Friend Or Foe: How Does Your Garden Grow
When I began planning my garden, companion planting was something I was very interested in. I believed as a new gardener that this would maximize the growth of my plants. In one of our own articles here on G2N, Companion Planting, Kristi explains what plants work well together or companion planting. While completing my companion planting research I began to wonder, if these are the plants that complement each other, what plants should be avoided? Wow! There is far more information on this topic than even companion planting. So, I thought it would be a great idea to list them for you in one easy to find location.
Here are the pairings you should avoid.
Asparagus pairs with anything; good ole asparagus is everyone’s friend. If you want to grow beans, avoid placing them near garlic and onions maybe it’s the smell? (haha). Beets, they don’t like pole beans, so avoid that combination. Veggies from the cabbage family (broccoli, kale, brussels sprouts) don’t care for pole beans either. There seems to be a theme here… I believe pole beans have some sort of attitude or something. Carrots and celery, well, they like to hang out anywhere. Feel free to plant them in any open space you have, but they prefer to be near beans and tomatoes. However, you should keep your corn supply away from tomatoes, as they do not play well together.
Other plants without any real adversaries include cucumbers, eggplant, melons, and squash. These can be your filler plants since everyone else has stipulations. Looking for somewhere to put the pole beans that the rest of the garden is avoiding? The place is not near your onions. I guess two veggies that are misfits can’t go together either. Keep those onions away from your peas and your peas away from garlic. Again, potatoes and tomatoes are foes, and the pairing should be avoided.
Hopefully between a list of companion plants and this list of incompatible plants your garden can grow bountiful and lovely.