Good & Bad Melon Companion Plants

You want to grow melons at home and want to know what plants to grow with melons? Great!

This article is for you since I will show you the best and worst melon companion plants in the following chapters so that you get a better idea of what plants you should grow with melons and what plants you should avoid at all costs and why.

Why do I need Companion Plants to grow Melons?

While it is indeed possible to grow melons without any other plants near them, it is still not advisable to do so since you would just miss out on many opportunities to make your melon growth project more efficient and you would also not be able to benefit from the positive effects good companion plants can have on your melons.

For instance, good companion plants can improve soil conditions, keep the soil moist, deter pests, attract pollinators, provide shade and can therefore improve the overall growth conditions as well as the yields of your melons.

However, don’t expect all plants to have those beneficial characteristics.

There are also plants you should never grow with melons.

Consequently, make sure to have a look at the following tables to figure out what plants you want to grow with melons and which ones you should not grow near them.

Prepare the soil!

Good Melon Companion Plants

Companion PlantWhy is it good?
Brassicas (Cabbage, Kale, etc.)Improve soil conditions.
LettuceGround cover to keep the soil moist.
SpinachGround cover to keep the soil moist.
BeansFix nitrogen in the soil.
PeasFix nitrogen in the soil.
GarlicKeeps away pests.
ShallotsDeter pests.
OnionDeter pests.
LeekDeters pests and improves soil conditions.
CarrotsLoosen the soil.
MintDeters pests and improves flavor of melons.
OreganoKeeps away pests.
LavenderKeeps away harmful bugs.
ChamomileDeters pests and attracts pollinators.
ChivesKeep away pests.
RadishLoosens the soil.
Flowers (e.g. Marigolds, Nasturtiums)Attract pollinators.

Bad Melon Companion Plants

Companion PlantWhy is it bad?
SunflowersTake away too much sunlight.
CornTake away too much sunlight.
SquashFeed on similar nutrients.
PotatoesTake away nutrients from melons.
ZucchiniFeed on similar nutrients.

Best & Worst Melon Companion Plants – Summary List

Best Companion PlantsWorst Companion Plants
CarrotsSquash
BrassicasZucchini
MintPotatoes
OnionSunflower
ShallotsCorn
Garlic
Oregano
Lavender
Flowers
Chives
Chamomile
Radishes
Leeks
Spinach
Lettuce
Peas
Beans

What should you plant with Melons?

You should grow melons with peas, beans, spinach, lettuce, radish, brassicas, chives, onions, garlic, shallots, mint, chamomile, oregano, lavender, carrots, leeks or flowers that attract pollinators.

You should not grow melons with corn, sunflowers, squash, zucchinis or potatoes.

If you want to learn more about growing melons, make sure to also check out my grower’s guide on how to grow melons 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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