Companion Planting

Some plants make good neighbors, some don't. Without much scientific corroboration, gardeners throughout the centuries have practiced the folk art of companion planting. Plants out in the garden have very specific likes and dislikes. Give it a try! If it doesn't work, you haven't hurt their feelings!

Two very nice little reference books by Louise Riotte are:

If you'd like to give it a try, here's a short list to get you started.

Anise Close to coriander, far from carrots.

Asparagus  Thrives near basil, parsley and tomatoes. Hates onions.

Basil  Great companion for tomatoes and asparagus.

Beans  Great companion for tomatoes and asparagus.

Cabbage  The whole family (brassica) love herbs and get along with beets, cucumbers, lettuce, onions, radishes potatoes and marigolds.

Carrot  Plant near tomatoes, cucumbers, beans onions, lettuce, and peas. Keep them away from dill.

Cucumber  Grows well near radishes, beans, members of the cabbage family, tomatoes, peas, marigolds and oregano.  Keep away from sage.

Dill  Grow near onions and members of the cabbage family. Keep away from carrots and tomatoes.

Eggplant  Grows well near beans, peppers, tarragon, thyme and marigolds.

Garlic  Repels many different garden pests.  Grow anywhere sunny.

Lettuce  Plant near cabbage, beets, carrots, chives, garlic and onion. Doesn't like broccoli.

Mint  Attracts many beneficial insects.

Mustard  Likes beans, hates turnips.

Nasturtium  Traps aphids, repels many pests. Good companion for cabbage crops, beans and peppers.

Onions  Set near beets, carrots, lettuce, spinach, potatoes, and cabbage crops. Keep away from sage and peas.

Parsley  Good near asparagus, corn and tomatoes.  Repels pests.

Peas  Likes tomatoes, eggplant, lettuce, spinach, peppers and corn, radishes, cucumbers, carrots, and beans.  Keep them far from garlic and onions.

Peppers  Plant near carrots, onions, marigolds, basil, marjoram or oregano. Avoid beans, eggplant, tomatoes, fennel and kohlrabi.

Radishes  Interplant with lettuce, cabbage, tomatoes, beans or beets.  Good with peas, parsnips, onions, carrots, cucumbers or squash.

Spinach  Good companion for eggplant, cabbage crops, peas, onions, marigolds, beans. Not so friendly to potatoes.

Squash  Plant with beans, corn, sunflowers, marigolds, radishes, mint. Keep away from potatoes.

Tomatoes  Plant near asparagus, cabbage, carrots, cucumbers, onions, peppers, marigolds, basil, parsley, and sage.  Keep away from corn, dill, fennel, kohlrabi and potatoes