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Garlic is great to use in companion planting. It helps repel pests due to its smell. Garlic also has sulfur in its bulb and this helps keep away fungi that can live in the soil. Another great benefit of using garlic as a companion plant is that it attracts beneficial insects that can help control the population of unwanted and harmful insects, like the Japanese Beetle. In this article, we go over what are good companion plants for garlic and what not to plant with garlic.
Good Companion Plants for Garlic
- Brussels Sprouts
- Fruit Trees
Broccoli can be used as a companion plant for garlic if you are not planting your garlic with tomatoes.
Cabbage can benefit from garlic as a companion plant due to garlic repelling cabbage loopers, diamondback moths, cabbage moths, and cabbage worms. In addition to keeping away insects that can harm the cabbage, garlic can also help keep other pests like deer, rabbits and squirrels away from cabbage.
Brussels Sprouts can benefit as a companion crop for garlic for the same reasons as cabbage. Garlic’s ability to repel many harmful insects is very beneficial to Brussels sprouts.
Celery can be used as a companion plant with garlic because the garlic helps make celery that is growing nearby have a sweeter taste. Garlic will also help keep away unwanted pests from your celery.
Cauliflower can be used as a companion plant for garlic as a space saver for small gardens and also the garlic will help keep pests and harmful insects away from your cauliflower crop. Find out what else to plant with cauliflower here.
Chamomile is a good companion plant because it can help improve the growth of your garlic.
Fruit Trees such as Peach Trees can benefit from garlic’s anti-fungal properties. They will also benefit from garlic keeping away aphids, mites, and some beetles.
Peppers are another garden crop that can benefit from garlic’s anit-fungal properties.
Potatoes benefit from the fungicide like properties that garlic has. You can also create a garlic spray to use on your potato plants themselves.
Rhubarb is a good companion plant for garlic because garlic can help keep weevils and leaf beetles away from nearby rhubarb.
Roses benefit from garlic keeping away many pests that can harm your roses.
Spinach, Lettuce, and Arugula can provide ground cover, which will keep weeds from overtaking your growing garlic. It’s also a space saving companion plant for garlic. Planting garlic and spinach together is a great idea for square foot gardens or very small gardens.
Strawberries can be susceptible to spider mites, garlic helps keep these harmful insects away.
Tomatoes benefit from garlic keeping harmful insects away.
Yarrow is another companion crop for garlic that can help improve it’s growth.
What Not To Plant With Garlic In The Garden
Asparagus, Beans, Parsley, and Sage can all have their growth stunted by garlic if used as a companion plant.
Peas, when used as a companion plant, have been shown to reduce the yield of the garlic growing nearby according to this study.
Find Other Companion Crops for these Plants:
- Companion Plants for Asparagus
- Companion Plants for Green Beans
- Companion Plants for Parsley
- Companion Plants for Peas
- Companion Plants for Sage
Frequently Asked Questions About Companion Plants For Garlic
Winter squash or pumpkins can be a good crop to plant after harvesting your garlic. Other crops are tomatoes, peppers, or bok choy. Just make sure not to plant onions or beans in the area where you harvested your garlic.
Onions and garlic can be planted together. Both are ready to harvest around the same time, and both repel plenty of unwanted pests and insects. Be careful though with planting all of your onions and garlic together, as onion maggots can travel easily from plant to plant. If you end up with an infestation of onion maggots and all of your onions and garlic are planted together this could result in a total loss of both crops.
Cucumbers do not do well with other crops that have a pungent smell. It is best to keep cucumbers and garlic in separate areas of your garden.