a comprehensive, plant by plant garden guide for a myriad of vegetables from A to Z. Included are spacing guides, crop rotation plans and cover crop guides that can make any garden rock for years to come!
Companion Planting Basics – Simple Rules For Common Vegetable Plants
A look at some common vegetable plants grown in the garden, and where they grow best.
Garlic and Onion
Not only do garlic and onions go well with peppers and tomatoes in the kitchen, they also grow well in the garden together.
Plant onions and garlic near or with tomatoes, peppers, cabbage, carrots, lettuce and basil. Avoid planting near beans and peas.
Tomatoes and Peppers
These two garden favorites are wonderful to grow near or with cabbage, carrots, onions and garlic. Both peppers and tomatoes should be spaced and grown away from potatoes.
If you really want to help them along, grow a little basil among them. Basil is well-known as a natural deterrent against tomato hornworms, aphids, and beetles.
It is also thought that growing basil near tomatoes helps to improve their overall flavor.
One more benefit to growing basil – it can help to repel mosquitoes. And who wouldn’t like to garden more without those pesky pests!
Beans do really well when planted with corn. The Native Americans used this as part of the “Three Sister” planting method, planting corn, beans and squash together.
Other crops that will do well near beans are potatoes, cucumbers, broccoli, pumpkins and gourds. As for ones to avoid, members of the garlic and onion family should not be planted near beans.
Members of the broccoli family do well when planted near greens such as lettuce, kale and spinach.
They can also be planted near carrots, cucumbers. Do not plan directly near the nightshade family plants of potatoes, peppers or tomatoes.
Plant near beans, corn and radishes. The corn works really well as it provides some shade protection for the cucumbers and allows for the vines to grow up and have support.
Avoid planting cucumbers around potatoes – they can encourage blight in potato crops.
Here is to using a few companion planting basics this year in your garden! Jim and Mary.
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