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Companion Planting: Friends and Foes

Companion Planting: Friends and Foes

Campanion _plantingSome plants thrive much better when planted closer to other specific plants because each plant is taking and releasing different nutrients into the soil. If you plant potatoes near tomatoes both plants will do very poorly. Think of it as plants having friends!

Plants also have enemies that they don't do well near. This is called companion planting. Planting in guilds and intercropping are also based on the concept of companion planting. So think ahead about good roommates for your food crops!

Friends:
  • Parsley LOVES Tomatoes, Asparagus
  • Onion / Garlic LOVES Beets, Strawberries, Tomato, Lettuce, Beans
  • Leek LOVES onions, carrots
  • Cucumber LOVES Radishes, Peas, Sunflowers, Corn, Beans
  • Lettuce LOVES Strawberries, Carrots, Radishes
  • Carrots LOVE Peas, Chives, Onions, Leek, Rosemary, Sage, Tomatoes
  • Beets LOVE Kohlrabi, Onions
  • Corn LOVES Pumpkin, Potatoes, Peas, Pole or Bush Beans, Squash, Cucumbers
  • Bush Bean LOVES Strawberries, Sunflowers, Potatoes, Cucumbers, Petunias
  • Cabbage / Kale/ Broccoli / Cauliflower / Kohlrabi ALL LOVE Thyme, Dill, Sage, Rosemary, Beets, Onion, Potatoes
  • Turnip LOVES Peas
  • Spinach LOVES Strawberries
  • Pumpkin LOVES Corn
  • Potato LOVES Beans, Corn, Cabbage, Marigolds, Eggplant
  • Tomato LOVES Basil, Chives, Parsley, Borage, Bee Balm, Carrots, Onion, Marigolds

Foes:

  •  Beans HATE Onions
  •  Peas HATE Onions, garlic, potatoes
  •  Cabbage HATES Strawberries, Tomatoes
  •  Carrot HATES Dill
  •  Pumpkin HATES Potatoes
  •  Tomato HATES Potatoes, Cucumber, Cabbage, Kohlrabi
  •  Potato HATES Pumpkin, Squash, Cucumber, Sunflowers, Tomato, Raspberry