Thyme Companion Plants – The 15 Best and 5 Worst Plants

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Thyme is a popular culinary herb that is easy to grow. Here are the best and worst companion plants for thyme.  Why Does Thyme Need Companion Plants? Here are the ways companion plants work with thyme.  Repel Insects Thyme repels many common insect pests. Plants like the Alliums, chamomile, lavender, marjoram, oregano, sage, and rosemary … Read more

Companion Plants For Cantaloupe – The 15 Best and 5 Worst Plants

Cantaloupe companion plants

Cantaloupes suffer from a lot of insect pests. The right companion plants can help that problem as well as others when planted around cantaloupe.  Why Does Cantaloupe Need Companion Plants? Here are the ways companion plants help cantaloupe.  Repel Insects Plants such as the Alliums and aromatic herbs repel insect pests with their scent. They … Read more

Lemongrass Companion Plants – The 15 Best and 5 Worst Plants

Lemon Grass Companion Plants

Lemon grass is used a lot in Asian food. In addition, lemon grass is used in many home remedies. It has a nice scent, as well. There are companion plants that benefit from growing near it and others that help lemon grass grow better.  Why Does Lemon Grass Need Companion Plants? Here are the ways … Read more

15 Companion Plants For Bok Choy – And 5 To Keep Separate 

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Bok choy is a popular type of Chinese cabbage. It is a member of the Brassica family, along with cabbage, broccoli, and others. Why Does Bok Choy Need Companion Plants? The idea of companion plants is that certain plants help or harm other plants. Helpful ones should be planted together, while harmful ones should be … Read more

Carrot Companion Plants – The 5 Best and 3 Worst Plants

carrot companion plants

Growing any of your food is rewarding, but some crops offer a bigger payoff than others. And if you ask me, carrots are one of the most satisfying vegetables to grow yourself. First, pulling a carrot out of the garden is a rewarding experience. You plant the seeds, then wait months watching the above-ground greens … Read more

The 10 Best Cucumber Companion Plants

Cucumber companion plants

Whether you want to try your hand at making pickles or are looking for a refreshing snack to help you beat summer’s heat, cucumbers are the answer. And it’s hard to beat a homegrown cucumber. One way to grow healthy cucumber plants at home is by practicing companion planting. This involves designing your garden in … Read more

Companion Planting – Everything You Need to Know 

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Companion planting is growing more popular as a means to reduce the use of pesticides and attract pollinators. This is particularly true for small home gardeners.    What Is Companion Planting? Companion planting (also called intercropping) is growing plants close together because of their ability to enhance each other. Planting the three sisters (corn, beans, and … Read more

The 12 Best Tomato Companion Plants

tomato companion plants

When you think of home-grown veggies, tomatoes are likely the first thing to come to mind. And for good reason! Eating a juicy tomato fresh from the garden is nothing like biting into the sad excuse of a tomato you often find in the store. And this flavor difference is just one reason why tomatoes … Read more

Lettuce Companion Plants – The 10 Best and 5 Worst Plants

Lettuce companion plants

Lettuce’s simple growth form and flexibility in the kitchen makes it a must-have garden crop. Another thing that’s great about lettuce is that it plays nicely with lots of other crops. By interplanting lettuce with other types of plants, you can increase soil diversity, attract beneficial insects, and help prevent disease. Read on to learn … Read more

Corn Companion Plants – The 15 Best and 5 Worst Plants

Corn companion plants

Corn is grown by a lot of home gardeners. There are many pests and diseases that attack corn. Planting corn with good companion plants can improve yields and reduce problems. The famous three sisters (corn, beans, and squash) have been planted together for hundreds of years. Here are the best companion plants for corn and … Read more

Top 11 Best Basil Companion Plants & 5 Worst Plants

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Basil is a popular and attractive herb in cuisine around the world and has been used for centuries. It has many different varieties, each with its own unique flavor. Most basil leaves are green, but there are also purple basil, lemon basil, and even cinnamon basil! Basil is easy to grow and can thrive indoors … Read more

Turnip Companion Plants – The 15 Best and 7 Worst Plants

Turnip Companion Plants

Turnips are grown both for their green leaves and for the starchy swelling above the roots. Both the greens and roots are vulnerable to pests. Here are some good companion plants that turnips will grow well with, and some that you should not plant them nearby.  Why Do Turnips Need Companion Plants? Here are some … Read more

Leek Companion Plants – 15 Companion Plants for Leeks and 4 to Avoid

Leek Companion Plants

Leeks are an allium, in the same family as onions and garlic.  Like other alliums, leeks have a strong odor.  Many plants benefit from being planted near leeks.  Other plants benefit from leeks when planted near them. Here are the best companion plants for leeks and the ones not to plant near leeks.  Why Do … Read more

Sage Companion Plants – The 8 Best and 3 Worst Plants

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I’ve always been enamored with sage. I love chopping it up to mix into a brown butter sauce, crushing its leaves and inhaling its earthy fragrance, and watching its beautiful flowers appear in the summer. That said, I think it’s a must-have plant in the garden. And since sage is a perennial, you can plant … Read more

Borage Companion Plants – The 15 Best and 3 Worst Plants

Borage companion plants

Borage (Borago officinalis) is used as an attractive plant in flower beds, in salads, and in traditional herbal medicine. Borage is often used as a companion plant in the landscape or the vegetable garden. This guide tells you which plants to use near the borage and which to plants to avoid.  Note: Borage should not … Read more

Lemon Balm Companion Plants – The 15 Best and 4 Worst Plants

Lemon balm companion plants

Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis) is an aromatic herb that is used in cooking and in medicine. The lemon scent is very fragrant. There are many plants that are good companions for lemon balm in the garden.  Why Does Lemon Balm Need Companion Plants? Here are the ways companion plants help lemon balm. Increase Nutrients Peas … Read more

The 8 Best Radish Companion Plants

Radish Companion Plants

Radishes are one of my favorite crops to grow in the garden. They’re quick to mature, come in various colors, and are easy to tuck into empty spaces. Plus, many people love them! Whether you pickle them for tacos, cut them in half and dip into ranch dressing, or put a few thin slices on … Read more

Celery Companion Plants – The 6 Best and 3 Worst Plants

Celery Companion Plants

If you’ve never had garden-grown celery, watch out! While celery sometimes gets a reputation for being flavorless and watery, fresh celery is packed with flavor, crunch, and nutrients! This crop can be a bit challenging to grow due to its long time to maturity, need for lots of water, and susceptibility to pests. However, with … Read more

Artichoke Companion Plants – The 15 Best and 3 Worst Plants

Artichoke companion plants

Artichokes (Cynara cardunculus var. Scolymus) are a long-lived perennials. Since artichokes live so long, you should make certain that you only plant things near them that are good companions. This guide discusses what you should plant around your artichoke to help it grow and what plants to avoid.  Note: This article deals with artichokes. Jerusalem … Read more

Dill Companion Plants – The 7 Best and 3 Worst Plants

Dill companion plants

If food magazines are any indication, herbs like dill are becoming even hotter than ever. And it’s no wonder—piling chopped dill on top of a salmon filet, topping salads with dill flowers, and mixing the herbaceous herb with cucumbers are sure ways to elevate your dishes. Dill’s many uses in the kitchen mean it’s a … Read more

Yarrow Companion Plants – The 10 Best and 3 Worst Plants

Yarrow companion plants

Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) is a perennial flower that’s equally at home in meadows as it is in cut flower gardens. I love that yarrow provides beautiful lacy foliage and flowers and a wide variety of uses and benefits. First, yarrow’s tiny flowers attract and feed various insects and birds. Many of these critters are fantastic … Read more

Rhubarb Companion Plants – The 10 Best and 5 Worst Plants

Rhubarb companion plants

Rhubarb is grown for its fleshy stalk. The leaves are poisonous and should be removed when the stalk is harvested. This cool season crop has both pest and disease problems. Consider companion planting to prevent problems and make the rhubarb grow better. Here are the best plants to use and the few you should not … Read more

Brussel Sprouts Companion Plants – The 10 Best and 4 Worst Plants

Brussel sprouts companion plants

Brussel sprouts are a delicious and nutritious vegetable in the Cruciferae family. They are a cool-season crop that can be vulnerable to many insect pests. They also need a number of nutrients while growing. Using companion planting can help with some of these problems and needs. Why Do Brussel Sprouts Need Companion Plants? If you are new … Read more

Peas Companion Plants – The 8 Best and 4 Worst Plants

Peas companion plants

While tomatoes are the long-awaited summer crop, peas are the sweetness of spring. Garden-grown snap peas, snow peas, and shelling peas all offer a flavor that is incomparable to that of their grocery-store cousins. Despite their delicious flavor, I find that gardeners often stray away from growing peas due to their long time to maturity … Read more

Chives Companion Plants – The 10 Best and 3 Worst Plants

Chives companion plants

If you’re growing a perennial herb garden, chives are a must-have. Chop them up to add an onion-like flair to chili and baked potatoes, or pair them with cheddar cheese to create a delicious savory biscuit. But what about when it comes to the garden? What plants get along best with chives? Like with most … Read more

Broccoli Companion Plants – The 10 Best and 5 Worst Plants

broccoli companion plants

When you think of plants that go well with broccoli, your mind may jump straight to the kitchen. Maybe you think of combining pungent garlic and stir-fried broccoli to form a crunchy and bright dish. Or perhaps you imagine pairing broccoli florets with another classic cruciferous vegetable: cauliflower. But what about when it comes to … Read more

Beet Companion Plants – The 10 Best and 3 Worst Plants

beet companion plants

Beets are a great two-for-one crop. They provide you with sweet and earthy roots as well as nutritious greens that resemble Swiss chard. Since beets grow better in cool weather, they’re typically planted in the spring and fall. However, it is possible to grow them during the summer in some areas. If you’re interested in … Read more

Rosemary Companion Plants – The 8 Best and 7 Worst Plants

Rosemary Companion Plants

Rosemary has always been one of my favorite garden herbs. With its unmistakable and pleasing aroma and beautiful growing habit, I encourage everyone to have some rosemary in their garden – preferably in an area where its beauty and fragrance can be enjoyed. There are two main types of rosemary plants – upright and creeping. … Read more

Chamomile Companion Plants – The 12 Best and 7 Worst Plants

chamomile companion plants

Friends, chums, and companions are the people you can depend on in your life. The ones that build you up and make you a better person. The same can be said for companions in the plant world.  I tell everyone considering a garden, don’t forget to research your plants and consider companion planting. Companion planting … Read more