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.
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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 Plant||Why is it good?|
|Lettuce||Good ground cover to keep the soil moist.|
|Radish||Loosens the soil.|
|Onions||Can improve the flavor of your broccoli.|
|Garlic||Keeps away pests.|
|Potatoes||Loosen the soil.|
|Celery||Can improve the flavor of your broccoli.|
|Dill||Keeps away pests.|
|Mint||Improves the flavor of broccoli.|
|Basil||Improves flavor and deters pests.|
|Thyme||Keeps away pests.|
|Rosemary||Keeps away pests.|
|Beets||Feeds on different nutrients.|
Bad Broccoli Companion Plants
|Companion Plant||Why is it bad?|
|Eggplant||Inhibits the growth of broccoli.|
|Tomatoes||Take away nutrients from the soil.|
|Mustard||Emits harmful substances to the soil.|
|Beans||Worsen soil conditions.|
|Melons||Feed on similar nutrients.|
|Asparagus||Takes away too many nutrients from the soil.|
|Pumpkins||Feed on similar nutrients.|
|Corn||Takes away too much sunlight.|
Best & Worst Broccoli Companion Plants – Summary List
|Best Companion Plants||Worst Companion Plants|
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.
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.