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Beets are a cool-season crop that can be planted in the early spring. It has many other cool-season crops that it grows well with and can be used in companion planting. Using companion plants with beets can help you gain benefits such as pest repellants and added soil nutrients from other crops. In this article, we will go over what are good companion plants for beets and what you should not plant with beets in your home garden.
Good Companion Plants for Beets
- Bell Peppers
- Bok Choy
- Brussels Sprouts
- Bush Beans
Basil helps keep harmful pests away from the greens of growing beets.
Broccoli and Brussels Sprouts make good companion plants for beets because beets help add magnesium to the soil they are in. Broccoli and Brussels Sprouts grow better with the added magnesium.
Bush Beans benefit from the nutrients beets leave in the soil.
Catnip helps keep flea beetles away from beets if grown nearby.
Garlic not only helps with repelling pests but it also can help improve the flavor and growth of beets when used as a companion plant.
Kale and Lettuce can be a great space-saving companion crops when planted with beets.
Mint is good to grow near beets because it can help repel cabbage moths, flea beetles, rodents, and other pests. It is best to keep your mint in a container instead of planting it in the ground because it can easily overtake any area it’s planted in. Find other crops that grow well with mint here.
Onions are a good choice for a companion crop (along with other members of the allium family) for beets due to the amplification of pest deterring abilities of onions when planted with beets. Alliums can help repel pests such as Japanese Beetles, snails, moles, and more.
Rosemary is another bug-repelling herb that grows well with beets.
What not to Plant with Beets in Your Garden
- Pole Beans
- Field Mustard
- Swiss Chard
Pole Beans can have their growth stunted if beets are growing near them.
Pumpkins have a shallow root system. If you plant beets near this root system then once you harvest the beets you can cause damage to the pumpkins. Find good companion crops to plant with pumpkins here.
Swiss Chard should be planted away from beets as it is in the same family as Swiss Chard. When planting two crops of the same family together it can cause issues with attracting too many harmful pests and both crops are susceptible to the same diseases.
Frequently Asked Questions About Beet Companion Plants
Yes, beets can be planted around tomato plants. Beets can benefit from the shade that tomato plants will provide since beets do not like to grow when it is very hot.
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