A Simple Guide to Companion Planting

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Marigolds repel a variety of garden pests and are ideal as a companion plant throughout the garden. Photo courtesy of www.welldonelandscaping.com

Vegetable Garden

Mix vegetables with annuals and herbs as beneficial companion plants. Photo from BeautifulVegetableGarden.com

When it comes to organic gardening you may think you have few choices to rid your garden of bugs or make your plants grow faster, stronger and better tasting. However that is simply not true. Companion planting allows you to pair together different plants that can help to get rid of pests and make your core crop grow even better than before. Here are some simple ideas for companion planting:

Protect Collard Greens with Catnip

Catnip helps to prevent flea-beetle damage on the collard greens.

Protect Broccoli and Potatoes with Sweet Alyssum

Sweet Alyssum not only attracts beneficial insects to protect your broccoli and potatoes, but you can eat it too.A quick to spread, fragrant, low-growing, flower, Sweet Alyssum looks pretty but it is also a member of the mustard family and has a taste similar to horseradish.

Protect Spinach with Radishes

Planting radishes near your spinach helps to keep leaf miners away from the delicate leaves of the spinach. Since spinach has shallow roots this allows the radishes to grow unhindered underground. Two vegetables in the space of one!

Protect Corn with Beans

Allow vining beans to grow up the tall corn stalks and you will help protect the corn from predators. Bean plants draw in beneficial insects that eat the bugs that love to tear apart corn plants. Plus you save room by combing the growing area of two large plants!


Cabbage plants benefit from dill being planted closeby. Photo courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.net/Pakom

Protect Cabbage with Thyme, Dill, and Tomatoes

Thyme repels cabbage worm, while dill attracts cabbageworm predators. Cabbage also helps dill grow strong and upright. Tomatoes have the benefits of repelling diamondback moth larva that like to nibble on cabbage leaves.


Storey Publishing Companion Planting

One of the all-time favorite veggie grower’s guides on companion planting.

Protect Carrots or Beans with Rosemary

Rosemary is not only a tasty herb you can use in cooking, but it also repels bean beetles and carrot flies.

Protect Roses with Garlic

Storey Publishing companion planting book

An all-time favorite companion planting book for flower lovers from Storey Publishing

You can plant cloves of garlic alongside your roses to ward off pests.



Protect Your Garden with Marigolds and Wormwood

Marigolds repel a variety of bugs, including nematodes that attack the roots of melons and other plants. Wormwood repels plant nibbling animals like deer and rabbits as well as white flies. Together they make a great addition to help keep your organic garden pest free.


These are just a few examples of great companion plants for your organic garden. Do some research and find out what plants grow well together and plan your garden accordingly this spring. Happy growing!



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2 Responses to A Simple Guide to Companion Planting

  1. Graciebelle November 1, 2013 at 1:54 pm #

    I’ve used the Carrots Love Tomatoes book for years when planning and planting my vegetables and it’s great to see that there’s a book for companion planting in the flower garden too. Thanks for these tips!

  2. Joan May 8, 2016 at 2:49 pm #

    Great tips but remember to look for French marigolds. They repell insects because of the smell. The newer varities have been altered to take most of the smell away. If in doubt smell them. You’ll notice the difference.

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