Gardening Companions

Are your tomatoes and cucumbers hanging out with the wrong crowd? Improve your garden with companion planting, the art of pairing up plants.

For those without a green thumb, companion planting is basically a method of growing plants together so that they will help each other in some way–be it by enhancing flavour, nourishing the soil, attracting beneficial insects or repelling pests and disease.

However, it’s more than just planting things that “like” each other close together, it’s also about learning basic guidelines for your garden.

Here are some companions to keep in mind when growing your herbs and vegetables.


Bush Beans/Pole Beanscarrots, celery, corn, cucumber, lettuce, radish  peasonions, sunflowers, tomatoes cabbage
CabbageClover and beans give cabbage a nitrogen boost while nasturtiums help repel aphids. Mint repels cabbage butterflies.tomatoes, peppers strawberries, pole beans runner beans

Best Friend: Onions. They make carrots sweet and repel the carrot fly.

Other friends: Pole/bush beans, lettuce, peas, radish, tomato and sage

dill, parsnip, radish
Cornsunflowers, beans, peas, soybeans, squash, cucumbers, parsley,  potatotomato, celery
Cucumberspole/bush beans, corn, lettuce, onions, peas, radish, marigold, nasturtium, savorygarlic, tomato, sage
Lettuceradish, kohlrabi, beans, carrotscelery, cabbage, cress, parsley
Onionsbeets, cabbage, carrots, celery, cucumber, lettuce, pepper, squash, strawberries, tomato, savorybush/pole beans, peas, soybeans
Peasbush/pole beans, carrots, corn cucumber, radish, turnipsonions
Pepperstomatoes, geraniums, petuniasbeans, kale, cabbage, brussels sprouts

Best Friend: Basil

Other Friends: oregano, parsley, carrots, marigold, onions, celery, geraniums, petunias, nasturtiums

corn, fennel, peas, dill, potatoes, beetroot, cabbages, rosemary

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