What is Companion Planting? | Free Quick Reference Guide

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Learn the basics of companion planting – a technique for planting your garden to make sure that everything thrives. Learn about plants that do well together, as well as plants that do not.

An Introduction to Companion Planting - with FREE Quick Reference Chart from Cosmopolitan Cornbread

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For your reference, I have created this companion planting “cheat sheet.” It is just a basic guide for what certain plants love or hate. I didn’t go into the details of the “why,” as I just wanted a handy tool to take with me in the garden.

I explain exactly what Companion Planting is in the video above, as well as some of the benefits of knowing this information.

AsparagusBasil, Parsley, Tomatoes
BeansBeets, Cabbages, Carrots, Cauliflower, Cucumbers, Marigold, Summer SavoryGladiolus, Onion family (including garlic, chives or shallots)
Beans (bush, green, snap, wax, string, butter)Cucumbers, Strawberries, Corn, Summer Savory
Fennel, Onion family (including garlic, chives or shallots)
Beans (pole)Corn (corn provides structure, beans provide nitrogen), Radishes,
Summer Savory
Beets, Kohlrabi, Sunflower
BeetsBush Beans, Cabbage, family (cabbage, broccoli, collards, kale, etc.) Lettuce, Onion, KohlrabiField Mustard, Pole Beans
Cabbage Family (broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, kohlrabi, Brussels sprouts, collards, rutabaga, turnips)Beets, Celery, Chamomile (sparsely), Dill, Onions, Peppermint, Potatoes, Rosemary, SageTomatoes, Pole Beans, Strawberries
CarrotsChives, Leeks, Leaf lettuce, Onions, Radishes, Rosemary, SageApple trees, Dill
CeleryBush Beans, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Leeks, Tomatoes
CornBeans (nitrogen fixer), Cucumbers, Peas (nitrogen fixer), Potatoes, Pumpkin, Squash, Sunflowers (alternating rows with corn reduces army worm risk), MelonsTomatoes
CucumbersBeans, Corn, Peas, Radishes (planted among the mounds, and left to go to seed – protects against cucumber beetles.) SunflowersAromatic herbs, Potatoes (blight on cucumbers)
EggplantGreen beans
KaleCabbage, Potatoes
KohlrabiAromatic Herbs, Beets, Cucumbers, Mustard, OnionsTomatoes, Pole Beans Strawberries
LettuceCarrots, Cucumbers, Onions, Radishes, Strawberries
MelonsCorn, Morning glory flowers, SunflowerPotatoes
OnionsAll Cabbage Family, Beets, Chamomile (sparsely), Lettuce, Roses, Strawberries, Summer savory, TomatoesBeans, Peas
ParsleyAsparagus, Carrots, Roses, Tomatoes
PeasBeans, Carrots, Corn, Cucumbers, Potatoes, Radishes, TurnipsGarlic, Gladiolus, Onions
Peppers (Sweet)Basil, Okra
RadishesNasturtiums, Kohlrabi, Bush beans, Pole beansHyssop
RhubarbColumbine Flowers
SquashIcicle Radishes (left to go to seed), Nasturtiums
TomatoesAsparagus, Basil, Bee Balm, Carrots, Chives, Garlic, Gooseberries, Marigold, Nasturtium, Onion, Parsley, Stinging nettleApricots, All Cabbage Family, Corn, Potatoes, Fennel
WatermelonPotatoes (mulched with straw)Any plant that is tall and will block sunlight

The complete chart can be downloaded and printed here: Companion Planting Chart

2 thoughts on “What is Companion Planting? | Free Quick Reference Guide”

  1. This is a very nice list. Thank you for your work. As well, I would love to see your garden sometime…videos as you make them..I love to garden too.

    Dianne, not too far from you..here in Oklahoma.


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