If you are an avid gardener, you have no doubt noticed that some plants do better when planted in close proximity to other plants. This year we are growing beets for the first time and wondered what is good to plant with the beets. That is, what beet plant companions might enhance their overall health and production? Turns out there is a number of beet companion plants to choose from.
About Companions for Beets
Companion planting is an age-old method wherein the gardener combines two or more different crops to the mutual benefit of one or all of them. Almost any plant can benefit from companion planting in one way or another and planting companions for beets is no exception.
Benefits of companion planting might be to add nutrients into the soil, act as a support for vining plants, shade roots to keep them cool and moist, deter pests, and even provide shelter for beneficial insects. Most importantly, companion planting diversifies the garden much as nature intended. A diverse garden negates the importance of constant maintenance by the gardener and allows for an organic gardening approach.
So, what is good to plant with beets? What beet plant companions have a symbiotic relationship with this crop? Let’s find out.
Companion Planting near Beets
Beets have many friends in the garden. Suitable beet companion plants include:
Don’t expect every crop to get along with beets even though they are pretty easygoing. No-no’s for planting near beets include pole beans, field mustard, and charlock (wild mustard).