The Q&A Archives: Companion Plants for Vegetables

Question: I was told certain flowers planted next to some vegetables, such as tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, and cucumbers are excellent to control certain pests. What flowers do you recommend? Michael R Bordonaro Boston, MA

Answer: There are many herbs and flowers that are said, by some, to repel certain insect pests or encourage plant growth. Keep in mind that you may or may not see beneficial results from these companion plantings and that some of the suggested companions will spread in your garden. Not to discourage you from trying! At the least you might be introduced to some new plants for your garden. Here is a list: Tomatoes like: marigolds, nasturtiums, sage, basil, milkweed. Peppers like: marjoram, basil, lovage, oregano. Eggplants like: tarragon and thyme. Cucumbers like: marigolds, radishes, onions. There are many books written on the subject of companion planting. If you are interested in the subject, check at your library or bookstore.

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