14 Plants You Should Never Grow Side-By-Side
Companion planting is growing crops that are natural allies side-by-side. It’s a tradition based on many years of observations by dedicated gardeners, though in a few cases science backs up the practice, too. But what about plants that are natural enemies in the vegetable garden?
Here are 7 combinations companion planters say don’t do well together.
Onions + Peas
You should never plant members of the onion family, including shallots and garlic together with peas. It is believed that thee onions can stunt peas’ (and beans’) growth.
Potatoes + Tomatoes
Growing tomatoes and potatoes together means trouble. They’re attacked by the same blights, so when next to each other, the diseases spread more easily.
Peppers + Beans
Peppers and beans are both susceptible to anthracnose, so if one gets it, they’ll both be infected if you plant them side-by-side. Their fruits will be ruined with dark and soft spots on them.
Carrots + Dill
Dill and carrots are traditionally cast as enemies, though no scientific research yet supports this observation by gardeners.
Cabbage + Grapes
Sowing cabbage seeds near grape vines spells trouble for your homemade wine.Gardeners have noticed this adverse effect some 2,000 years ago. Can you believe it?
Black Walnuts + Tomatoes
Black walnut trees are known for being bad neighbors. In fact, the trees’ roots emit a chemical called juglone, which appears to be toxic to many deep-rooted plants that grow nearby, such as tomatoes.
Lettuce + Broccoli
Lettuce is sensitive to chemicals found in residues left behind by broccoli plants. There is a possibility that if you sow lettuce near broccoli, may hinder seed germination and growth.
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