Some plants do better when in the company of other plants for a variety of reasons…to repel harmful insects, to attract useful insects, or to enhance the growth rate and flavor of other plants. Companion plants help bring a balanced eco-system to your garden. Every garden is different with different problems. All problems will not be eliminated, but it is definitely worth experimenting with companion plants. Below are the top 10 plant companion combinations.
- Tomatoes & Basil
Both greatly improve the other’s growth and flavor.
Basil also helps control the tomato hornworm.
- Garlic & Roses
Pests, such as aphids, are repelled by the smell of garlic.
- Horseradish & Potatoes
Horseradish repels the Colorado potato beetle and blister beetles.
- Spinach & Strawberries
- Corn, Beans & Squash – “The Three Sisters”
A Native American practice passed on to the first settlers. Beans fix
nitrogen into the soil, making it available to corn. In turn, corn
provides support and shade to the beans and squash.
- Dill & Cabbage
Dill improves the growth and health of cabbage.
- Marigolds & All Plants
Marigolds keep the soil free of bad nematodes.
- Radishes & Squash
Radishes protect zucchini, cucumbers and squash against squash borers.
- Corn & Melons
- Peas & Carrots