26 Plants to Grow Side-By-Side

Seasoned gardeners know that a various combine of crops tends to make for a healthy and wonderful garden. Many believe that that particular plant mixtures have incredible (even mysterious) powers to help each individual other improve. Scientific analyze of the course of action, known as companion planting, has verified that some mixtures have actual advantages one of a kind to individuals pairings.

Companions help each individual other improve and use garden space effectively. Tall crops, for illustration, supply shade for sunshine-delicate shorter crops. Vines can protect the ground though tall stalks improve skywards, allowing two crops to occupy the very same patch.

Some couplings also prevent pest difficulties. Crops can repel hazardous organisms or entice the poor bugs away from additional delicate species.

These mixtures of crops do way superior, collectively:

Roses and Garlic

rose and garlic

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Gardeners have been planting garlic with roses for eons considering the fact that the bulbs can help to repel rose pests. Garlic chives are possibly just as repellent, and their tiny purple or white bouquets in late spring glance good with rose bouquets and foliage.

Marigolds and Melons

marigolds and melons

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Selected marigold types management nematodes in the roots of melon with out making use of chemical treatment plans.

Tomatoes and Cabbage

tomatoes and cabbage

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Tomatoes repel diamondback moth larvae, which can chew significant holes in cabbage leaves.

Cucumbers and Nasturtiums

cucumbers and nasturtiums

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The nasturtium’s vining stems make them a good companion rambling between your expanding cucumbers and squash crops, implies Sally Jean Cunningham, master gardener and writer of Good Back garden Companions. Nasturtiums seemingly repel cucumber beetles, but they can also serve as a habitat for predatory bugs like spiders and ground beetles.

Peppers and Pigweed

peppers and pigweed

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Leafminers desired both pigweed (also known as amaranthus) and ragweed to pepper crops in a analyze at the Coastal Plains Experiment Station in Tifton, Georgia. Just be very careful to get rid of the bouquets just before the weeds set seed.

Cabbage and Dill

cabbage and dill

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“Dill is a good companion for cabbage family crops, these kinds of as broccoli and brussels sprouts,” Cunningham says. The cabbages assistance the floppy dill, though the dill draws in the practical wasps that management cabbage worms and other pests.

Corn and Beans

corn and beans

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The beans attract advantageous bugs that prey on corn pests these kinds of as leafhoppers, slide armyworms, and leaf beetles. The vines can also climb up the corn stalks.

Lettuce and Tall Flowers

lettuce and tall flowers

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Nicotiana (flowering tobacco) and cleome (spider flower) give lettuce the light shade it grows ideal in.

Radishes and Spinach

radishes + spinach

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Planting radishes between your spinach will attract leafminers away from the healthy greens. The damage the leafminers do to radish leaves isn’t going to prevent the radishes from expanding nicely underground.

Potatoes and Sweet Alyssum

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The sweet alyssum has tiny bouquets that attract delicate advantageous bugs, these kinds of as predatory wasps. Plant sweet alyssum alongside bushy crops like potatoes, or permit it unfold to type a residing ground protect under arching crops like broccoli. Bonus: The alyssum’s sweet fragrance will scent your garden all summe longr.

Cauliflower and Dwarf Zinnias

cauliflower and dwarf zinnias

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The nectar from the dwarf zinnias lures ladybugs and other predators that help shield cauliflower.

Collards and Catnip

collards and catnip

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Research have found that planting catnip alongside collards minimizes flea-beetle damage on the collards. The aromatic plant may well also help repel mosquitoes.

Strawberries and Like-In-A-Mist

strawberries and love-in-a-mist

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Tall, blue-flowered really like-in-a-mist (Nigella damascena) “seems to be superb planted in the middle of a extensive row of strawberries,” Cunningham says.