Just like people, our plants have friends too. Planting your veggies with others they like or don’t like growing with will help increase yields, decrease disease and can limit pests. Any time you can partner plants together and get those results it’s what we call a win-win!

There are four benefits of companion planting,

Crop Protection – Let tough plants take the brunt of weather that more delicate plants can’t. Plant tough varieties that take sun and wind and act as a natural defence against harsh conditions.

Limiting Risk – There are things outside your control (ie. weather) that can take a bite out of your production. Increasing your chances at higher yields can make up for any losses and give you a net gain in production.

Positive Hosting – Nothing invites the insects to want into your garden better than growing all their favourite things. Plants that produce a surplus of nectar and pollen beneficial insects like can keep them around and ultimate help manage harmful pests.

Trap Cropping – The best offence is a good defence. Protect the plants insects love by positioning next to plants they just can’t stand.

Chart of Plants that Like & Don’t Like Growing Together

Likes Growing With
Dislikes Growing With
 Asparagus Asters, Basil, Cilantro, Marigolds, Nasturtiums, Oregano,
Parsley, Peppers, Sage, Thyme, Tomatoes
Onion, Garlic, Potatoes
Beans Carrots, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Cucumber, Marigolds, Corn Chives, Leeks, Garlic Fixes nitrogen deficiency in soil.
Broad Beans Broccoli, Lettuce, Carrot, Corn, Celery Fennel, Onions Fixes nitrogen deficiency in soil.
Basil Asparagus, Oregano, Peppers, Tomatoes, Peppers Sage Repels flies, mosquitoes, thrips. Improves vigour & flavour in tomatoes.
Beets Bush beans, Broccoli, Corn, Garlic, Kohlrabi, Onion, Leeks, Lettuce, Mint, Sage, Cauliflower, Garlic Pole beans Add minerals to soil.
Broccoli Celery, Dill, Rosemary, Hyssop Oregano, Strawberries, Tomatoes
Cabbage Beets, Potatoes, Onion, Sage, Celery, Chamomile Strawberries, Tomatoes, Eggplant
Carrot Beans, Lettuce, Peas, Tomatoes, Onions, Chives Chives, Dill, Parsnip
Cauliflower Beans, Celery, Oregano, Hyssop Nasturtium, Peas, Tomatoes, Potato
Celery Cabbages, Spinach, Tomatoes, Onion Parsnip, Potatoes
Corn Beans, Cucumber, Peas, Pumpkin, Potato, Sunflowers Tomatoes
Cucumber Pea, Lettuce, Celery Cauliflower, Potatoes, Basil
Eggplant Spinach, Peppers, Potatoes, Beans Fennel
Garlic Cucumbers, Lettuce
Leek Carrot, Celery Legumes
Lettuce Carrots, Radish, Strawberries, Beets Beans, Parsley
Onions Broccoli, Cabbage, Lettuce, Tomatoes Beans, Peas
Peas Beans, Carrots, Corn, Cucumber Onion, Garlic
Peppers Tomatoes, Parsley, Basil, Carrots Fennel
Potatoes Corn, Cabbage, Peas, Eggplant Pumpkin, Sunflowers, Cucumber
Pumpkin Corn, Squash Potatoes
Radish Beets, Carrots, Peas, Spinach, Beans Cabbage, Cauliflower, Brussel Sprouts
Spinach Brassicas, Eggplants, Leeks, Lettuce, Peas, Radish, Strawberries Parsnips, Potatoes Great friend of strawberries.
Swiss Chard Beans, Brassicas, Celery, Cauliflower Parsnips
Strawberries Beans, Borage, Garlic, Lettuce, Onions, Peas, Spinach, Thyme Brassicas, Fennel, Kohlrabi Strongly benefits from companions.
Thyme Brassicas, Strawberries Beneficial to virtually all plants in your garden. Improves strawberry flavour, repels cabbage moths.

Asparagus, Basil, Beans, Borage, Carrots, Celery, Chives, Cucumbers, Garlic, Lettuce, Marigolds, Mint, Nasturtium, Onion, Parsley, Peppers, Bee Balm

Brassicas, Corn, Dill, Fennel, Potatoes Do not plant near walnuts. Potatoes spread blight to tomatoes. Kohlrabi stunts growth. Corn attracts bad pests.
Turnip Mint, Peas
Zucchini Nasturtium
Italics = mutually beneficial results

Some other helpful little tips…

  • Catnip is great for repelling mice, so plant it if you have them around the garden or near doors to stop them coming inside.
  • Plant sweet alyssum near plants that have been attacked by aphids in the past. Alyssum flowers attract hover flies whose larva devour aphids. The flowers also draw bees to pollinate early blooming fruit trees.
  • A bay leaf in a container or beans or grains in the kitchen will help deter weevils and moths.

Beautiful Companions – Flowering Companions

Some flowers aren’t just pretty, they make great companions for your vegetables too! Check out our Flowering Companions guide to see eight plants that look great and add value as companions too.

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