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Get answers to your gardening questions at the Gardeners' Community which includes a Vegetables forum, Herbs forum and Growing Vegetables & Herbs blog.  Search, ask or answer. Use the Gardening Events calendar, view/post photos and blog too.

Books

Growing Vegetable Gardens - Store

Plants & Seeds

Growing Vegetable Gardens - Store
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W. Atlee Burpee Company
Burpee.com
Cook's Garden
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Gardener's Supply Company
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Companion Planting

Companion Planting Book

Most vegetables and herbs have mutually beneficial relationships with a group of “friends”.  Their friends may protect them from pests and diseases or attract beneficial insects and pollinators.  With the right companions, plants will be protected from problems and produce higher yields.  A non-vegetable example is that chives planted near roses discourage aphids from damaging the roses.

Some plants have “foes” too.  Foes can reduce yields and inhibit growth. For example, peas and beans don’t like to be near onions or garlic because they stunt their growth. 

To have any meaningful impact, companions should be planted as neighbors in reasonably close proximity; they might share the same container, raised bed or raised row.

Friends and foes are listed for each vegetable and herb under Crops A – Z.

Click here for a Vegetable and Herb Companion Chart which can also help you to choose beneficial companions for your vegetables and herbs.

GrowVeg.com can be helpful in laying out a garden using companion planting.

More Information

Visit the Vegtables Forum at GreatLakesGardeners.com to get answers to your growing vegetables questions. To ask a new question, Register if you haven't already done so(it's free and helps protect the forum from spam), click on Start New Topic, enter your question and click on Post New Topic.

Come join us at our Vegetables forum, Herbs forum and Growing Vegetables & Herbs blog.

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