Companion Planting Made Easy-ish: Part 2 of 3

by Daisy

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We’ve already covered Rule One: Separate Family Members. If you missed that one, you’ll have no idea what I’m talking about when I mention a particular plant family. So go back now. Learning this stuff for each and every species will make your ears bleed. Seriously.

In this part we cover Rule Two: Separate Hatfields and McCoys.

Some plant families just hate each other. It goes way back and they each have a different story for how it all got started, but the point is–put ’em together and it’s war.

Here’s a quick and dirty on your six major garden feuds:

1. Tomato Nightshades VS Potato Nightshades: Tomatoes and Peppers HATE potatoes and eggplant.

2. Bean Family VS Lilies and Tomato Nightshades: No peas with peppers and tomatoes. No peanuts with the onions or garlic.

3. Cabbage Family VS Nightshades and Roses: No broccoli with strawberries or the potatoes.

4. Carrot Family VS Potato Nightshades: No dill with the eggplant

5. Corn VS Tomato Nightshades: Corn hates tomatoes and peppers

6. Gourd Family VS Mint and Nightshades: No seating squash with your peppers and basil, K?

Today, walk around your garden (or look at the plan in your notebook) and notice what Hatfields and McCoys you may have snuggled up in your beds.
Just notice.

If you wanna start rearranging today, or all this makes your head hurt, download our handy chart integrating all the rules.

Tired yet? Only one more day to go…


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{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Jennifer Swanson June 14, 2009 at 7:14 pm

Love the chart! But I can’t find “mint” in the left-hand column.

ivorysoap76 June 15, 2009 at 12:23 am

@ Jennifer I can’t remember why I didn’t include it. I didn’t put the geranium category over there either. I think it was because there wasn’t much talk about things in the mint family BEING impacted, as much as impacting other plants. There was a reason. But it fell out of my head.

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