The best Beginners Companion Planting Resources for Easy Gardening! For years I wanted to have a garden. I grew up in the country where my family would have little gardens and there is just nothing that beats the flavor and health of homegrown! When I discovered Companion Planting it made gardening so easy!
I’m telling you Companion Gardening is the best, easiest and most rewarding type of gardening I’ve found! Having a garden doesn’t HAVE to be exhausting or stressful.
There are so many gardening ideas to help you with the best ways to garden it doesn’t have to be hard!
I want to explain how I do Companion Planting, what it means and offer some great resources like the below Free Printable Companion Planting Chart! This type of gardening is SO easy and SO successful.
- 1 Beginners Companion Planting Resources for Easy Gardening
- 2 What is Companion Planting?
- 3 What are some examples of companion planting?
- 4 What should I plant together?
- 5 What does NOT grow well together?
- 6 Companion Planting can be done anywhere!
- 7 The Ultimate Vegetable Garden Planner
- 8 Books on Companion Planting
- 9 More Gardening Posts:
- 10 Free Resources for Gardening!
- 11 Simple and fun Crafts for Lavender
- 12 How to Grow and Harvest Lavender
Beginners Companion Planting Resources for Easy Gardening
What is Companion Planting?
Companion planting is when you plant two or more types of plants together that “encourage” each other to grow well! How do they do that? Wikapedia: “Companion planting in gardening and agriculture is the planting of different crops in proximity for any of a number of different reasons, including pest control, pollination, providing habitat for beneficial insects, maximizing use of space, and to otherwise increase crop productivity”
That’s the technical lingo…Does that make sense? Read below for an easier explanation.
What are some examples of companion planting?
Companion Planting has been around for centuries. The Three Sisters Garden was first done by Native Americans! They planted Corn, then beans and squash around the corn. The beans would grow up the corn as it grew. Making the corn stalks stronger and the perfect climber for beans. Even more than that is the fact that beans create nitrogen in the soil as they grow, which makes corn and squash VERY HAPPY!
There are several easy to read books if you want to learn more about the Three Sisters Garden Story or Three Sisters Garden Variations…etc.
The bottom line is that certain plants encourage phenomenal growth for each other. Use the printable companion planting vegetables chart pdf and find out just what plants are the best partners!
What should I plant together?
Some plant examples you should grow together are:
- Peas with sunflowers, maize, lavender, and cabbage.
- Carrots pair well with Lettuce, chives, leeks and peas.
- Beans should be planted with Sunflowers, cucumbers or strawberries.
The Companion Planting Chart here shows..what plants do well when planted next to a certain other plants. AND what doesn’t grow well together…it really works! That is exactly what Companion Planting is all about!
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What does NOT grow well together?
Well just as some plants “encourage” each other to grow, there are certain plants that DO NOT grow well together. A few examples are:
- Beans seem to have a negative effect on: Broccoli, Cauliflower and Kale.
- Asparagus: nothing from the onion family as they compete for certain nutrients in the soil.
- Carrots: Don’t grow with your Herbs.
- Tomatoes: Keep away from corn.
- Lettuce: Don’t plant near garlic and onion.
Since you are just starting out I wanted to make you a handy printable Companion Planting Chart pdf you can use!
Companion Planting can be done anywhere!
These pictures show one of the places where I made room in my flower garden for the veggies and how I’ve also planted in containers on my porch this year. A perfect solution if you are super limited for space, is using some awesome planters or this super cool Garden Tower Project that are now available these days….I’m going to buy one this year!
Broccoli, Leeks, Lettuce, Brussels Sprouts, Sugar Snap Peas…
Notice that some of my planting is done in simple containers on my porch.
Of course what garden is complete without a few pests….I’m going to put sandpaper around my plants to see if that helps..it’s said that Snails don’t like to crawl over rough stuff..we’ll see. I’ve already tried egg shells and a little bark..nope didn’t help…
One of the secrets to keeping weeds down is to plant really close together…enough room to grow..but close enough together that no weeds grow..You can plant at least 1/2 of what a package says to plant apart and still have a great harvest!
The Ultimate Vegetable Garden Planner
Oh man am I ever excited about this Planner! It’s the PERFECT fit for the Companion Gardening printable I made! This will save so much time, help organize your garden, track different soils and fertilizers you used and so much more!
Perfect for keeping track of your best results and what works, so you can repeat the following year! Ditch what didn’t work and keep what did!
The Vegetable Planner will Help you to:
- Take control
- Plan ahead with long-term, monthly & weekly goal setting & charts
- Know what you planted & how much you harvested
- Know what soil amendments used & where
- Know what pests popped up & on which plants
- Save money & brain cells
Over 200 Pages for you to download and print! Of course the beauty of downloadable products is that you can print just what you need OVER AND OVER! You don’t have to print every single page and then be overwhelmed. Julia left no stone un-turned when it comes to The Ultimate Vegetable Garden Planner!
SO many useful printables for every need, that you can use over and over! Check out what’s inside:
Julia has graciously given my readers an extra 10% discount off of an already rediculously low sales price!
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If you are feeling a little confused on what you might want to plant, Heirloom has EVERYTHING you need to get started! This Heirloom seed bank has 42 strains of vegetable and herb seeds; over 12,800 seeds total!
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If you don’t want to plant every little thing…you can save for next year. The only thing that will happen to the seeds is that they will take maybe a day or 2 longer to germinate.
I will be planting more warmer weather Veggies soon..when we have some consistent heat going here in the Pacific Northwest..here are some awesome books that go waay more in depth if you are interested. Lots of awesome tips for Companion Planting.
Books on Companion Planting
Here are some of my favorites…Simply click on the picture for more information!
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