companion planting


Companion planting is the art of planting specific crops in the same vicinity as others to encourage pollination, provide nutrients and to eliminate harmful pests. It can also save space in your garden and aid the overall growth of your plants.

We love tips to help your vegetable garden to grow and thrive, and knowing whether one plant is friend or foe to another can greatly increase your vegetable production!

Here are traditional friendly and unfriendly neighbours when companion planting. Source: Afristar Foundation.

companion planting



Companion Planting



PLANT NEAR: maize (corn), sunflowers, lavender, cabbage, cucumber, strawberries, brinjal  (eggplant)

KEEP AWAY FROM: onion, garlic, fennel


PLANT NEAR: beans, onions, garlic, lettuce, cabbage

Brinjal (Eggplant)

PLANT NEAR: calendula, marigolds, mint, peas

Broccoli | Cabbage | Cauliflower | Kale

PLANT NEAR: aromatic plants, dill, sage, rosemary, potatoes, beetroot, celery, garlic, onions, geranium

KEEP AWAY FROM: tomatoes, pole & runner beans, peppers


PLANT NEAR: lettuce, chives, leeks, rosemary, sage, peas, wormwood

KEEP AWAY FROM: strawberries, fennel, cabbage


PLANT NEAR: carrots, radish, strawberries, cucumber, beans

KEEP AWAY FROM: celery, parsley

Maize (Corn)

PLANT NEAR: sunflowers, amaranth, beans, peas & other legumes, pumpkin, squash, cucumber, melons & other cucurbits

KEEP AWAY FROM: cabbage, tomato, celery

Onion | Garlic

PLANT NEAR: carrots, beetroot, strawberries, tomatoes, lettuce, cabbage

KEEP AWAY FROM: peas, beans, parsley, leeks


PLANT NEAR: lavender, carrot, turnip, radish, cucumber, maize, beans (most veggies & herbs)

KEEP AWAY FROM: onion, garlic


PLANT NEAR: tomatoes, geranium, basil, carrot, onion

KEEP AWAY FROM: beans, kale, cabbage family


PLANT NEAR: coriander, marigold, beans, maize, cabbage family, brinjal

KEEP AWAY FROM: pumpkin, cucumber, squash, melons, sunflower, tomatoes


PLANT NEAR: strawberries, broad beans, peas


PLANT NEAR: basil, oregano, parsley, chives, nasturium, onions, carrots, celery, calendula, geranium, borage

KEEP AWAY FROM: potatoes, fennel, cabbage family


PLANT NEAR: tomatoes

KEEP AWAY FROM: general pest deterrent – plant throughout garden!


PLANT NEAR: fast growing nutrient accumulator. Plant along edges & use leaves for mulch!

KEEP AWAY FROM: compost activator. Use leaves to make comfrey tea fertilizer!

Chile Pepper

PLANT NEAR: cabbage, maize

KEEP AWAY FROM: repels cabbage moth. Plant on boarders to keep flying pests away!


PLANT NEAR: plant freely throughout the garden – repels soil nematodes, aphids, bean beetles & many more.

KEEP AWAY FROM: use marigold leaves to make an organic general insecticide spray!


PLANT NEAR: tomatoes – improves flavour!

KEEP AWAY FROM: repels white flies & spider mites


PLANT NEAR: cabbage

KEEP AWAY FROM: deters cabbage worm


PLANT NEAR: carrots, cabbage, sage, beans

KEEP AWAY FROM: deters cabbage moth, bean beetles & carrot fly!

Wormwood | Artemesia

PLANT NEAR: plant around garden edges

KEEP AWAY FROM: keeps animals out! Also repels white fly!


PLANT NEAR: Plant freely throughout the garden. Repels soil nematodes, aphids, bean beetles & many more!

KEEP AWAY FROM: Plant near aromatic herbs to enhance essential oil production!


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