When starting a fall vegetable garden remember to select your seeds that will grow in your cottagecore garden. This image shows seedlings in their starter pots besie a trowel, grass and watering can to show someone is preparing to transfer their seeds to the ground.

Fall Companion Plants

Growing mutually beneficial plants:

Growing plants in your vegetable garden is best done with companion planting. Companion planting is a method of gardening where you strategically place plants together whose growing habits and environment are beneficial to both plants. We’ll dive into fall companion plants in this post.

Sometimes you have a plant that attracts beneficial pollinators to both plants or you may have a plant that adds more nitrogen into the soil as it grows which helps its heavy feeding neighbor plant. Understanding plant relationships can help you create a thriving vegetable garden.


What is a companion plant?

Companion plants are plants that can be grown together because they have mutually beneficial behaviors that improve the growing experience for both. One plant can repel a type of pest for another while the other may provide more nitrogen to the soil for it’s heavy feeding neighbor plant. In this blog post we are talking specifically about fall companion plants so you can plant them together during this season.

Where do you put companion plants?

You can add the companion plant right in your garden beside the desired vegetable plant. They can grow together in the same space. Proximity is key. If you don’t want them to be in the same garden bed or plot, consider planting them in a pot or grow bag. The flexibility of movement with these container plants allows for spacing that fits your needs.

What fall companion plants can I add to my fall garden? 

Here is a quick list of popular vegetables chosen in the fall season with their companion plants. I’ve created the list in alphabetical order for ease of use and included available seeds. Be sure to cross check each vegetable because there are several companion plants that work well with many others: 

Broccoli – beets, chamomile, dill, potatoes, radishes, spinach, celery, lettuce, rosemary

Carrots – tomatoes, onions, lettuce, radish, potato, dill, chives, cabbage, marigolds, rosemary, oregano, allium

Cauliflower – radish, lettuce, onions, dill, spinach, garlic, beets, cabbage, marigolds, celery, broccoli, chives, fennel, swiss chard

Garlic – tomatoes, chives, carrots, dill, potato, lettuce, parsley, spinach, beets, broccoli, kale, yarrow

Kale – lettuce, onions, dill, radish, potato, marigolds, nasturtium, spinach, cabbage, carrots, beets

Lettuce – carrots, radish, spinach, onions, dill, beets, marigolds, asparagus, strawberry, garlic, chives, broccoli

Onions – carrots, beets, lettuce, spinach, lettuce, strawberries, chamomile, marigolds, dill, potatoes, beets

Peas – carrots, radish, potato, tomatoes, marigold, spinach, celery, chives, cilantro

Potato – radish, lettuce, marigolds, garlic, spinach, cabbage, chives, peas, cilantro, fennel, broccoli, chamomile, cauliflower, petunia

Radish – lettuce, onion, dill, carrots, spinach, oregano, calendula, peas, alliums

Spinach – peas, cabbage, cauliflower, swiss chard, onion, strawberries, lettuce, carrots

Swiss Chard – lettuce, radish, garlic, cabbage, cilantro, lavender, petunia

Record your planting progress

Once you get a rhythm of what you like to plant, it will be easier to remember which plants to plant beside each other. These provided plants grow well next to each other in square gardening or as full beds dedicated to either plant. Use a garden journal to record your plant locations and progress.

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