The Q&A Archives: Companion Planting

Question: What vegetables should be planted together in the garden?

Answer: A general rule of thumb for planting things together is to make sure they have the same cultural requirements. For instance, tomatoes and squash each need warm temperatures, lots of sunshine, and plenty of water. Lettuce and cabbage will tolerate some shade and can be planted in the same areas. If you're thinking about crop rotation to avoid soil depletion, insects or diseases, just remember to keep members of the same family out of the same garden spot. An example would be not to plant tomatoes, eggplant, peppers or potatoes where you've grown one of them in the previous year. To treat your soil really well, you should rotate the type of veggie you grow - plant a root crop one year, a leafy crop the next year, and a large plant like squash or tomato the next year. Following these guidelines will help you produce wonderful veggies and still keep your soil in tip-top condition.

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