I love companion planting! There’s something so magical about planting things that get along together nicely. For example, did you know that carrots and lettuce are one of the very best veggies to grow next to one another because they help keep each other free of disease? It’s true, companion planting is a great way to keep your plants pest-free and thriving. For easy gardening, all year long, try companion planting today. These plants are all best friends and your garden will thrive with their good energies!
Plant Cabbage With Bush Beans, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celery, and Cucumbers
Who knew that cabbage had so many garden friends? To prevent cabbage worms and other pests, plant your cabbage with celery close by. Celery actively repels worms! However, be sure to keep your cabbage away from strawberries…
Plant Basil With Tomatoes and Lettuce
Believe it or not, basil plants do well when paired with virtually any other kind of garden plant, except rue. While not known for any pest-control properties, basil is actually known to enhance the flavorings of tomatoes, lettuce, and whatever else you pair it with. Come seasons end, your kids should be begging you to eat their vegetables because the basil companion planting made them taste so much better!
Plant Eggplant With Green Beans, Peppers, and Potatoes
I’m a sucker for a plate of homemade eggplant parm, so I always make sure to add a few plants to my garden whenever I can. To keep your eggplants healthy and free of potato beetles, I recommend planting them next to green beans or hot peppers. While they’re not great for pest control, planting eggplant next to a few peppers will help create a strong root system in your eggplants.
Plant Garlic With Roses and Tomatoes
Garlic? With roses and tomatoes? Seriously? You betcha! Garlic is great at keeping aphids and Japanese beetles from your rose petals or tomato plants. Plant garlic about 1 foot away from the base of the rose bush to utilize its superpowers! However, gardeners should remember to keep garlic away from peas and beans, as they will hurt their growth.
Plant Parsnips With Onions and Radishes
Onions and radishes will actually help keep parsnips free from the effects of root maggots (and parsnips are incredibly likely to develop root maggots. Root maggots are a common problem for radishes. Not only do they grow nicely together, but parsnips, onions, and the right seasonings make for a great fall side dish.
Plant Rosemary With Beans, Cabbage, and Carrots
Most herbs make great companion plants and that is especially true for rosemary. Planting rosemary near your beans, cabbage, and carrots will keep them free of common pests like bean beetles, cabbage moths, and carrot flies. As far as I am concerned, rosemary is a must-have addition to every garden.