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I absolutely love chives in the garden. They are some of the first plants to get blooms that are a beautiful purple and the bees love them in the early spring. And they are a perennial, so no need to keep planting year after year.
The other great thing about having chives in the garden is that they can benefit many other crops when using them in companion planting. Chives are known for their ability to repel harmful insects that can cause issues in other crops in the garden.
In this article, we go over what are good companion plants for chives and what you should not plant with chives in the garden.
Good Companion Plants for Chives
- Apple Trees
- Bell Peppers and Hot Peppers
Apple Trees benefit from chives being planted near them because can help prevent apple scab and they also deter apple tree borers.
Bell Peppers and Hot Peppers do well when planted near chives due to chives’ ability to repel aphids, slugs, and more bugs that pepper plants are susceptible to.
Broccoli and Cauliflower both benefit from the insect repelling abilities chives provide when planted nearby.
Carrots are known to be a good companion crop with chives because they are said to have improved flavor when planted near chives in the garden.
Celery does well when planted with chives because it benefits from the insect repelling that chives will provide. Also, celery and chives go great together in the garden because chives help give celery a sweeter taste when planted together.
Cucumbers do well planted together with chives due to chives repelling cucumber beetles.
Dill benefits from chives being planted near it because chives repel aphids which dill is known for attracting.
Grapes benefit from chives repelling insects and attracting
Kale and Lettuce benefit from chives being planted as a border around them because they will help keep aphids, moths, flea beetles, and mites from infiltrating your lettuce and kale by acting as a barrier.
Strawberries are a great companion crop for chives because strawberry plants benefit from chives repelling harmful insects like aphids.
Tomatoes are another companion crop that can benefit from the insect repelling abilities of chives.
What Not to Plant with Chives
Asparagus and Beans can have their growth stunted by chives.
Rosemary, Thyme, and Oregano have watering requirements that don’t match what chives need to thrive. This can cause issues if both crops are planted near each other.
Peas can have their growth stunted by chives or any member of the Allium family.
Spinach has a harder time growing if planted near chives.