Gardening Plants

Fennel Doesn’t Have Friends: A Guide to Companion Planting

If you are like us, you enjoy growing, harvesting and eating home grown fruits, vegetables, and herbs.  As we have transitioned to gardening entirely organically at Tilly’s Nest, we have come to learn of some fascinating gardening techniques that can help you get the best from your plantings.  One such technique is companion planting.  Companion planting involves placing plants that can benefit from one another adjacent to each other the garden.  It also involves keeping some plants far away from one another, as they can be detrimental to one another’s growth.  In fact, this year is my first year growing fennel. I picked up one bulb and sadly, it has no home. I will have to plant it in a container.

Today, I’m sharing what I have learned from years of reading and researching gardening, personal experience, and the like. The list is far from comprehensive, but it gives you an idea of plants that are happy together.  Most of these plants are what we grow here in our own gardens.  With a little bit of planning, I have to admit that this technique of gardening is really quite amazing. It works especially well if you are short on space.  It also is a great way to mix and match your plantings in raised gardening beds.

The table below is how I have taught my children this technique in the garden.  This is the easiest way for them to relate.  When you are school age, everyone has a BFF.  They have kids they prefer to avoid and know some kids that are just so amazingly cool that everyone wants to hang out with them.

Tilly’s Nest Guide to Companion Planting ©
Plant
Best Friends
Foes
Friends with Superpowers
Plant these near your plants for added benefits
Artichoke
Asparagus, Corn, Sunflower
Potatoes
Asparagus
Tomato, Basil, Strawberry, Parsley, Dill, Cilantro
Potatoes, Garlic, Onion
 Marigolds-Beetles
Basil-Asparagus Beetle
Petunia-Beetles
Basil
Peppers,  Tomatoes, , Oregano,
Asparagus
Rosemary, Sage
Beets
Bush Beans,  Onion, Lettuces,
Cabbage, Broccoli
Pole Beans
Bell Peppers
Tomatoes, Basil, Carrots, Parsley
Fennel
Broccoli
Mint, Rosemary, Sage
Tomatoes, Eggplant, Peppers, Beans, Strawberries
Beans
Eggplant, Cucumbers, Celery, Corn, Lettuce, Peas
Beets, Onion, Marigolds
Cabbage
Bush Beans, Strawberry, Potato,
Lettuce, Peas, Radish, Eggplant
Rosemary- Cabbage Flies
Geraniums-Cabbage Worms
Celery-repels White Cabbage Butterflies
Dill-Cabbage Looper
Carrots
All beans, Lettuce, Onion, Peas, Tomatoes, Sage
Dill, Parsnip
Celery
Tomatoes, Leeks, Bush Beans, Cabbage
Potatoes, Corn
Chard
All Beans, Cabbage, Onions
Corn, Cucumbers, Melons
Cucumbers
All Beans, Corn, Lettuce, Onion, Peas, Radish, Dill
Potatoes
Nasturtium-Cucumber Beetle
Eggplant
All Beans
Garlic
Tomatoes, Beets, Carrots
Beans, Peas
Lettuce
All Beans, Carrots, Cucumbers, Strawberries, Onions
Celery, Cabbage, Parsley, Potatoes
Onions
Beets, Cabbage, Carrot, Celery, Cucumber, Lettuce, Pepper, Squash,
Strawberry, Tomatoes, Cauliflower, Broccoli
All Beans and Peas
Potatoes
Bush Beans, Cabbage, Carrot, Peas, Onion
Cucumber, Squash, Turnip, Fennel, Tomato
Bush Beans-Colorado Potato Beetle
Pole Beans
Cucumbers, Eggplant, lettuces
Beets, onions, garlic
Tomatoes
Carrots, lettuces, Asparagus
Corn, Fennel, Potatoes,Broccoli, Cabbage
Dill-Tomato Horn Worm
Basil-Tomato Horn Worm
Rosemary
Cabbage, Beans, Carrots
Basil
Strawberries
Onions, Lettuces, bush beans
Cabbages
Squash
Corn, Onion, Marigold, Melons,
Potatoes
Lemon Balm-Squash Bug
Zucchini
Beans, Corn, Onion
Cucumbers, Potatoes

 

Photo Credits:  Tilly’s Nest

 

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