Planting in pairs allows Each plant to bring something different to the garden, and a few even turn out to be the best of friends and/or neighbors. Check out this list of plants that you should be planting together and the reasons for their pairings.
Catnip + Collards The essential oil found in the leaves of catnip is said to repel mosquitos as well as cockroaches, small rodents, and flea beetles (which are notorious for terrorizing collard crops).
Marigolds + Melons Marigolds are thought to repel a variety of pests, including bugs and beetles that prey on melons and other garden fruits and vegetables. They’re also known to repel root-knot nematodes (Meloidogyne sp.) that are found in the soil and can be harmful to your harvest.
Nasturtiums + Cucumbers It’s said that nasturtiums repel pests including the cucumber beetle, but they also invite in beneficial garden visitors, such as spiders and other species of beetles, that then prey on harmful garden pests.
Zinnias + Cauliflower Zinnias lure beneficial insects (i.e. ladybugs) into the garden. When they arrive, ladybugs will prey on the garden pests, beetles, and flies that are harmful to your vegetables, including cauliflower and broccoli plants.
Roses + Geraniums Geraniums deter Japanese beetles and aphids from invading the garden and your rose bushes. They also repel several other species of pests known to damage roses.
Sunflowers + Lettuce Lettuce thrives with a bit of shade, and tall, towering sunflowers can provide a welcome shadow when planted near low-growers like lettuce and other related veggies.
Peppermint + Broccoli Peppermint repels unwanted insects in the garden, including aphids, flea beetles, and assorted species of flies, which can do harm to a broccoli crop
Roses + Garlic Roses and garlic have long been planted together in the garden. The garlic acts as a deterrent for pests that like to take up residence in rose bushes.
Strawberries + Onions It’s said that the strong smell of onions will deter the pests that love to feed on sweet strawberries in the garden, which is why these two are often planted together. Onions and other members of the allium family are known to repel various vegetable pests too.