Good and Bad Companion Plants - Knowledgebase Question

Merced, Ca
Question by ysabel_espin
September 15, 2008
I've been researching good / bad companion plants and find that some sites say yes to planting broccoli and lettuce next to each other and others say no. Please give me some of your expert advice as to what do to here.


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Answer from NGA
September 15, 2008

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There are dozens of theories as to why some veggies make good companions and others do not. Mostly the opinions have to do with which plants deplete and which nourish the soil, which attract beneficial insects and deter destructive insects, which have similar requirements for water and nutrients, etc. Reseach has shown that the following plants make good companions:

Basil; Pepper, Tomato, Marigold
Bush Beans; Beets, Cabbage, Carrots, Celery, Corn, Cucumbers, Eggplant, Lettuce, Pea, Radish, Strawberry, Savory, Tansy, Marigold
Pole Beans; Carrots, Corn Cucumber, Eggplant, Lettuce, Pea, Radish, Savory, Tansy
Beets; Bush Beans, Cabbage, Onion, Sage
Bush Beans; Beets, Celery, Onions, Tomato, All Strong Herbs, Marigold, Nasturtium Strawberry
Carrot;s Bush Beans, Pole Beans, Lettuce, Onion, Peas, Radish, Tomato, Sage Dill
Celery; Bush Beans, Cabbage, Onion, Spinach, Tomato
Corn; Bush Beans, Pole Beans, Cucumber, Melons, Peas, Squash Tomato
Cucumbers; Bush Beans, Pole Beans, Corn, Lettuce, Onions, Peas, Radish, Marigold, Nasturtium, Savory
Eggplant; Bush Beans, Pole Beans, Spinach
Lettuce; Bush Beans, Pole Beans, Carrots, Cucumbers, Onion, Radish, Strawberries
Melons; Corn, Nasturtium, Radish
Onion; Beets, Cabbage, Carrots, Celery, Cucumber, Lettuce, Pepper, Squash, Strawberries, Tomato, Savory Bush Beans, Pole Beans, Peas
Parsley; Tomato
Peas; Bush Beans, Pole Beans, Carrots, Corn Cucumber, Radish, Turnips Onion
Pepper; Onion
Radish; Bush Beans, Pole Beans, Carrots, Cucumber, Lettuce, Melons, Peas, Squash
Spinach; Celery, Eggplant, Cauliflower
Squash; Corn, Onion, Radish
Strawberry; Bush Beans, Lettuce, Onion, Spinach Cabbage
Tomato; Cabbage, Carrots, Celery, Onion, Mint

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