Planting different vegetables and flowers together can be an really easy way to get the best out of them.

HomeAdvisor helped us navigate what exactly companion planting and what to plant together.

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Why you should try companion planting

Growing certain plants in close proximity to others can help in a variety of ways.

It can improve taste, deter insects and offer shelter to smaller and more delicate plants.

Strawberries

A staple of British summer, strawberries are best planted from early spring to late summer and grown in a sunny spot.

They’re best planted with mint, borage, spinach and lettuce.

Keep them away from cabbage, cauliflower and broccoli to get the best out of your crop.

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Leeks

Leeks should be planted in a well-drained patch with plenty of sunlight.

They grow best when kept close to marigolds, carrots and onions.

Leeks don’t do well when planted alongside beans.

Carrots

To let your carrots thrive, plant them in deep, loose soil in close proximity to sage, beans and melons.

Carrots should be kept away from your celery and dill.

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Broccoli

Broccoli needs a lot of nutrition and is best off in very nutrient-heavy soil or organic nitrogen fertiliser.

Plant your broccoli with oregano, beans, rosemary and chamomile.

Keep it away from your strawberries.

Tomatoes

Growing a few different varieties of tomatoes at once is the best way to work out which is best suited to your vegetable patch.

To get the best out of them, plant them alongside basil, thyme and garlic, but keep them away from fennel, kohlrabi, potatoes and walnuts.

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Beans

 

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To get great beans, you’ll need to water them a lot. Use a water-retaining mulch and visit them with a watering can regularly.

Keep them growing well with neighbours like beetroot, cabbage, catnip and marigolds.

Make sure you don’t plant them too close to fennel, garlic, leeks or onions.

Garlic

Garlic fares best when planted with fruit trees, cabbage, tomatoes and roses.

Keep it away from your peas and beans.

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Potatoes

For great potatoes, plant them near basil, hemp, beans and marigolds.

They shouldn’t be planted too close to apples, cucumbers, raspberries and sunflowers.

Sunflowers

The trick to great sunflowers is to treat your seedlings to liquid seaweed solution.

Plant them with cucumbers and corn while keeping them a safe distance away from your potatoes.

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Cucumbers

Cucumbers can be vulnerable to frost. Wait for the soil to warm up before planting them.

When you do get around to planting them, put them in soil with beans, cabbage and radishes.

What are your tips for companion planting? Let us know in the Comments section below.