This is the third and final of the Companion Planting articles. To read parts One and Two click on the links at the end
Onions are improved when planted near chamomile or summer savory. Carrots, leeks, beets, lettuce, tomatoes, kohlrabi, cabbages, Brussels sprouts, dill and strawberries also benefit from planting near onions. Remember to keep them away from peas and asparagus, though.
Peas and corn go together. Peas replenish nitrogen used up by corn. Carrots, celery, cucumbers, eggplants, early potatoes, spinach, parsley, tomatoes, turnips, strawberries, sweet peppers, bush beans and pole beans benefit from been planted near peas. Don't plant onions, late potatoes, chives or grapes nearby.
Sweet bell peppers like to be near tomatoes, carrots, onions, parsley, basil, marjoram and lovage. They protect okra stems when planted nearby. They do not do well near fennel or kohlrabi.
Hot peppers enjoy hanging out with eggplants, okra, Swiss chard, tomato, squash, cucumbers, escarole, oregano, basil, rosemary and parsley but don't plant them near beans, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, fennel or Brussels sprouts.
Potatoes do well near members of the cabbage family, bush beans, carrot, celery, corn, peas and onions. Marigolds planted around them prevent predators. Don't plant any members of the squash family, including pumpkins, turnip, parsnips, fennel, Kohlrabi, cucumbers and asparagus near potatoes. Also tomatoes and potatoes should be kept apart as they can contaminate each other with blight diseases.
Spinach can be planted near peas and bush beans, as they help protect it from harsh sun. Spinach also plays well with cauliflower and cabbage; strawberries, fava beans, eggplant, celery, peas and squash. Planting it along with squash is space saving as by the time the squash starts getting larger the spinach should be getting ready to bolt and can be pulled.
Tomatoes have lots of friends in the garden! Basil, beans, celery carrots, asparagus, chives, cucumber, garlic, lettuces, mint nasturtiums, marigolds, parsley, peas, peppers, onions all do well around tomatoes. Carrots might not grow as large near tomatoes but they do become more flavorful. Don't plant any corn nearby as they both attract some of the same enemies. Other plants that should be kept away from tomatoes are apricot trees, dill, fennel, cabbage and cauliflower.
Turnips benefit from being planted near peas. You should keep other root vegetables away from turnips as they all will compete for the same nutrients in the soil.
I will be writing next about Companion Plantings with Flower & Herb Companions for your Garden Vegetables.
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