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Spring Planting Tip

posted Aug 21, 2011, 1:12 PM by Stacey M   [ updated Feb 12, 2013, 7:49 AM ]
Don't go putting things next to each other all willy nilly!
Thought since we are getting ready to plant outdoors for the first time this year I would include a little helpful note for those of you that may be doing the same soon. Basically it is this, don't go putting things next to each other all willy nilly, plan your garden!Just like people, some plants do not get along with each other and don't grow well next to each other. For example 
  • Tomatoes do not like to be planted next to Potatoes, Broccoli or squash. 
  • Potatoes do not like to be next to tomatoes, cucumber, squash or sage....starting to wonder if squash issues here...hmmm
  • Don't put beans next to onions...they will not thrive!
  • And the worst of the enemies...carrots and dill...the rivalry is relentless. *shakes head*
However there are also a few plants that like to be together a little TOO much and you may want to keep that in mind as well., and not plant them next to each other. For example
  • Honeydew and cantalope, they will cross to a strange combination of freakishly bad melon!
  • Beets and Radish...need I say more?
  • Yellow and orange pumpkins make creamy orangesicle pumpkins, but hey if thats your thing...
  • Most other open pollinated crops like different varieties of corn, gourds, etc.
But these plants do get along famously, so planting them together works out well.
  • Radish, carrot OR carrot, beet
  • Garlic, scallion, green onion
  • Tomato, eggplant, pepper, herbs (helps protect vulnerable tomatoes from chewers)
  • Corn and gourds
  • Lettuce, cabbage, brussels sprouts, spinach, turnips, beets, carrots, swiss chard, collards, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, peas and beans (a cool crop/greens garden) thrive all together.
  • squash, cucumber, and melons
  • sunflowers and  dill
Larger combinations that work well together:
  • Beans, carrot, strawberry, celery, corn, eggplant, peas, potato, broccoli, cauliflower, radish, beet, cucumber, green onion
  • Cucumber, corn, beans, sunflower, radish, dill, nasturtium
  • Lettuce, strawberry, cabbage, Brussels Sprout, cauliflower, lettuce, radish, spinach, Swiss chard, turnip, beet, carrot, cucumber, onion, 
  • Squash, zucchini, melon, cucumber, corn, marigold, oregano, nasturtium
  • Tomato, eggplant, okra, pepper, asparagus, beans, carrot, cucumber, onion, basil, marigold
So plan ahead and have happy healthy plants!