Save Money Companion Planting

Now that I have your attention, it is possible to save money companion planting in your garden. I’m going to give you some pointers to help you get the most out of your garden this year. It is a very cool thing how plants help each other or hinder each other when they are planted together. So you can use this knowledge to unleash the power of companion planting.Save Money Companion Planting

What is companion planting?

Companion planting is the practice of pairing plants because of their mutual benefit to each other. Some plants will improve the health and vigor of neighboring plants, while others will inhibit their growth. Others will help to deter insect invasions because of their aromatic qualities. Very flowery herbs will attract pollinators such as bees and butterflies. Some plants help by fixing nitrogen to their roots and feeding the plants next to them. and others are grown together because they provide shade or support for their neighbors. Some plants act as row markers for later germinating seeds.

So you can see there is a real advantage to practice companion planting. But, the burning question is…

How can I save money companion planting?

Well, there are numerous ways to save money companion planting.

  1. You get higher yields, which means you have more to eat, meaning fewer trips to the vegetable aisle.
  2. Higher yields means you have food to can, freeze, or make your own sauces.
  3. You get fewer insect problems, so reduced wastage of vegetables and space.
  4. You are growing your own organic produce so you don’t have to pay the high prices for the same produce in the market or grocery store.
  5. You won’t need to depend on synthetic fertilizers to make your garden grow.

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Helpful herbs:

Aromatic herbs include: dill, chamomile, sage, peppermint, rosemary, thyme, hyssop, summer savory, basil, to name a few. The benefits of these herbs range from attracting beneficial insects, i.e. pollinators, such as bees and butterflies, via their flowers, to repelling pests via their strong scents. Basil, planted beside tomatoes will defend tomatoes from pests and diseases and even improve their flavor. (Carrots Love Tomatoes, Louise Riotte.) I proved this in my own garden. It was recommended to plant a row of basil beside a row of tomatoes which I did. Honestly, it did the basil good too! The plants were so big you could hardly see the tomatoes. So, it definitely works to improve vigor. The tomatoes were super healthy too.

Dill, chamomile, sage, peppermint, and rosemary can be planted with peas, broccoli, and the rest of the cabbage family, including, cauliflower, kale, kohlrabi, collards, turnip, rutabaga, Brussels sprouts,

Summer savory is helpful to bush and pole beans, onions.

Hyssop, thyme and wormwood help repel white cabbage butterfly.

Rosemary, wormwood and sage repel carrot fly.

Comfrey is a large plant that should be grown, not so much for it’s companionability, but because it’s a great fertilizer when you make a tea from the leaves. But that’s a whole other post on the merits of comfrey.

Fennel is unfriendly to bush beans so don’t plant them anywhere near each other.

Rue is most unfriendly to most plants so put it over next to the woods! Just kidding!

Plant friends and enemies

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Bush beans do well with beets, cucumbers, strawberries and summer savory, but don’t like fennel.

On the other handpole beans like being close to corn, summer savory and radishes, but dislike kohlrabi, sunflowers and beets.

Beets derive benefit from bush beans, onions, kohlrabi and lettuce, but not pole beans.

The cabbage family seem quite happy with hyssop, thyme, wormwood, dill,  peppermint, sage, onions and potatoes, but really hate strawberries, pole beans and tomatoes.

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The white cabbage butterfly – the enemy!

Carrots live happily beside onions, leeks, plus the herbs mentioned above. They also respond well to having tomatoes nearby.

Celery grows well with leeks, tomatoes, cabbage and cauliflower. It doesn’t seem to have any enemies in the garden.

Chinese Cabbage  is at home anywhere in the garden except near corn because the corn worms will eat up the cabbage.

Corn is helped by potatoes, by peas and beans because of their nitrogen-fixing properties, cucumbers, and pumpkins, squash and melons because of the shade for it’s roots and to keep raccoons away. However, corn dislikes to be planted near tomatoes.

Cucumber and corn are compatible when allowed to climb up the corn stalks. They also do well in the shade of sunflowers. Plant a couple radish seed in the same hill as your cucumber to repel cucumber beetle. Allow the radish to grow up and go to seed. Cucumber doesn’t like potatoes or the aromatic herbs.

Eggplant grown with green beans repels the Colorado potato beetle.

Kale is a member of the cabbage family so shares the same likes and dislikes. You can try growing an early August sowing with late cabbage or potatoes that will produce yields up to and after the last frost.

Leek favors celery, onions, and carrots. Leeks help carrots repel carrot fly.

Lettuce makes a good companion to strawberries, cucumbers, carrots, radish and green onions and beets.

Onions like the cabbage family, beets, strawberries, tomatoes, lettuce and summer savory, but don’t do well with peas and beans.

Parsley mixed with carrot seed repels carrot fly.

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Peas make happy companions to carrots, turnips, radish, cucumbers, beans, potatoes and aromatic herbs, but rebel against onions, garlic and gladiolus.

Spinach can be grown with strawberries.

Squash seed should be mixed with radish in the same hole to repel insects. When grown with nasturiums, squash has protection from squash bug.

Tomato is at home with chives, onions, parsley, marigolds, nasturiums, carrots, basil and garlic, but positively dislikes the cabbage family, potatoes or fennel.

Turnip benefits from peas and clover because of their nitrogen-fixing characteristic and radish. You can mix the seed and plant them together. The clover and peas will act as a ground cover. 

Strawberries enjoy the presence of bush beans especially when they are planted in alternating rows, and lettuce, onions, and spinach, but don’t care for the cabbage family.

Potatoes are friends with peas, kale, corn and the cabbage family, but don’t plant them near sweet peppers, tomatoes or cucumbers.

These are some handy ways to save money companion planting. I hope you put some of these tips to the test in your garden. They really do work!

Do you have anything to add to this list? Add your voice in the comments below!

2 Comments

  • Carolyn Dwyer says:

    Great Information! Will have to start this now!

  • Nadea says:

    Thanks, Carolyn! I am sure you’ll have a great garden following these guidelines. It’s a lot of fun just doing the planning for such a garden!Happy gardening!!

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