Companion planting with your potatoes can assist your plants expand far better, taste far better, as well as have less troubles with pests. So exactly how does companion growing job? What can you expand with your potatoes as well as what should be maintained away?
To begin with, potatoes are a member of the nightshade household. Other nightshades include tomatoes, eggplants, and peppers.
Potatoes are my preferred crop. They are incredibly easy to grow, it’s simple to expand a lots of them, and they taste great with virtually any kind of meal.
Companion growing with potatoes is another means to enhance your yields and also prevent potential illness and parasites that could strike your taters before they strike your plate.
In an initiative to maintain companion growing simple, right here’s a list of plants that do well with potatoes.
Marigolds. These flowers virtually agree everything. And also, they give some protection for parasites.
Beans. Beans mature, potatoes grow down … that’s what makes the globe go round. Potatoes aid beans out as well by deterring bugs.
Cabbage. Anything in the cabbage family succeeds alongside potatoes and also vice versa.
Peas. Peas provide nitrogen to the dirt, like beans. Potatoes like good abundant dirt. Though, reality be told, they will certainly expand in practically anything.
Eggplant. Eggplant is among those crops you either like or you don’t. If you do, potatoes and eggplants do well together.
Basil. Basil helps ward off potato beetles.
Horseradish. Not only does horseradish discourage some parasites, it additionally assists the taters expand far better. It’s win-win.
Lettuce, spinach, and other leafy greens. Potatoes occupy quite a bit of realty. Leafy vegetables can be grown in between potatoes and also harvested before they are ready. They potato leaves give some color in the warmer months, and you can get the most out of your garden area.
Coriander as well as catnip are additionally rumored to assist hinder the potato beetle.
Additionally, while the above listing make potatoes delighted, make certain to avoid planting potatoes near: tomatoes, cucumbers, turnips, pumpkins, squash, sunflowers, rutabagas, as well as raspberries. They can slow potato growth and/or make potatoes extra prone to affliction.
What to Prevent Growing With Potatoes
Potatoes are a bit extra choosy when it comes to good companions. Not only can several plants have negative results on the development as well as development of the potato bulbs, yet potatoes can have negative results on the various other plants also. Right here’s a list of some plants you must avoid potatoes.
Carrots: Carrots, and also other bigger root plants such as onions as well as turnips, can impact the growth of your potatoes.
Asparagus: Asparagus can stunt the development of your potatoes- so maintain your long-term asparagus bed in another location of the yard.
Squash as well as Pumpkins (consisting of zucchini): Squashes can make potatoes much more prone to blight (as well as potatoes can have the same result on them!) If you do end up with blight, look into my short article on stopping as well as controlling blight.
Cucumber: Like with squashes curse can be a problem if you companion plant cucumber with potatoes.
Melons: Are you seeing a fad? Squash, cucumber, and melons are all cucurbits- and none of them ought to be grown with potatoes.
Tomatoes: Growing tomatoes as well as potatoes with each other is a bad suggestions. Potatoes and tomatoes compete for the same nutrients in the dirt. Planting them together also makes both crops more prone to affliction.
Also don’t plant potatoes where various other nightshades have actually been planted formerly. Keep at least a 2 year turning prior to growing nightshades in the very same area again.
Sunflower: Sunflowers can stunt the growth of your potato plants and also the roots.
Various other plants to keep away from in your potato bed: celery, raspberries, fennel, onions, and also turnips.