Design Your Dream Garden!

1. Think of a theme for your garden

Possible ideas: pizza garden (all the veggies to make pizza), pollinator garden (plants that attract specific pollinators), rainbow garden (shape and colors), labyrinth garden (the beds/paths arranged in a labyrinth), purple garden (different veggies that are all purple), space garden (what would you want with you to eat in space), three sisters garden (corn, beans, squash), native plant garden.

2.Take a look at the Companion Planting Visual Below to make sure your plants are next to their friends

Also think about other needs of your plants, such as the amount of light and water they receive and the amount of space they require. Your plants will be happiest if they are in the company of other plants that have similar needs for light and water, and different needs for space so they don't crowd each other.

3. Draw Your Garden

Draw your garden beds and fill them in with your plants! Imagine how you'd like to walk through your garden, what shapes you might want your beds to be. Do you want a comfy place to sit? A body of water? Special spots for bugs and animals?

4. Name Your Garden!

The final, and sometimes the toughest, step!

Companion Planting Guide

Based on The Vegetable Gardener’s Bible by Edward C. Smith

Plant Garden Friends Garden Adversaries

Asparagus

Basil, nasturtium, parsley, tomato

Garlic, onion

Bean, bush

Beet, cabbage, carrot, cauliflower, celeriac, celery, chard, corn, cucumber, eggplant, leek, marigold, parsnip, pea, potato, radish, rosemary, strawberry, sunflower

Basil, fennel, kohlrabi, onion family

Bean, pole

Carrot, cauliflower, chard, corn, cucumber, eggplant, marigold, pea, potato, rosemary, strawberry

Basil, beet, cabbage, fennel, kohlrabi, onion family, radish, sunflower

Beet

Bush bean, cabbage family, corn, leek, lettuce, onion, radish

Mustard, pole bean

Broccoli

Beet, bush bean, carrot, celery, chard, cucumber, dill, kale, lettuce, mint, nasturtium, onion family, oregano, potato, rosemary, sage, spinach, tomato

Pole and snap beans, strawberry

Brussels sprout

Beet, bush bean, carrot, celery, cucumber, lettuce, nasturtium, onion family, pea, potato, radish, spinach, tomato

Kohlrabi, pole bean, strawberry

Cabbage

Beet, bush bean, carrot, celery, cucumber, dill, kale, lettuce, mint, nasturtium, onion family, potato, rosemary, sage, spinach, thyme, tomato

Pole bean, strawberry

Cantaloupe

Corn

Potato

Carrot

Bean, brussels sprout, cabbage, chive, leaf lettuce, leek, onion, pea, pepper, red radish, rosemary, sage, tomato

Celery, dill, parsnip

Cauliflower

Beet, bush bean, carrot, celery, cucumber, dill, kale, lettuce, mint, nasturtium, onion family, potato, rosemary, sage, spinach, tomato

Pole bean, strawberry

Celery

Bush bean, cabbage family (especially cauliflower), leek, parsley, pea, tomato

Carrot, parsnip

Corn

Beet, bush bean, cabbage, cantaloupe, cucumber, morning glory, parsley, pumpkin, squash

Tomato

Cucumber

Bush bean, cabbage family, corn, dill, eggplant, lettuce, nasturtium, pea, radish, sunflower, tomato

Potato, sage

Eggplant

Bush bean, pea, pepper, potato

None

Kale

Beet, bush bean, cabbage, celery, cucumber, lettuce, nasturtium, onion, potato, spinach, tomato

Pole bean

Kohlrabi

Beet, bush bean, celery, cucumber, lettuce, nasturtium, onion, potato, tomato

Pole bean

Leek

Beet, bush bean, carrot, celeriac, celery, onion, parsley, tomato

Bean, pea

Lettuce

Everything, especially carrot, garlic, onion family, radish

None

Onion family

Beet, cabbage family, carrot, kohlrabi, leek, early lettuce, parsnip, pepper, spinach, strawberry, tomato, turnip

Asparagus, bean, pea, sage

Parsley

Asparagus, corn, tomato

None

Parsnip

Bush bean, garlic, onion, pea, pepper, potato, radish

Caraway, carrot, celery

Pea

Bean, carrot, celery, chicory, corn, cucumber, eggplant, parsley, radish, spinach, strawberry, sweet pepper, turnip

Onion family

Pepper

Carrot, eggplant, onion, parsnip, pea, tomato

Fennel, kohlrabi

Potato

Bush bean, cabbage family, corn, eggplant, marigold, parsnip, pea

Cucumber, pumpkin, raspberry, rutabaga, squash family, sunflower, tomato, turnip

Pumpkin

Corn, eggplant, nasturtium, radish

Potato

Radish

Bean, beat, cabbage family, carrot, chervil, corn, cucumber, leaf lettuce, melon, nasturtium, parsnip, pea, spinach, squash family, sweet potato, tomato

Hyssop

Rutabaga

Nasturtium, onion family, pea

Potato

Spinach

Cabbage family, celery, legumes, lettuce, onion, pea, radish, strawberry

Potato

Squash

Celeriac, celery, corn, dill, melon, nasturtium, onion, radish

Potato

Strawberry

Bean, borage, lettuce, onion, pea, spinach

Cabbage family

Tomato

Asparagus, basil, bee balm, bush bean, cabbage family, carrot, celery, chive, cucumber, garlic, head lettuce, marigold, mint, nasturtium, onion, parsley, pepper, marigold

Dill, fennel, pole bean, potato

Turnip

Onion family, pea

Potato

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