Good & Bad Garlic Companion Plants

You think about growing garlic in your garden or on your balcony and wonder what plants to grow with garlic? Great!

I will show you the best and worst garlic companion plants in the following chapters so that you get a better idea of what plants you should grow with garlic and which ones you should avoid at all costs.

Why do I need Companion Plants for growing Garlic?

While it is indeed possible to grow garlic alone, you will just miss out on many positive effects good companion plants can have on the growth behavior and on the yields of your garlic plants.

Among others, good companion plants loosen the soil, keep it moist, add beneficial components, keep away pests and attract pollinators and other beneficial insects.

While good companion plants can have those beneficial effects on garlic, bad companion plants do exactly the opposite.

Thus, it is crucial that you have a look at the following tables to figure out all the good garlic companion plants and also to learn why they are beneficial for garlic.

Good Garlic Companion Plants

Companion PlantWhy is it good?
KaleImproves efficiency of the growth project.
CabbageMakes space use more efficient.
BroccoliImproves efficiency of the growth project.
CauliflowerImproves efficiency of the growth project.
Brussels SproutsMakes space use more efficient.
PotatoesLoosen the soil.
CarrotsLoosen the soil.
TomatoesAttract beneficial insects.
EggplantsKeep away pests.
SpinachGround cover to keep the soil moist.
BeetsDeter pests.
DillImproves the flavor of garlic.
PeppersProvide shade.
ChamomileImproves the flavor of garlic.
MintImproves the flavor of garlic.
RueKeeps away maggots and other pests.
YarrowDeters pests.
RosemaryKeeps away pests.
BasilAttracts pollinators and keeps away pests.

Bad Garlic Companion Plants

Companion PlantWhy is it bad?
CornTakes away too much sun.
BeansInhibit the growth of garlic.
PeasInhibit the growth of garlic.
AsparagusAttracts pests.
HyssopAttracts pests.
SageSlows down the growth of garlic.
FennelSlows down the growth of garlic.
ParsleySlows down the growth of garlic.
PumpkinsHeavy feeders that take away nutrients from garlic.
MelonsHeavy feeders that take away nutrients from garlic.

Best & Worst Garlic Companion Plants – Summary List

Best Companion PlantsWorst Companion Plants
Brussels SproutsBeans

What should you plant with Garlic?

You should plant garlic with spinach, eggplants, potatoes, tomatoes, rue, rosemary, basil, dill, spinach, carrots, beets, kale, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflowers, sprouts, peppers, yarrow and mint.

Never grow garlic with melons, pumpkins, corn, fennel, hyssop, sage, beans, peas, asparagus or parsley.

You want to learn more about growing garlic in general? Make sure to also check out my grower’s guide on how to grow garlic 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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