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 Plant||Why is it good?|
|Kale||Improves efficiency of the growth project.|
|Cabbage||Makes space use more efficient.|
|Broccoli||Improves efficiency of the growth project.|
|Cauliflower||Improves efficiency of the growth project.|
|Brussels Sprouts||Makes space use more efficient.|
|Potatoes||Loosen the soil.|
|Carrots||Loosen the soil.|
|Tomatoes||Attract beneficial insects.|
|Eggplants||Keep away pests.|
|Spinach||Ground cover to keep the soil moist.|
|Dill||Improves the flavor of garlic.|
|Chamomile||Improves the flavor of garlic.|
|Mint||Improves the flavor of garlic.|
|Rue||Keeps away maggots and other pests.|
|Rosemary||Keeps away pests.|
|Basil||Attracts pollinators and keeps away pests.|
Bad Garlic Companion Plants
|Companion Plant||Why is it bad?|
|Corn||Takes away too much sun.|
|Beans||Inhibit the growth of garlic.|
|Peas||Inhibit the growth of garlic.|
|Sage||Slows down the growth of garlic.|
|Fennel||Slows down the growth of garlic.|
|Parsley||Slows down the growth of garlic.|
|Pumpkins||Heavy feeders that take away nutrients from garlic.|
|Melons||Heavy feeders that take away nutrients from garlic.|
Best & Worst Garlic Companion Plants – Summary List
|Best Companion Plants||Worst Companion Plants|
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.