Monday, February 12, 2024

Plant Enemies - Don't Plant These Foes Beside Each Other!

By Tim Gamble

Most of us have heard of companion planting - the gardening technique of planting certain plants beside each other because of the mutual benefits the plants lend each other. The Three Sisters method of planting corn, quash, and beans together is perhaps the best known of these companion plantings, but there are others. Carrots love tomatoes (also the name of a great book on companion gardening. Parsley and asparagus thrive together. Cabbage, cucumbers, and onions make great garden friends. 

But did you know there are also plant enemies? Rivals and foes that should never be planted next to each other. Here is a list of plant enemies that I found in the Vegetable Gardener's Handbook
  • Beans HATE Garlic, Onions, Peppers, and Sunflowers
  • Cabbage HATEs Broccoli, Cauliflower, Strawberries, and Tomatoes
  • Carrots HATE Dill 
  • Corn HATES Tomatoes
  • Cucumbers HATE Melons and Potatoes
  • Lettuce HATES Broccoli
  • Onions HATE Beans, Peas, and Sage
  • Peppers HATE Beans and Kohlrabi
  • Radishes HATE Kohlrabi and Hyssop
  • Tomatoes HATE Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Corn, Kale, Potatoes
This is only a partial list of plant enemies, of course. But it may help explain why your garden didn't do as well as you had hoped last year. :) 
Carrots Love Tomatoes: Secrets of Companion Planting for Successful Gardening, by Louise Riotte. Plant parsley and asparagus together and you’ll have more of each, but keep broccoli and tomato plants far apart if you want them to thrive. Utilize the natural properties of plants to nourish the soil, repel pests, and secure a greater harvest. With plenty of insightful advice and suggestions for planting schemes, this book will inspire you to turn your garden into a naturally nurturing ecosystem.

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