Companion Planting - Idaho Food Bank

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Companion Planting - Idaho Food Bank

  1. 1. Idaho Community GardensIdaho Foodbank3562 S TK AveBoise, ID 83705-0601www.idahofoodbank.org/community_gardens336-0643 x 246bparham@idahofoodbank.org Companion Planting When planning a vegetable garden for the coming season, you can greatly increase thesuccess and well-being of your garden if you consider companion planting. Plants can formbeneficial relationships with each other, and when planted correctly can help with pestmanagement, yield, and even bring out the taste of each plant. For instance, certain roots havepest-resistant capabilities with chemicals that either repel or poison harmful insects. Marigold rootsexpel harmful soil nematodes, and tomatoes exude a chemical in the soil that repels certaincabbage pests. On the other end, some plants simply don’t get along when planted next to one another ina gardening space. It’s equally as important to understand these relationships to avoid thesesituations. Understanding and utilizing these relationships will result in a garden that mimicsnature and has a balanced ecosystem. There are a variety of possibilities when using companion planting. Many plants includingvegetables, flowers, and herbs can be used as companion plants. Don’t be afraid to experiment anduse plants in creative ways. Some gardeners have used flowers as borders or interplanted them withvegetables throughout the garden. Successful companion planting can attract the beneficial insectsand keep away harmful pests. On the following page, you’ll find a chart listing vegetables and their respective good andbad companions. Below are some great resources to check out if you’d like to learn more.Carrots Love Tomatoes by Louise Riotte.This is a classic book on the art of companion planting. Complete with illustrations and detaileddescriptions of hundreds of plants and their friends and enemies. Highly recommended tooptimize yield and have a happy garden.Golden Harvest Organics. www.ghorganics.comThe Organic Gardener’s Complete Guide to Vegetables and Fruits. Rodale Press.
  2. 2. Plant Good Companions Bad CompanionsAsparagus Basil, parsley, pot marigold, tomatoes OnionBasil Pepper, Tomato, MarigoldBush Beans Beets, Cabbage, Carrots, Celery, Corn, Onion Cucumbers, Eggplant, Lettuce, Pea, Radish, Strawberry, Savory, Tansy, MarigoldPole Beans Carrots, Corn Cucumber, Eggplant, Lettuce, Pea, Beets, Onion Radish, Savory, TansyBeets Bush Beans, Cabbage, Onion, SageCabbage Bush Beans, Beets, Celery, Onions, Tomato, All StrawberryFamily Strong Herbs, Marigold, NasturtiumCarrots Bush Beans, Pole Beans, Lettuce, Onion, Peas, Dill Radish, Tomato, SageCelery Bush Beans, Cabbage, Onion, Spinach, TomatoCorn Bush Beans, Pole Beans, Cucumber, Melons, Peas, Tomato SquashCucumbers Bush Beans, Pole Beans, Corn, Lettuce, Onions, No Strong Herbs Peas, Radish, Marigold, Nasturtium, SavoryEggplant Bush Beans, Pole Beans, SpinachLettuce Bush Beans, Pole Beans, Carrots, Cucumbers, Onion, Radish, StrawberriesMelons Corn, Nasturtium, RadishOnion Beets, Cabbage, Carrots, Celery, Cucumber, Bush Beans, Pole Lettuce, Pepper, Squash, Strawberries, Tomato, Beans, Peas SavoryParsley TomatoPeas Bush Beans, Pole Beans, Carrots, Corn Cucumber, Onion Radish, TurnipsPepper OnionRadish Bush Beans, Pole Beans, Carrots, Cucumber, Hyssop Lettuce, Melons, Peas, SquashSpinach Celery, Eggplant, CauliflowerSquash Corn, Onion, RadishStrawberry Bush Beans, Lettuce, Onion, Spinach CabbageTomato Cabbage, Carrots, Celery, Onion, Mint Corn, FennelSource for chart: www.gardenguides.com, The Organic Gardener’s Complete Guide to Fruits and Vegetables

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