Companion Plants for Strawberries

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Growing strawberries in the garden provide you with a very tasty harvest. You can use companion planting with your strawberry plants to help improve flavor, keep harmful insects away, and attract beneficial pollinators. In this article, we go over good companion plants for strawberries and what not to plant with strawberry plants in the garden.

Good Companion Plants for Strawberries

  • Asparagus
  • Beans
  • Blueberries
  • Borage
  • Catnip
  • Chives
  • Leeks
  • Lettuce
  • Onions
  • Peach Trees
  • Peas
  • Radishes
  • Sage
  • Spinach
  • Thyme
  • Yarrow

Beans will help add nitrogen to the soil as they grow which can help increase the strawberry plant’s fruit production.

Blueberries and strawberries go well together. Strawberries don’t have to be planted each year, so this helps as a companion plant for blueberries because they won’t damage the blueberry shrub root system. Also, both types of berries like acidic soil.

Borage can help keep harmful insects away from strawberries. It can also help attract beneficial pollinators who can help increase pollination for the strawberry plants nearby.

Catnip used as a companion plant for strawberries will help keep harmful insects away.

Chives help keep away aphids and mites which strawberry plants can be susceptible to.

Garlic can help keep spider mites off your strawberry plants when used as a companion plant for strawberries.

Leeks are good to use as a companion crop for strawberries because leeks are able to repel many harmful insects and strawberry plants benefit from this greatly.

Onions, when used as a companion crop to strawberry plants can help keep pests away from your strawberries.

Sage has a strong odor that helps keep pests away. Sage will also help give strawberries better flavor when grown nearby as a companion crop.

Spinach can add anti-fungal and antibacterial properties to the area where it grows, this can help growing strawberries. Another way that spinach makes a good companion plant for strawberry plants is that it will not compete for the same nutrients in the soil. And strawberry plants can benefit from shade from the spinach leaves when growing near spinach.

Thyme helps deter parasitic worms that can harm strawberry plants.

Yarrow is another herb that can help bring in beneficial pollinators to your garden.

What Not To Plant With Strawberry Plants

  • Bok Choy
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Eggplant
  • Kale
  • Melons
  • Mint
  • Okra
  • Peppers
  • Potatoes
  • Roses
  • Tomatoes

Broccoli competes too much for the same nutrients as strawberries, which are another heavy feeder.

Kale shares an attraction of the same pests that can harm strawberries. It can also inhibit the growth of your kale if you use kale as a companion crop for strawberries. Find crops to plant with kale here.

Cauliflower as a companion plant with strawberries (along with other members of the Brassica Family) is not a good combo because strawberry plants attract slugs. Slugs are not good for growing cauliflower. Another reason not to plant cauliflower and strawberry plants together is that strawberry plants can cause issues with the growth of cauliflower nearby.

Eggplant, Tomatoes, Potatoes, Melons, Peppers, Mint, and Okra can all contribute to strawberry plants getting verticillium.

Good Companion Plants for Strawberries and What Not to Plant with Strawberries

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