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Garden Families, Friends and Foes

posted on Iowa Mom Videos

Crop Rotation:  Move the section of families each year to avoid disease and bug problems.  It is best if they try not to grow in the same spot more often than every 4 years.  

The Tomato Family (heavy feeders)(share disease issues)

tomatoes, eggplant, peppers, and potatoes.

The Vine Family  (heavy feeders)

squash, pumpkins, gourds, cucumbers, and melons

The Salad Family (love nitrogen rich soil)

cabbage, radish, herbs, broccoli, cauliflower, kale, collards, and turnip greens.

The Beans  (enrich the soil with nitrogen)

green beans, peas and peanuts, as well as clover

Companion Planting

Friends and Foes

I worry mostly about what not to plant together.  These are some I keep apart from each other.

(See more below)

Foes- Don't plant together...

Pole beans with beets (bush beans are okay with beats)

Tomato with Kohlrabi, dill or potatoes

Beans with garlic, onion or shallots

Peas with garlic, onion or shallots

Carrots and dill

Sage and cucumber

Cabbage and Strawberries


Basil next to tomatoes improve their flavor

Marigolds help deter bugs of beans, egg plant, cucumbers and melons.  I plant a few amongst these when my planting is done.

Do a search online for companion planting to learn more on foe (enemy) & friends (allies) of plants.