Vegetable Companion Planting

Vegetable companion planting can provide your garden with some great natural benefits.

By simply paying attention to the plants that do well together, as well as those that don’t like growing close to each other, you will find that you are able to grow a greater variety of healthy plants in your garden.

Continue reading our page to see additional benefits of planting your survival garden this way, and be sure to view the helpful companion planting charts below...


The idea behind companion planting involves planting different kinds of plants together so that they benefit and help each other grow.

The main benefits of garden companion planting are:

 1. More produce out of your survival garden.
  2. A natural method of pest control.

 A perfect example of planting beneficial plants together was done by Native Americans, they would commonly plant beans, corn and squash together. The benefits of these 3 vegetable companion plants are:

  • The corn gives the beans a place to climb,
  • The beans give the other three companions nutrients in the soil,
  • The squash serves as a shade to the roots of the plants beside it.

The additional benefits that come from planting these vegetable companions together are; it prevents weeds from growing, and is also a great water saver.

A few more garden examples of vegetable companion planting are:

  • Onions, which repel slugs and aphids away.
  • Tomatoes, which grow well with carrots and basil, and improves the taste of tomatoes.
  • Horseradish and potatoes, when planted together give your potatoes protection from disease.

This concept is certainly worth considering, BEFORE you begin planting your vegetable garden. Below is a more extensive vegetable companion planting chart to help you learn more about the most common vegetables that you might want to consider planting together in your survival garden.

Below the companion planting chart is the Pest Repelling Herbs & Plants Chart showing the names and benefits of natural pest repelling herbs and other plants.


Plant Good Companions Bad Companions
Basil Pepper, Tomato, Marigold
Bush Beans Beets, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celeriac, Celery, Chard, Corn, Cucumbers, Eggplant, Leek, Lettuce, Parsnip, Pea, Potato, Radish, Rosemary, Strawberry, Savory, Sunflower, Tansy, Marigold Basil, Fennel, Kohlrabi, Onion
Pole Beans Carrots, Cauliflower, Chard, Corn Cucumber, Eggplant, Lettuce, Marigold, Pea, Potato, Radish, Rosemary, Savory, Strawberry, Tansy Basil, Beets, Cabbage, Fennel, Kohlrabi, Onion, Radish, Sunflower
Beets Bush Beans, Cabbage family, Lettuce, Lima Bean, Onion, Radish, Sage Mustard, Pole Bean
Cabbage Family Bush Beans, Beets, Carrot, Celery, Cucumber, Dill, Lettuce, Mint, Nasturtium, Onions, Rosemary, Sage, Spinach, Thyme, All Strong Herbs, Marigold, Nasturtium Pole Bean, Strawberry, Tomato
Carrots Beans, Brussels sprouts, Cabbage, Chives, Lettuce, Leek, Onion, Peas, Radish, Rosemary, Sage, Tomato Celery, Dill, Parsnip
Celery Almost everything except —> —> —> —> Carrot, Parsley, Parsnip
Corn All Beans, Beets, Cabbage, Cantaloupe, Cucumber, Melons, Parsley, Peas, Early Potatoes, Pumpkin, Squash Tomato
Cucumbers Bush Beans, Pole Beans, Cabbage family, Corn, Dill, Eggplant, Lettuce, Marigold, Nasturtium, Onions, Peas, Radish, Tomato, Savory, Sunflower, No Strong Herbs Potato
Eggplant Bush Beans, Pole Beans, Peas, Peppers, Potato, Spinach Fennel
Lettuce Everything, but especially Carrots, Garlic, Onion and Radish
— none —
Melon Corn, Nasturtium, Radish Potato
Onion Beets, Cabbage family, Carrots, Celery, Cucumber, Lettuce, Parsnip, Pepper, Spinach, Squash, Strawberries, Tomato, Turnip, Savory Asparagus, Beans, Peas, Sage
Parsley Tomato
— none —
Peas Bush Beans, Pole Beans, Carrots, Celery, Chicory, Corn Cucumber, Eggplant, Parsley, Early Potato, Radish, Spinach, Strawberry, Sweet pepper, Turnips Onion, Late Potato
Potato Bush bean, Cabbage family, Carrot, Corn, Horseradish, Marigold, Onion, Parsnip, Peas Cucumber, Kohlrabi, Parsnip, Pumpkin, Rutabaga, Squash family, Sunflower, Turnip, Fennel,
Radish Beet, Bush Beans, Pole Beans, Carrots, Cucumber, Lettuce, Melons, Nasturtium, Parsnip, Peas, Spinach, Squash family Hyssop
Spinach Celeriac, Celery, Corn, Eggplant, Cauliflower
Squash Corn, Onion, Radish
Strawberry Bush Beans, Lettuce, Nasturtium, Onion, Radish, Spinach Cabbage, Potato
Tomato Asparagus, Basil, Bean, Cabbage family, Carrots, Celery, Chive, Cucumber, Garlic, Head lettuce, Marigold, Mint, Nasturtium, Onion, Parsley, Pepper, Marigold Pole Beans, Corn, Dill, Fennel, Potato

Along with vegetable companion planting... several types of herbs and other plants can add a natural pest repellent benefit to many of their neighboring plants.


Plant Pests Plant Deters & Benefits
Basil Plant with tomatoes to improve growth and flavor and to repel flies and mosquitoes. Do not plant near Rue.
Chamomile Improves flavor of cabbages and onions.
Horseradish Plant in potato patch to keep away potato bugs.
Rue Deters Japanese beetles in roses and raspberries.
Bay Leaf A fresh bay leaf in each storage container of beans or grains will deter weevils and moths.
Chervil Companion to radishes for improved growth and flavor.
Hyssop Companion plant to cabbage and grapes, deters cabbage moths. Do not plant near radishes.
Sage Companion plant with rosemary, cabbage, and carrots to deter cabbage moths, beetles, and carrot flies. Do not plant near cucumbers.
Bee Balm Plant with tomatoes to improve growth and flavor.
Chives Improves growth and flavor of carrots.
Summer Savory Plant with beans and onions to improve growth and flavor. Discourages cabbage moths.
Borage Companion plant for tomatoes, squash and strawberries. Deters tomato worms.
Dill Improves growth and health of cabbage. Do not plant near carrots.
Marjoram Improves flavor of all vegetables.
Tansy Plant with fruit trees, roses, and raspberries. Deters flying insects, Japanese beetles, striped cucumber beetles, squash bugs, and ants.
Caraway Good for loosening compacted soil.
Garlic Plant near roses to repel aphids.
Mint Deters white cabbage moths, and improves the health of cabbages and tomatoes.
Thyme Deters cabbage worms.
Catnip Deters flea beetles.
Gopher Purge Deters gophers and moles.
Rosemary Companion plant to cabbage, beans, carrots, and sage. Deters cabbage moths, bean beetles and carrot flies.
Wormwood Keeps animals out of the garden when planted as a border.

Take the time to consider these vegetable companion planting tips before you begin PLANNING A Survival Garden, this will help you to reap the BEST garden harvest for your money, time, and efforts.

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Chart courtesy of Texas Agricultural Extension Service

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