The companion planting charts below are notes and ideas I’ve picked up through research and trial and error. Hopefully these charts help you to create your own ecosystem of balance and artistry!
Plant with beans, Brassicas, chives, leeks, lettuce, onions, peas, peppers, pole beans, radish, rosemary, sage, and tomatoes.
Avoid planting with dill, parsnips, and potatoes.
Generally speaking, it’s a good idea to keep some space between root crops so they don’t compete for available phosphorus. Carrots planted near tomatoes may have stunted roots, but will have exceptional flavour. Chives also benefit carrots.
Herbs such as basil, dill, oregano, and thyme can help ward off pests. Chives are said to have antifungal properties that can help prevent scab when planted near apple trees.
My dwarf honey crisp apple is thriving with garlic chives growing directly next to it’s trunk. I have strawberries growing on the peripheral (about 2 feet and further from the trunk) and plan to add thyme for both the strawberries and apple tree. These are all set in a raised bed in my east garden, with horse manure compost used as the soil. EVERYTHING is thriving in this bed!
Will improve the flavor and vigor of tomatoes when inter-planted. Basil is good with asparagus, oregano, and peppers, and helps repel aphids, asparagus beetles, mites, flies, mosquitoes, and tomato hornworms.
Perennial (zones 4-9) coneflowers attract hoverflies and parasitoid wasps, making them useful for pest control in companion plantings.
White flowering mums repel Japanese beetles. All Chrysanthemums are attractive to tachinid flies and parasitic wasps.
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