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What to Plant with What: How to Use Companion Plants in the Garden

Updated on July 19, 2014
Green tomatoes on the vine
Green tomatoes on the vine

Growing vegetables can be rewarding as well as beneficial. However, there are ways of planting that are better than others. Planting some plants together works better than others. For example, planting Marigolds around your garden helps to keep out rodents, like rabbits. Also, planting Marigolds near tomatoes repels the green horn worm. If you haven't experienced what green horn worms can do, they can demolish a tomato plant as fast as over night. Planting Herbs amongst your vegetables is a time tested way of warding off insects without the use of pesticides.

  • The herb rosemary discourages beetles that are attracted to beans.
  • Thyme wards off cabbage worm
  • Garlic and Chives help to rid your garden of aphids



Vegetable
Companion Plant
Don't Plant with:
Asparagus
Tomatoes
N/A
Beans
Celery, Corn, Cucumbers, Strawberries, Radishes
Garlic and Onions
Cabbage, Broccoli, Kale, Brussles Sprouts
Beets, Celery, Dill, Chard, Lettuce, Spinach, Potatoes, Onions
Pole Beans
Carrots
Beans and Tomatoes
N/A
Corn
Cucumbers, Melons, Squash, Pumpkins, Peas and Beans
Tomatoes
Cucumber
Beans, Corn, Peas, Cabbage
N/A
Eggplant
Beans and Peppers
N/A
Melons
Corn, Pumpkins, Rishes, Squash
N/A
Onions
Beets, Carrots, Swiss Chard, Lettuce, Peppers
Beans and Peas
Peas
Beans, Carrots, Corn, Cucumbers, Radishes, Turnip
Garlic and Onions
Potatoes
Beans, Corn, Peas
Tomatoes
Squash
Corn, Melons, Pumpkins
N/A
Tomatoes
Carrots, Celery, Cucumbers, Onions, Peppers
Corn, Potatoes, and Kohlrabi

Raising vegetables is something that anyone can do, whether your just starting this season, or you've been growing for decades, there are always things to learn. Use this information to make your garden the envy of the neighborhood. Happy gardening!

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    • rbm profile image

      rbm 

      6 years ago

      Companion planting really makes a difference, I've used it successfully in my own garden. There are also lots of beneficial herbs that deter pests, and improve flavor and vigor in vegetable plants. Good article.

    • marcJ profile imageAUTHOR

      marcJ 

      6 years ago from Mid-MO

      Deer were always a problem for me, they would stop pumpkins open and eat the seeds. Marigolds were well worth the extra cost, not that they were particularly expensive anyway.

    • moonlake profile image

      moonlake 

      6 years ago from America

      I planted marigolds around my pumpkins and didn't have any bites out of them last year. The deer don't like them. Enjoyed reading your hub. Voted Up

    • Patsybell profile image

      Patsy Bell Hobson 

      6 years ago from zone 6a, SEMO

      I'm a believer! Great hub.

    • Maddie Ruud profile image

      Maddie Ruud 

      6 years ago from Oakland, CA

      No wonder my veggie garden is growing gangbusters! I've got romanesco, beets, kale, lettuce, and chard helping each other out!

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