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Tomatoes Hate Cucumbers: Secrets of Companion Planting + Popular Planting Combinations

Although they go great together in various salads, tomato plants actually hate growing close to members of the cucurbit family, including cucumbers. On the other hand, tomatoes love basil and carrots, meaning that planting them together actually makes them grow fiercely.

As for the cucumbers, they are annual plants which thrive in zones 4 and warmer climates. Being a full-sun plant, the humble cucumber requires slightly acidic soil and well-drained soil in addition to regular water and nutrients. When adding cucumbers to your garden, it is very important to consider companion planting.  There are plants that have a negative influence on cucumber growth and taste, so they shouldn’t be planted in the same bed near them.

Companion planting is a practice of organizing your garden in a way to support beneficial plant relationships. As discussed earlier, when planted in the same beds, some plants have working relationships. On the other hand, some plants have antagonistic relationships, so they shouldn’t be planted near one another. Companion plants improve each other`s flavor, improve health, encourage growth, repel pests, and attract beneficial insects. Antagonistic ones do the opposite. However, this doesn’t mean that avoiding antagonistic plants and choosing companion ones is the exact science, as many environmental factors, soil conditions, and climate play an important role.

It is a good idea to interplant flowers with your veggies, especially nasturtiums and marigolds. These flowers attract and feed beneficial insects, which in turn helps increase the fruit-set of cucumbers, tomatoes, pears, squashes, and other veggies. Nasturtiums are edible flowers which go great in salads. They are very nutritious as well and their root used to be a staple crop in many American regions.

Ultimately, note that peppers and beans don’t share root space well, nor do tomatoes and potatoes, which are both members of the nightshade family. Lettuces don’t like being next to broccoli, and peas prefer being away from onions.

Here is a list of plants that grow well together as garden friends. Check them out!

BEANS

Friend                                                   Foe
  • Beets                                              Garlic
  • Broccoli                                         Peppers
  • Cabbage                                        Onions
  • Carrots                                          Sunflowers
  • Corn
  • Tomatoes
  • Celery
  • Peas
  • Strawberries
  • Squash
  • Eggplant
  • Radishes
  • Cauliflower

CORN

Friend                                                 Foe
  • Lettuce                                         Tomatoes
  • Melons
  • Sunflowers
  • Cucumbers
  • Beans
  • Squash
  • Peas

ONIONS

Friend                                                  Foe
  • Tomatoes                                       Sage
  • Spinach                                          Peas
  • Cabbage                                         Beans
  • Lettuce
  • Potatoes
  • Beets
  • Carrots
  • Broccoli

CUCUMBERS

Friend                                                  Foe
  • Sunflowers                                     Melons
  • Radishes                                         Potatoes
  • Corn                                                Aromatic herbs
  • Lettuce
  • Beans
  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower

PEPPERS

Friend                                                Foe
  • Coriander                                      Beans
  • Onions                                           Kohlrabi
  • Basil
  • Spinach
  • Tomatoes

CABBAGE

Friend                                                Foe
  • Thyme                                           Broccoli
  • Dill                                                 Tomatoes
  • Kale                                               Strawberries
  • Beans                                            Cauliflower
  • Celery
  • Cucumbers
  • Spinach
  • Potatoes
  • Lettuce
  • Onions

LETTUCE

Friend                                                    Foe
  • Tomatoes                                         Broccoli
  • Asparagus
  • Radishes
  • Spinach
  • Sunflowers
  • Onions
  • Eggplant
  • Cucumbers
  • Corn
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Beets
  • Strawberries

TOMATOES

Friend                                                 Foe
  • Borage                                        Broccoli
  • Basil                                            Kale
  • Asparagus                                  Corn
  • Onions                                        Brussels sprouts
  • Melons                                        Cabbage
  • Dill                                               Cauliflower
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Lettuce

CARROTS

Friend                                                    Foe
  • Peas                                                    Dill
  • Onions                                               Parsley
  • Sage                                                    Anise
  • Beans
  • Lettuce
  • Rosemary
  • Radishes

Sources:

https://thehomestead.guru/companion-planting-2/

http://homeguides.sfgate.com/not-plant-near-cucumbers-33318.html

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