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Monsanto Company now owns 40% of the conventional seed market in the US and 20% of the worldwide market. That includes organic and heirloom seeds.
Here is a list of independent seed companies that sell open pollinated and heirloom varieties. Many of these companies are small family businesses whose owners are dedicated to the growing and preservation of a great diversity of many old varieties. They are engaged in an ethical and healthy business with a wonderful respect for the seeds and the people growing them. Please be understanding when contacting them particularly during the busy planting and harvesting times. All of these companies strongly support and promote non-hybrid, usually organic, seed. Most are also actively involved in or are a part of a seed preservation organization. Be prepared for a much more interesting array of choices than you get from the "one-size-fits-all" sameness that usually arrives in your mailbox mid-winter.
This list was partially compiled by eatlocalgrown.com and Farmwars.info and verification by recognized leaders in the battle)

Names are in alphabetical order. Try to search for a company in your region when possible. Also, it never hurts to ask any company if they sell any Seminis seeds or seeds from Seminis’ partners.
Adaptive Seeds
All Good Things Organic (SW)
Amishland Seeds
Annie’s Heirloom Seeds
The Ark Institute
Backyard Beans and Grains Project
Baker Creek Seed Co. (MW)
Beauty Beyond Belief (BBB Seeds)
Botanical Interests
Bountiful Gardens
Crispy Farms
Diane’s Flower Seeds
Family Farmer’s Seed Co-op
Farm Direct Seed (Hobb’s Family Farm)
Fedco Seed Co.
Filaree Farm (garlic)
Fisher’s Seeds (406-388-6052)
Garden City Seeds
Gourmet Seed
Grow Organic
High Altitude Gardens
Heirlooms Evermore Seeds
Heirloom Seeds
Heirloom Solutions
High Mowing Seeds
Horizon Herbs
Hudson Valley Seed Library
Growing Crazy Acres
Ed Hume Seeds
J.L Hudson
Kitchen Garden Seeds
Knapp’s Fresh Vegies
Kusa Seed Society
Lake Valley Seeds
Landreth Seeds
Larner Seeds
The Living Seed Company
Livingston Seeds
Local Harvest
Maine Seed Saving Network (207-326-0751)
Mary's Heirloom Seeds

Moonlight Micro Farm
Mountain Rose Herbs
My Patriot Supply
Native Seeds for the Arid Southwest
Natural Gardening Company
New Hope Seed Company
Nichol’s Garden Nursery
Non Hybrid Seeds
Organica Seed
Organic Sanctuary (SE)
Old Sturbridge Village
Peace Seeds
Peaceful Valley Farm Supply
Pinetree Garden Seeds Maine
Plum Creek Seeds (725-647-3033)
Prairie Garden Seeds
Prairie Road Garden
Rare and Exotic Seeds
Renee’s Garden
Restoration Seeds
Ronnigers Potato Farm
Sand Hill Preservation Center
Sage Thymes
Seattle Seed Company
Seed Savers Exchange
Seed for Security
Seeds Trust
Select Seeds
Siskiyou Seeds (NW)
Southern Exposure
Sow True (SE)
Sustainable Seed Co
Tiny Seeds
Territorial Seed
Tomato Fest
Trees of Antiquity
Turtle Tree Seed
Underwood Garden Seeds Terrior Seeds
Uprising Seeds
Victory Seeds
Vermont Wildflower Farm
White Harvest Seed
Wild Garden Seeds
Wildseed Farms
Wood Prairie Farm (potatoes)
Canadian Seed Companies:
Annapolis Valley Heritage Seed Company
Brother Nature
Cubit’s Organics
Full Circle Seeds
Greta’s Organic Garden
Heritage Harvest Seeds (ships to Canada only)
Hope Seeds
Incredible Seeds
Richters Herbs
Salt Spring Seeds
Seeds of Victoria
Solana Seeds
Stellar Seeds
Terra Edibles
The Cottage Gardener

Garden Organic (UK)
Seed Site (Italy)
The Real Seed Catalogue (UK)

A: Some seeds are only viable in the year of purchase, and others can be kept for many years. If seeds have not been pretreated or pelletized and if they have been stored properly, here is the shelf life you can expect:
1 year: onions, parsnips, parsley, spinach
2 years: corn, peas, beans, chives, okra, dandelion
3 years: carrots, leeks, asparagus, turnips, rutabagas
4 years: peppers, chard, pumpkins, squash, watermelons, basil, artichokes
5 years: beets, tomatoes, eggplant, cucumbers, celery, lettuce, endive, chicory


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The Plantation Products Family of Brands
(Owned by Monsanto)
Plantation Products manages the most well-known seed and seed starting brands in North America. Many of these brands have been around since the mid-1800's and have been trusted by generations of gardeners. Everyone at Plantation feels a deep sense of pride and responsibility to carry on the tradition of these brands by delivering the highest quality products to gardeners.

At the urging of several consumers , we decided to post our thoughts about GMO’s (genetically modified organisms). While we do not sell GMO seeds , the issue of GMO’s can be an important one for many vegetable gardeners . Unfortunately , it is often misunderstood.
Hopefully, this information will clarify some things. One of the greatest pleasures for vegetable gardeners is the satisfaction that you have complete control over your food source. Growing vegetables from seeds requires a lot of patience, but it also requires a lot of nurturing and getting back to Mother Earth . Unlike buying produce from a store , in which consumers are completely blind to the location or manner of the food source, gardeners who grow the product themselves have complete control.
202 South Washington St
Norton, MA 02766-3326 USA
Phone#: 508-285-5800
Fax#: 508-285-7333
Gardening is a wonderful hobby that allows people to spend time outdoors, beautify their homes, spend time together, and save a lot of money. However, the concept of controlling a food source is probably the most impactful on a global , long - term scale. Going back to the produce at a store example, even if consumers understood where and how the food had been grown, many people would still feel uncomfortable with the thought of eating plants that have been bio-engineered. For most of us, we have a mental image of glowing green corn with some mad scientists in a lab creating scary strains of crops using beakers and test tubes. Indeed, this is an unusual situation and as a father, a gardener and a CEO of a company that has been selling seeds to home gardeners since 1856, I can certainly appreciate the concern from consumers. However, there are a few factors that consumers should know about the home gardening seed business and our company in particular.
Founded in 1856, Ferry-Morse Seeds have been sold continuously since shortly before the Civil War. Ferry-Morse has earned the trust and respect of seed product retailers and home gardeners across the country. With all the popular varieties, and with something new to tantalize the adventuresome every year, you'll be satisfied knowing you will always succeed with us!
The first is that we have been around for a long time and do not sell GMO seeds in any of our product lines , nor does our company plan to do so in the future . We do not feel the need to copy a few smaller seed companies by putting up signs on our retail displays because it creates an impression that other seed companies are using GMO seeds.
Since 1897, gardeners have trusted American Seed to provide the best value in the marketplace. American Seed offers high quality products with a goal of remaining affordable for consumers. We take pride in helping families across the country be able to enjoy gardening and the fresh foods that come from that garden. Where else can you buy something that grows hundreds of dollars of food for as little as $.25?

The truth of the matter is that no seed company selling seed packets for $1 - $2 t o home gardeners could ever afford seeds that have been genetically modified , nor could I imagine that any legitimate seed company would jeopardize their reputation by selling such GMO seeds to the public .
Founded in 1850, Livingston Seeds has been a staple for farm stores and independent garden centers. Currently headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, Livingston Seed has grown to be become the number one supplier of top-quality flower and vegetable seeds for independent businesses by offering a great value to consumers while providing world-class customer service to its retailers.
The second point is that there is a huge difference between genetically modified seeds through bio-engineering and hybrid seeds. Hybrid seeds are very safe and are the result of natural pollination – not unnatural gene splicing . Hybrids are created from taking the best of both attributes of two different plants in normally a very controlled environment . This process has been happening naturally since the beginning of time. For example, tall parents often have tall children . However, just like people, plants don’t always follow the rules and this is what creates an interesting world with plenty of diversity!
We are proud to be Canada's # 1 Seed Packet Company which has been serving gardeners since 1896.
A leader and innovator in the gardening industry, McKenzie Seeds offers unsurpassed quality and deep commitment to the customer. Our products are available in over 4,500 garden centers, independents and major retailers, coast to coast
The types of seeds that are in the news lately are bio-engineered crops (GMO’s) and are the source of the national debates in Washington due to their untested and unknown long term results . These are produced by large chemical companies that spend millions of dollars trying to solve problems for the professional farming market. This industry is faced with many ethical and social dilemmas , along with people who feel very passionate in both directions .
Founded in 1890, NK has been providing home & professional gardeners with a wide assortment of seed packet varieties and starter kits throughout the country. With well over 100 years of experience, NK Lawn & Garden is best known for its innovation, both in terms of vegetable varieties and its creative "first to market" starter kits.
This debate does not concern our company directly , but we feel it is important that consumers understand the whole concept of GMO’s . My suggestion is that if you want to trust a seed company, choose one that has been around for a long time that has earned the trust of millions of consumers . Then, focus on what you do to the seed once it has been planted to really control your food source.
Happy Gardening, Michael Pietrasiewicz, CEO Plantation Products
Founded in 1950, Jiffy is "the brand" trusted in seed starting. Jiffy products are used by most professional and experienced growers around the world. It is quite simply the best and most recognized seed starter name in the world.


Home Garden
For nearly 50 years, Seminis Garden has marketed innovative vegetable varieties to well-known seed retailers in North America. Each year we search the globe for new and exciting vegetables for backyard gardeners, from top-performing hybrids developed by our worldwide research network to unique heirloom varieties discovered in parts off the beaten path.



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Re: Seed smiths


Big Yummy Hybrid Tomato Seeds
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Potato Growin' Bag
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Park's All-Season Burpless Hybrid Cucumber Seeds
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Garden Sweet Burpless Cucumber Seeds
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Jersey Knight Hybrid Asparagus Plants
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Contender Hybrid Squash Seeds(P) Pkt of 20 seeds SALE $2.80

Sweet Rainbow Mix Pepper Seeds
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Enterprise Hybrid Squash Seeds
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Cherokee Purple Organic Tomato Seeds
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Tendersnax Hybrid Carrot Seeds
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Packman Hybrid Broccoli Seeds
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Summer Glory Blend Lettuce Seeds
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Early Summer Crookneck Organic Squash Seeds
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Park's Exclusive Tomato Seed Collection
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Early Girl Hybrid Tomato Seeds
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Jumbo Hybrid Cucumber Seeds
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Customer Favorites Vegetable Seed Collection
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Mascotte French Filet Bean Seeds
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Organic Nantes Carrot Seeds
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Yukon Gold Potato
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Snapper Hybrid Pepper Seeds
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Green Towers Lettuce Seeds
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Big Beef Hybrid Tomato Seeds
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Dragon's Tongue Arugula
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Shiitake Mushroom-Growing Kit
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Lacinato Kale Seeds
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Palco Hybrid Spinach Seeds
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Homemade Pickles Cucumber Seeds
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Supersweet 100 Hybrid Tomato Seeds
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Baby Cucumber Seeds
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Bright Lights Swiss Chard Seeds
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Supremo Hybrid Tomato Seeds
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Shiitake Log Spawn Plugs (100)
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Tenderstar Bean Seeds
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Vardaman Sweet Potato Plant
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Park's Whopper Hybrid Cantaloupe Seeds
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Cucumber Sweet Slice Hybrid
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Sugary Tomato Seeds
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Kennebec Potato
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obra Bean Seeds
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Todd's Seeds[HR][/HR]

Sells only non-gmo, chemical free, heirloom seeds.
Vegetable Seeds
Sprouting Seeds
Sprouting Supplies
MicrogreensHerb SeedsGardening SuppliesFlower Bulbs

Grass Seed
Flower Seeds


Beans - Broad
Beans - Bush
Beans - Lima
Beans - Pole
Beans - Runner
Brussel Sprouts

Cucumber - Slicing
Cucumber - Pickling
Cucumbers- Hybrid

Endive & Chicory
Lettuce -Blends
Lettuce -Butterhead
Lettuce - Leaf
Lettuce Romaine

Onion-Long Day

Onion-Short Day Hybrid

Pepper - Hot
Squash-Winter Hybrid
Squash-Winter O.P.

Swiss Chard
African Daisy
Aster (Callistephus Chinensis)
Baby's Breath
Bachelor Button (Centaurea Cyanus)
Bellis Perennis
Bishops Flower
Black Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta)
Butterfly Milkweed
Calendula officinalis
Candytuft (iberis aumbellata)
Chinese Forget-Me-Not
Columbine McKana's Giant Mix
Dame's Rocket
European Columbine
Gaillardia (Blanket Flower)
Gayfeather (Liatris spicata)
Linaria Maroccana (Snapdragons)
Lupine (Lupinus perennis)
Morning Glory
Mountain Phlox
New England
Purple Coneflower
Siberian Wallflower
Snapdragon Mix
Statice Mix (Limonium sinuatum)
Sunflower (Helianthus annuus)
Sweet Pea
Tidy Tips (Layia Platyglossa)
Tree Mallow (Lavatera Trimestris)
Wildflower Mixtures



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Re: Ranch notes

Stokes Seeds - Flower and Vegetable Seed
Welcome to our e-commerce web site. Stokes Seeds is a distributor of flower, vegetable, and herb seeds as well as many garden accessories to customers throughout North America. What makes Stokes Seeds unique is our focus on quality garden seed and extensive growing information. Unlike most other seed companies we sell to both home gardeners and commercial growers. This gives us the advantage that no order is too small or too big.
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We sell to commercial growers in amounts as little as $5.00 and as much as $100,000. At the same time home gardeners get the same seed and pricing that is made available to commercial growers. Yes, we have only one high quality standard for flower, vegetable and garden seed sold to professionals and hobbyist.



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Feed Store
310 Florida 16
St. Augustine, FL 32084

Putnam Feed & Farm Supply
156 Florida 20
Palatka, FL 32177
Hours of Business:
Monday to Friday: 8:00am to 6:00pm
Saturday: 7:30am to 2:00pm
Standard Feed Company
1236 Kings Road
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West Coast Seeds offers its guidelines to companion planting to you as suggestions keeping in mind, each garden is unique and all of the factors should go into consideration while planning your garden, including but not limited too sun exposure, weather, ecology, pollinators, insect population, the soil, water supply and historical plant and harvest productivity and planning as well. West Coast Seeds has significant conducted research into the companion planting guidelines and has defined the best possible results and reasons for each of our recommendations in our companion planting chart, below are a few thoughtful suggestions for you while planning your garden this year.
The benefits of Companion Planting include:
Minimizing Risk: Increases odds of higher yields even if one crop fails or you are effected by natural hardships such as weather, pests or disease, the overall yield of your plot may be increased by limiting the spread and avoiding a monoculture instead focus on polyculture or mimicing the best natural growth patterns and diversity.
Crop Protection/ Shielding: Companion Planting can offer a more delicate plant shelter from weather such as wind or sun by growing aside another plant which can shield and protect while itself having a natural defence against the harsher conditions.
Trap Cropping: Companion planting is also the ultimate organic pest management, you may keep away unwanted pests that may be attracted to one crop but repelled by the other and this will assit in protecting the otherwise attractive prey, this is referred to as trap cropping.
Positive hosting: Predator recruitment typically in planting in proximity to plants which produce a surplus of nectar and pollen you can increase the population of beneficial insects that will manage your harmful pest population for you.

Here are some basic guidelines for successful companion planting:
Agastache – Very attractive to bees. Plant a row away from the garden to lure cabbage moths away from Brassica crops. Do not plant near radishes.

Alyssum – Very attractive to pollinators, and useful as a mulch to keep weeds down between rows.

Amaranth – Plant with corn to shade the soil and retain water. Attracts predatory ground beetles.

Asparagus – Plant with asters, basil, cilantro, dill, cilantro, marigolds, nasturtiums, oregano, parsley, peppers, sage, and thyme. Asparagus repels nematodes that attack tomatoes, and tomatoes repel asparagus beetles.

Basil – Will improve vigour and flavour of tomatoes, planted side-by-side. Also good with asparagus, oregano, and peppers. Basil helps repel flies, mosquitoes, and thrips.

Broad beans – Excellent for fixing nitrogen in the soil. Avoid planting near onions.

Bush & Pole beans – All beans fix nitrogen in the soil. Plant with beets, Brassicas, carrots, celery, chard, corn, cucumber, eggplant, peas, potatoes, radish, and strawberries. Avoid planting near chives, garlic, leeks, and onions. Pole beans and beets stunt each other’s growth.

Soya beans – Good for fixing nitrogen, and acting as a mulch against weeds. Grow with corn. Soya beans repel Japanese beetles and chinch bugs.

– Beets add minerals to the soil. The greens are very good for the compost. Plant with bush beans, Brassicas, corn, garlic, kohlrabi, leeks, lettuce, and mint. Add cut mint leaves as a mulch for beets. Avoid planting beets near pole beans.

Borage – Excellent all around companion plant. Borage deters tomato hornworm and cabbage worms, and is particularly good planted near tomatoes and strawberries. Very attractive to pollinators, and excellent for the soil and compost. Borage is deer-proof.

Brassicas (broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, collards, kale, kohlrabi, turnip) – All benefit from chamomile, dill, mint, rosemary, and sage. Avoid planting near eggplants, peppers, potatoes, or tomatoes.

– Fixes calcium in the soil, and makes an exceptionally good green manure plant. Buckwheat absorbs nutrients that are not available to other plants, and can then be composted or tilled under, releasing those nutrients in accessible forms. Flowers are attractive to pollinators as well as beneficial predatory insects: hover flies, pirate bugs, tachinid flies, and lady beetles.

Calendula – Repels a number of bad nematodes in the soil, but may attract slugs. Plant with tomatoes and asparagus.

Carrots – Plant with beans, Brassicas, chives, leeks, lettuce, onions, peas, peppers, pole beans, radish, rosemary, sage, and tomatoes. Avoid planting with dill, parsnips, and potatoes. Carrots planted near tomatoes may have stunted roots, but will have exceptional flavour. Chives also benefit carrots.

Catnip – Attracts pollinators (and cats!), but repels aphids, flea beetles, Japanese beetles, ants, weevils, and squash bugs.

Celery – Good partner for beans, Brassicas, cucumber, garlic, leek, lettuce, onion, and tomatoes.

Chamomile – Attracts hoverflies and wasps. Plant near onions to improve their flavour.

Chervil – Excellent companion for Brassicas, lettuce, and radishes, but does best in part shade. Chervil helps to repel slugs.

Chives – Improves the flavour of carrots and tomatoes. A companion plant for Brassicas. Helps to repel aphids, carrot rust fly, and Japanese beetles. Avoid planting near beans and peas.

Chrysanthemum – White flowering mums repel Japanese beetles.

Cilantro – Repels aphids, potato beetles, and spider mites.

Clover – Attracts many beneficials and builds the soil. Helps fight cabbage worms, and increases the number of predatory ground beetles.

Collards – Plant near tomatoes, which repel the flea beetles that so often look for collards to eat.

Corn – Companion to beans, beets, cucumber, dill, melons, parsley, peas, potato, soya beans, squash, and sunflower. Avoid planting next to celery or tomatoes. Amaranth makes a great mulch between rows by competing with weeds and conserving ground moisture.

Cucumber – Plant beside asparagus, beans, Brassicas, celery, corn, dill, kohlrabi, lettuce, onion, peas, radish, and tomatoes. Avoid planting near potatoes and sage. Both corn and sunflowers can act as a trellis for cucumbers to good effect. Dill will help cucumbers by attracting predatory insects, and nasturtiums will improve the flavour and growth of cucumbers.

Dill – Dill improves the health of cabbages and other Brassicas, and is a very good companion for corn, cucumbers, lettuce, and onions. Dill attracts the predatory wasps that feed on garden caterpillars, and it repels aphids and spider mites. Avoid planting near carrots and tomatoes.

Eggplant – A good companion for amaranth, beans, marigolds, peas, peppers, spinach, and thyme. Do not plant eggplants near fennel.

Fennel – Not a companion for any garden food plant, fennel will actually inhibit growth in bush beans, kohlrabi, tomatoes, and others. Plant it, but keep it out of the veggie garden.

Garlic – Planting garlic near roses will help to repel aphids. Because of its sulfur compounds, it may also help repel whiteflies, Japanese beetles, root maggots, carrot rust fly, and other pests. Garlic, made into a tea, or spray, will act as a systemic pesticide, drawing up into the cells of the plants. It’s a good companion for beets, Brassicas, celery, lettuce, potatoes, strawberries, and tomatoes. Avoid planting it near peas or beans of any kind.

Kohlrabi – A worthy companion for beets, Brassicas, cucumbers, and onions. Avoid planting near peppers, pole beans, strawberries, and tomatoes.

Leeks – Grow with beets, carrot, celery, onions, and spinach. Avoid planting near beans and peas. Leeks help repel carrot rust flies.

Lettuce – Good companions for beets, Brassicas, carrot, celery, chervil, cucumbers, dill, garlic, onions, radish, spinach, squash, and strawberries.

Marigold – French Marigolds (Tagetes patula) produce chemicals that kill nematodes and repel whitefly. Avoid planting them near beans. Mexican Marigolds (T. minuta) have the same effect, and may repel rabbits.

Melon – Great companions for corn, marigolds, nasturtiums, pumpkin, radish, squash, and sunflowers. Avoid planting near potatoes. Melon leaves are full of calcium, so they’re good for the compost heap.

Mint – Mint attracts earthworms, hoverflies and predatory wasps, and repels cabbage moths, aphids, and flea beetles. Mint is invasive, so it may be better to use cut mint as a mulch around Brassicas, or to restrain it in containers around the vegetable garden. Avoid planting near parsley.

Nasturtium – These plants make a good trap crop for aphids, and they deter whiteflies, cucumber beetles, and attract predatory insects. It is a good companion for Brassicas, cucumbers, melons, radishes, and tomatoes.

Oats – They grow very quickly for quick tilling to add organic matter to beds, and work well when planted with clover or vetch. An excellent source of green matter for the compost.

Onions – Plant chamomile and summer savory near onions to improve their flavour. Onions also work well alongside beets, Brassicas, carrots, dill, kohlrabi, leeks, lettuce, strawberries and tomatoes. Don’t plant onions near asparagus, or peas of any kind.

Oregano & Marjoram – Oregano is particularly good for repelling cabbage moths, and it can be planted between rows of Brassicas for this purpose. Also good around asparagus and basil.

Parsley – Parsley likes asparagus, carrots, chives, corn, onions, and tomatoes. The leaves can be sprinkled on asparagus to repel asparagus beetles, and around roses, to improve their scent. Parsley allowed to bloom will attract hoverflies and predatory wasps. Don’t plant it near mint.

Peas – Superb companions for beans, carrots, celery, corn, cucumber, eggplant, parsley, peppers. potatoes, radish, spinach, strawberries and turnips. Avoid planting peas near onions.

Peppers – Pepper plants make good neighbours for asparagus, basil, carrots, cucumbers, eggplant, endive, oregano, parsley, rosemary, squash, Swiss chard, and tomatoes. Never plant them next to beans, Brassicas, or fennel.

Potato – Bush beans, Brassicas, carrots, celery, corn, garlic, marigolds, onions, and peas all do well planted near potatoes. Avoid planting potatoes near asparagus, cucumber, kohlrabi, melons, parsnips, rutabaga, squash, sunflower, and turnips.

Radish – Plant radishes near beans, beets, celeriac, chervil, cucumber, lettuce, mint, parsnip, peas, spinach, squash, and tomatoes. Avoid planting near agastache or potatoes. It is said that planting 3 or 4 icicle radishes around the mound where you plant squash, and allowing them to grow and bloom, will prevent most pests of squash and cucumber.

Rosemary – Rosemary is a good companion for beans, Brassicas, and carrots.

– Fall rye gives off a chemical that inhibits the germination of weed seeds. Planted twice in a row, it can choke out several tough weed species for good. It produces masses of useful organic matter for tilling under or adding to the compost.

Sage – Sage repels both the cabbage moth and the carrot rust fly, so it’s a great all around companion plant in the vegetable garden. Do not, however, plant it near cucumbers, which are sensitive to aromatic herbs.

Spinach – A good companion for Brassicas, eggplants, leeks, lettuce, peas, radish, and strawberries, particularly. Don’t plant spinach near potatoes.

Squash – Companions: corn, lettuce, melons, peas, and radish. Avoid planting near Brassicas or potatoes. Borage is said to improve the growth and flavour of squash. Marigolds and nasturtium repel numerous squash pest insects.

Strawberry – These little plants respond strongly to nearby plants. Couple them with beans, borage, garlic, lettuce, onions, peas, spinach, and thyme. Avoid Brassicas, fennel, and kohlrabi.

Summer Savory – This herb attracts honeybees, and repels cabbage moths. Planting it near beans and onions will improve the flavour of both.

Sunflower – Sunflowers planted near rows of corn are said to increase yields. Aphids may be herded by ants onto sunflowers without causing the plants any harm.

Swiss chard – Beans, Brassicas, and onions make the best companions for chard.

Thyme – An all around beneficial plant for the garden, thyme is particularly worth planting near Brassicas, as it repels cabbage moths, and strawberries, as it enhances flavour.

Tomatoes – Another sensitive plant when it comes to companions, tomatoes benefit from asparagus, basil, beans, borage, carrots, celery, chives, collards, cucumber, garlic, lettuce, marigold, mint, nasturtium, onion, parsley, and peppers. Avoid planting alongside Brassicas and dill. Corn will attract tomato pests, and kohlrabi will stunt tomatoes’ growth. Potatoes may spread blight to tomatoes, so keep them apart. Do no plant tomatoes near walnut trees.

Turnip – Turnips are easygoing, but benefit from mint and pea companions.

Vetch – Vetch has long roots that fix nitrogen in the soil, and provide masses of organic matter for tilling under. Do not let vetch go to seed, as it will come back strongly. The seeds are toxic to chickens.

Yarrow – Its scent repels aphids, but attracts hoverflies, lady beetles, and wasps that prey on garden grubs. The leaves and stems of yarrow contain enzymes that break down rapidly, so it can be added to the compost raw or as a tea to accelerate the heap.


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