Lettuce is a popular choice in most vegetable gardens, and for good reason. It’s easy to grow, it’s tasty, and it’s one of the first things to come up in the spring. Not every vegetable grows well next to every other vegetable though. Lettuce, like a lot of plants, has some plants that it likes having as neighbors and some that it doesn’t. By the same token, it is a good neighbor itself to some plants more than others. Keep reading to learn more about growing lettuce companion plants.
What to Plant with Lettuce
Lettuce benefits from having most vegetables near it. Chives and garlic, in particular, are good neighbors because they naturally repel aphids, a common problem for lettuce. Similarly, marigolds, one of the big powerhouses of pest repellers, can be planted near lettuce to help keep the bugs away. There are plenty of other plants that, while they don’t actively repel lettuce eating bugs, are very happy growing next to it. These companion plants for lettuce include:
This isn’t an exhaustive list of lettuce plant companions, but it is a lot of vegetables to get you started. Some companion plants for lettuce have their texture improved by its being nearby. Radishes planted near lettuce are supposed to stay softer longer into the summer, avoiding the classic woodiness they experience with hot temperatures. There are, of course, some vegetables that may not be good lettuce plant companions. These are basically everything in the cabbage family, such as:
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The only child of a horticulturist and an English teacher, Liz Baessler was destined to become a gardening editor. She has been with Gardening Know how since 2015, and a Senior Editor since 2020. She holds a BA in English from Brandeis University and an MA in English from the University of Geneva, Switzerland. After years of gardening in containers and community garden plots, she finally has a backyard of her own, which she is systematically filling with vegetables and flowers.
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