Good & Bad Bean Companion Plants

You want to grow beans at home but are not sure what plants you should grow with beans?

Great! This blog post is exactly for you since I show you the best and worst bean companion plants in the following.

Why do I need Companion Plants to grow Beans?

You might wonder why you should actually use companion planting.

Sure, you could also grow beans alone. Yet, you would miss out on several advantages that companion plants can provide to your beans.

For instance, good companion plants improve soil conditions, serve as a ground cover, attract pollinators, deter pests, provide shade and can have many additional positive effects on the overall growth behavior of your beans.

While good companion plants can have those positive effects, bad companion plants will likely do more harm than good.

Consequently, make sure to have a look at the following tables to figure out the best companion plants for your beans.

Prepare the soil!

Good Beans Companion Plants

Companion PlantWhy is it good?
CucumbersProvide shade to your beans.
CeleryDeters pests.
BeetsLoosen the soil.
RadishesLoosen the soil.
PeasDeter pests.
SavoyLoosens the soil.
NasturtiumsAttract pollinators.
MarigoldsAttract pollinators.
RadishesLoosen the soil.
SquashImprove the soil.
CornProvides shade.
StrawberriesAttract pollinators.
CarrotsLoosen the soil.
CatnipDeters pests.
SpinachGround cover to keep the soil moist.
RosemaryImproves the flavor of your beans.

Bad Beans Companion Plants

Companion PlantWhy is it bad?
LeeksEmit harmful substances to the soil
ChivesTakes away nitrogen from your beans.
GarlicTakes away nitrogen from your beans.
OnionsTake away nitrogen.
ShallotsTake away nitrogen.
ScallionEmits harmful elements to the soil.
SunflowersTake away too much sun.
KaleFeeds on similar nutrients.
CabbageFeeds on similar nutrients.
CauliflowerFeeds on similar nutrients.
BroccoliFeeds on similar nutrients.

Best & Worst Bean Companion Plants – Summary

Best Companion PlantsWorst Companion Plants
RosemaryGarlic
CatnipChives
CarrotsOnions
SpinachLeeks
StrawberriesSunflower
RadishesScallions
SquashShallots
CornCabbage
NasturtiumsBroccoli
MarigoldsCauliflower
SavoyKale
Radish
Peas
Beets
Cucumbers
Celery

What should you plant with Beans?

Good companion plants for beans are beets, celery, cucumbers, radish, peas, savoy, nasturtiums, marigolds, squash, radishes, corn, strawberries, carrots, spinach, rosemary and catnip.

You should not plant beans with garlic, onions, scallions, chives, shallots, sunflowers, kale, cauliflowers, cabbage, broccoli and leeks.

You want to know more about growing beans in general. Don’t forget to check out my grower’s guide on how to grow beans from seed to harvest!

About the Author

My name is Andreas and I’m really passionate about our environment and also about growing plants. In fact, I have grown several different plants over many years. I love to see my plants grow and also always try new things to improve my overall conditions at home.

In my blog posts, I want to share my experiences with you so that you can become successful in growing various different plants and improving your home as well, even though you might still be a beginner right now.

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