Good & Bad Broccoli Companion Plants

You want to grow broccoli in your garden or on your balcony but are not sure what plants to grow with broccoli?

Good news! I show you the best and worst broccoli companion plants in the following chapters so that you can better decide what to grow next to your broccoli plants.

Why do I need Companion Plants for growing Broccoli?

While it is possible to grow broccoli alone, you would miss out on many benefits companion plants can provide for your broccoli plants.

Among others, good companion plants can provide shade, attract pollinators, deter pests and improve overall soil conditions.

While some plants can be beneficial when being planted with broccoli, others can do more harm than good.

Thus, make sure to have a look at the following tables to determine the best companion plants for broccoli and also to get some additional information on what purpose they fulfill.

Good Broccoli Companion Plants

Companion PlantWhy is it good?
LettuceGood ground cover to keep the soil moist.
RadishLoosens the soil.
SpinachGround cover.
CucumbersProvide shade.
ShallotsDeter pests.
OnionsCan improve the flavor of your broccoli.
ChardGround cover.
GarlicKeeps away pests.
PotatoesLoosen the soil.
CeleryCan improve the flavor of your broccoli.
DillKeeps away pests.
MintImproves the flavor of broccoli.
BasilImproves flavor and deters pests.
ThymeKeeps away pests.
RosemaryKeeps away pests.
MarigoldsAttract pollinators.
NasturtiumsAttract pollinators.
BeetsFeeds on different nutrients.

Bad Broccoli Companion Plants

Companion PlantWhy is it bad?
EggplantInhibits the growth of broccoli.
TomatoesTake away nutrients from the soil.
PeppersAttract pests.
MustardEmits harmful substances to the soil.
BeansWorsen soil conditions.
MelonsFeed on similar nutrients.
StrawberriesAttract pests
AsparagusTakes away too many nutrients from the soil.
PumpkinsFeed on similar nutrients.
CornTakes away too much sunlight.

Best & Worst Broccoli Companion Plants – Summary List

Best Companion PlantsWorst Companion Plants
MarigoldsStrawberries
NasturtiumAsparagus
ThymePumpkin
RosemaryMelons
BasilCorn
MintMustard Greens
DillBeans
CeleryEggplants
BeetsPeppers
PotatoesTomatoes
Chard
Garlic
Onions
Shallots
Lettuce
Radishes
Cucumbers
Spinach

What should you plant with Broccoli?

Good companion plants for broccoli are spinach, onions, shallots, garlic, cucumbers, lettuce, radish, potatoes, celery, beets, chard, basil, mint, rosemary, dill, nasturtiums, marigolds and thyme.

Prepare the soil!

Avoid planting broccoli with beans, eggplants, melons, pumpkins, corn, asparagus, strawberries, mustard greens, peppers and tomatoes.

Now that you know all good and bad broccoli companion plants, you may also want to have a look at my broccoli grower’s guide on how to grow broccoli from seed to harvest step-by-step.

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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