Planning a Companion Planting Garden

Which vegetables grow best next to each other?

By Catherine Boeckmann
January 16, 2021
Companion Planting

This year, don’t just plan a vegetable garden—plan a “companion” vegetable garden which pairs up plants that work best together! To better understand, take a look at these amazing companion garden plan layouts from our own Almanac readers!

What is Companion Planting?

Based on scientific research, we know that there are certain vegetable crops which make “good” companions when paired together. In many cases, there is a beneficial effect such as protection from pests.  Larger vegetables may also be used to protect smaller plants and seedlings from harsh winds or as a climbing support, while sprawling crops such as squashes can be used to suppress weeds around tall crops like corn.

See this video for a demonstration of Companion Planting.

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Also, many flowers make ideal companions for vegetables and fruit. Plant “simple” flowers such as calendula, marigold and poached egg plant (Limnanthes douglasii) to attract beneficial insects to your garden and control pests such as aphids.

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New Garden Planner Feature!

Want to know more about which plants work best together? With our digital Garden Planner, arranging your garden is as easy as clicking a button. Simply select “companion planting” to see which plants work best together! We’ve done all the research for you! Go here to learn more about the Almanac Garden Planner and either subscribe or try the 7-day trial.

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Examples of Companion Gardens

Below are some of our favorite vegetable gardens which make use of companion gardening practices. All are by Almanac readers who used the Almanac Garden Planner!

Find hundreds more garden plans shared by readers—all by location!

1. Companion Gardening (Kitchen Garden) 

Garden Location: Connecticut
Garden Size:  7’ 11” x 3’ 11”
Garden Type:  Vegetables and Edible Flowers

See plant list and more details about this garden here.

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2. Companion Gardening (Kitchen Garden) 

Southwestern cuisine themed garden inspired by the three sisters companion planting method.

Garden Location: Southwest
Garden Size:  7’ 11” x 3’ 11”
Garden Type:  Vegetables and Edible Flowers

See plant list and more details about this garden here.

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3. Companion Gardening (Raised Beds) 

Garden Location: Boulder, CO.
Garden Size:  16’ 9” x 32’ 9”
Garden Type:  Raised Beds
Sunny or Shady: Sunny
Soil: Good Soil 

See plant list and more details about this garden here.

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Find more garden layouts for different type of gardens!

Planning a Garden With the Almanac Garden Planner

Ready to try out the digital Garden Planner on your computer? It’s FREE for an entire week—ample time to play around and plan your first garden.

Go here to learn more about the Almanac Garden Planner and either subscribe or try the 7-day trial.

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