Ideal Plant Companions When Growing Vegetables

A couple of years in a row, after we moved here, we planted a garden. The first one did really well. The 2nd one didn't. We'd always planted the same way, or so we thought. We finally figured out, after seeing the list below, what we were doing wrong, once we corrected it, it's been great gardening ever since!


  • Beans: should be planted away from onions, garlic, shallots, and leeks.

  • Beets: Plant away from pole beans and mustards.

  • Broccoli: Avoid planting close to strawberries and sunflowers.

  • Cabbage: This group doesn't mix well with strawberries, sunflowers, and grapes.

  • Carrots: Keep away from dill.

  • Corn: Don't plant too close to tomatoes and sunflowers.

  • Eggplant: Keep away from potatoes, tomatoes, and peppers.

  • Garlic: Avoid planting near beans and peas.

  • Lettuce: Avoid the cabbage family and sunflowers.

  • Onions: Do not plant near beans and peas.

  • Peas: Keep away from onions, garlic, shallots, and leeks.

  • Peppers: They don't mix well with eggplant, tomatoes, potatoes, and fennel.

  • Potatoes: Best if planted away from eggplant, peppers, tomatoes, squash, pumpkins, and sunflowers.

  • Strawberries: Keep away from members of the cabbage family.

  • Tomatoes: They don't get along with corn, potatoes, peppers, and eggplant.

Happy Gardening to You!

By Terri H.

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October 8, 20060 found this helpful

Although you didn't really say WHERE the ideal location was for each plant, the information for what is known as "companion planting" will come in handy for what you have printed here as well. Thank you for this. It is likely several reasons a couple of my crops didn't make it. I will be more careful to refer to this list next time. God bless your homework! : )

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February 21, 20070 found this helpful

I was having problems with my eggplants i use your tip and now everything is fine,thanks so much!

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March 18, 20130 found this helpful

Could your problems have been from planting the same thing, or things in the same family, in the same spots year-after-year? I believe in companion planting, but also believe that healthy soil allows the gardener to do a lot.


I've planted beans next to my garlic patch and tomatoes next to my peppers several times with no problems and great yields.

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