Companion Planting

This week has been all about planting and learning which plants compliment each other. It’s been a couple of years since I’ve had room for more than an extensive container garden, and I’m in a completely different part of the country now than I was even 2 months ago. The climate is different here. It’s warmer, more humid, and gets more rain here than where my family and I have lived for the past 6 years. So, I have a lot of research and learning to do.

This year, I’m starting small(ish) and only planting a few veggies. My herb garden will be more extensive, and will be kept in containers so that I can bring them inside in case of freeze this winter. I’d love to leave my herbs in the ground and see how they do, but I’m investing too much time, energy and money into herb seeds to take the chance that I’ll lose them. So, for at least the first year all my herbs need to be portable.

The veggies and fruits I’m planing this year include :

  • apple trees
  • pear trees
  • peach trees
  • garlic
  • onion
  • cayenne peppers
  • sweet banana peppers
  • tomatoes
  • pumpkin
  • cantaloupe

In my companion planting research, I found that I can easily add several other veggies to my garden that will compliment what I already have planned. I have the room, so I’m expanding my plans just a little bit.  Below, you’ll find a chart that lists which plants do well together. I hope it helps you plan your garden.

Apple Trees

  • Mint
  • Allium (onion, garlic, chives, leeks, scallions, ect)
  • Nasturtium
  • Penstemon

Garlic

  • Beets
  • Strawberries

Peach

  • Allium
  • Strawberries

Onion

  • Beets
  • Strawberries
  • Tomatoes
  • Lettuce
  • Chamomile
  • Roses
  • Summer Savory

Peppers

  • Basil
  • Okra

Pear Tree

  • Chives
  • Garlic
  • Carrots
  • Strawberries
  • Nasturtiums
  • Comfrey
  • Plantain
  • Borage

 

Tomato

  • Chives
  • Onion
  • Parsley
  • Asparagus
  • Marigold
  • Nasturtium
  • Carrots
  • Garlic
  • Roses
  • Bee Balm

Pumpkin

Cantaloupe

  • Corn
  • Pumpkin
  • Radish
  • Squash
  • Marigolds
  • Nasturtiums
  • Oregano

 

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