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Broccoli is a great vegetable to grow in your garden. It’s a cool-weather crop and if you are planning on growing broccoli you may wonder what plants grow well with broccoli? In this article, we go over the companion plants for broccoli and what you should not plant with broccoli.
Using companion planting for broccoli in your garden can help keep unwanted insects and pests away, attract beneficial insects like pollinators, and make sure the nutrients growing broccoli needs is left in the soil. This will help you get a better tasting and bigger harvest of broccoli from your home garden.
Good Companion Plants for Broccoli (What To Plant With Broccoli)
- Coneflower (Echinacea)
Beets will add magnesium to the soil, which broccoli needs in addition to calcium.
Celery will help improve the flavor of your growing broccoli. Celery will also help deter the white cabbage moth away from broccoli growing nearby.
Chamomile helps the flavor of broccoli when used as a companion plant for broccoli. Chamomile will also attract pollinators to the garden, which benefits everything growing in your garden. Find other crops to plant with chamomile here.
Coneflowers attract plenty of pollinators to the garden. Find other good companion crops for coneflowers here.
Lettuce and Spinach: The leaves of broccoli will help provide shade for lettuce and spinach growing. This can prevent unwanted bolting of the lettuce and spinach.
Onions and Potatoes, like celery, will help the flavor of broccoli. It can also help keep unwanted pests away from your broccoli crop. Find companion plants for potatoes in the garden here.
Parsley attracts parasitic wasps that prey on pests such as cabbage worms. Find other companion plants for parsley here.
Sage, Thyme, and Mint will help repel various insects and pests.
Rosemary, and Geraniums help repel cabbage worms, which can affect broccoli, along with cabbage, cauliflower and brussels sprouts.
Radishes benefit from the shade provided by broccoli. Find other companion plants for radishes here.
Rhubarb deters cabbage worms, white-flies, and other pests that like to eat leaves. You will want to plant these at least one foot away from broccoli. Find other companion crops for rhubarb here.
Marigolds and Nasturtiums will help control pests getting to your broccoli crop. Also they don’t require much calcium from the soil, leaving it available for your broccoli.
What Not To Plant With Broccoli
- Bok Choy
Beans: While adding nitrogen to the soil benefits many growing crops in the garden, it can be too much for broccoli. Find out what to plant with green beans here.
Carrots can take up too much calcium, leaving your broccoli deficient in the essential nutrient needed for it’s growth.
Corn, Strawberries, Tomatoes, and Peppers are all heavy feeders and can cause issue with growing broccoli getting the nutrients it needs to grow well.
Dill should be planted a good distance from broccoli. Dill attracts cabbage worms, by planting it away from your broccoli you can lure these problem pests away from your growing broccoli in the garden.
Eggplant can negatively affect the growth and flavor of broccoli. Find what to plant with eggplant here.
Cauliflower, Kale, Cabbage, and Brussels Sprouts all attract the same types of pests that can harm broccoli. It is best to keep these crops separate to avoid losing all of them to an infestation of something like cabbage worms.
Grapes can affect broccoli crops negatively.
Horseradish does not do well when planted near Broccoli. Once the broccoli is harvested the pests that are attracted to broccoli tend to move to horseradish, causing issues with your horseradish harvest. Find out what to plant with horseradish here.
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Frequently Asked Questions About Companion Planting and Broccoli
No, you should not plant Bok Choy and Broccoli together. Since these are both in the Brassica family they should be planted in a different area of the garden away from each other. This will prevent them from competing for nutrients and it will also prevent a loss of both crops in case of an infestation or disease that they can both be subject to.
No, broccoli and carrots should not be planted near each other. Both compete for calcium in the soil and many times if planted next to each other the broccoli will be calcium deficient.