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Getting fresh horseradish straight from the garden is great. But if you have started growing horseradish in your garden you might be wondering what grows well with horseradish? Using companion planting in the garden can benefit many crops, including horseradish. In this article, we go over what are good companion plants for horseradish and what not to grow with horseradish.
Using horseradish as a companion plant can help deter harmful pests like potato beetles, aphids, whiteflies, and others. Horseradish can also keep away small rodents like moles. So it can be a powerful companion plant for some crops in the garden to help keep them from falling victim to an infestation of these bugs.
When using horseradish as a companion crop it is usually best practice to keep the horseradish in a container near the companion crop. Horseradish is one of those crops that can spread easily and rapidly. It can even spread if just a small piece of the root is left behind in the ground after harvest.
Good Companion Plants For Horseradish
- Fruit Trees
- Sweet Potatoes
Asparagus is a good companion plant for horseradish, like most companion crops with horseradish asparagus gains the benefit from horseradish repelling bugs.
Grapes and Fruit Trees benefit from horseradish’s natural pest deterrent abilities for rodents and insects.
Sweet Potatoes and Potatoes make a great companion plant for horseradish. Horseradish can deter many of the insects that can harm potato plants like potato bugs and potato beetles. Find other companion crops for potatoes here.
Strawberries can be very susceptible to pests and insects. Having horseradish near growing strawberries can help keep away these harmful pests.
What Not To Grow With Horseradish
- Brussels Sprouts
Brassica Family Crops: With Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Kale, and Turnips (or any crop in the Brassica family), once you harvest them the pests that they attract tend to move to horseradish if it’s nearby. So it is best to avoid these as a companion crop to horseradish.
Frequently Asked Questions About Horseradish Companion Plants
Rhubarb and horseradish make a good companion crop combination. When planting rhubarb near horseradish you don’t want to plant them too close together as horseradish does need room for its roots to spread in the soil.
It is best to plant your horseradish in a location that gets full sunlight and has well-draining soil that is rich in nutrients. It does not do well in very shady areas that have wet soil most of the time. It can spread quickly so be mindful of what you are planting it near as it can overtake other crops in the garden.