Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Companion planting

Companion Planting
is the idea that certain plants benefit from being next to some other plant. I usually google to find information about what plants make good companions.

Perhaps the most famous companion planting combination is "Three Sisters"—corn, beans, and squash. This year, my modified three sisters planting has fava beans, corn, chayote, zucchini, and a gaggle of volunteer tomatoes. At this point, they are all getting along quite well!

I have other pairings based on the principles of companion planting:

Strawberries and Chives

Chiles and Petunias

Raspberries and Borage

I'm not sure if it is really "working," but I rest easier knowing that all my plants have one or two (or more!) suitable companions. Polyamory in the garden.


  1. Does this mean that I have to find a recipe that can use strawberries WITH chives? this could be our new local cooking challenge. Cooking based on your planting pairings.

  2. strawberry and chive potato pancakes?

  3. One of the three sisters is climbing all over the other two. Maybe doing a birth order thing might have been a wise choice. Yours look quite nice.