Benefits of Companion Planting in the Vegetable Garden


Companion planting is the practice of growing different crops near each other for mutual benefit and keeping others separated so that they all thrive.

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Deter Pests and Repelling Insects

Many plants are natural insect repellents or deter critters. Two vegetables that are grown side by side can reduce pest infestation.

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Attract Pollinators and Beneficial Insects

Growing nectar-rich flowers among crops will attract pollinators and beneficial insects to the garden. This helps boost the pollination of flowering crop plants.


The soil biochemistry can positively change when one plant absorbs certain substances from the soil. This benefits the other plants nearby.

Improves Plant Health

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Regulates Shade

Tall plants such as corn and sunflowers provide shade for smaller plants. This protection can benefit plants such as lettuce, spinach, and Swiss chard that need relief from the hot summer sun.

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Improves Soil Fertility

Some crops, such as beans, peas, and other legumes, help to improve the nutrient supply and uptake from the soil.

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Tall plants, such as corn and sunflowers, can support sprawling and lower-growing crops needing trellising like cucumbers and peas.

Natural Supports

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Weed Suppression

Interplanting different crops can help mark garden rows. It also distinguishes fast-germinating plants from slower-germinating plants.

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You’ll not only be surprised by how your plants will benefit from companion gardening but how they will protect each other from pests.

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