Mixing Flowers with Vegetables - Knowledgebase Question

Chelmsford, MA
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Question by jrbovill
April 21, 1998
I have a 22' x 12' garden that is usually used for vegetables. This year I would like to cut back on the amount of
vegetables being planted, and add some color with annuals and maybe a few perennials as well. Any suggestions on what I can mix successfully with tomatoes, cucumbers and squash?

Answer from NGA
April 21, 1998
The secret to companion planting is to choose annuals and perennials with the same cultural requirements as your veggies. Since you're growing heat and sunshine-loving veggies, choose plants with similar needs: zinnias, saxifage, asters, Rockcress, Sea Thrift, ice plant, sedum, thyme and mint. Marigolds, sage, lavender, and dahlias would grow well with your veggies, too. Try them all and see which ones you like best.

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