Plants that grow well with pumpkins are good pumpkin companion plants. Planting a pumpkin with companion plants isn’t intended to combat vegetable loneliness, but rather to help it grow better, either because companions meet the pumpkin plant’s needs in some way, or because the companions keep pumpkin pests away. If you are planting pumpkins in your garden, it pays to learn something about companion planting with pumpkins. Read on for more information about plants that grow well with pumpkins.
Pumpkin Growing Companions
The first time you hear about pumpkin companion plants, you may feel confused about what companion planting means and how it can aid in the garden. Companion planting with pumpkins or other vegetables involves grouping together garden plants that help each other to grow. Plants may be classified as good companions in the garden if they attract beneficial insects like pollinators into the area. Certain herbs and flowers attract beneficial insects such as:
Other plants contain substances in their roots or foliage that repel insect pests. The strong odor of some plants, like garlic and onion, can disguise the odor of plants like roses, keeping insect pests away.
Companion Planting with Pumpkins
A variety of plants work well as pumpkin growing companions either because they help the pumpkin plant stay healthy and productive, or because the pumpkin plants aid them in some way, or both. One typical example of companion planting with pumpkins is interspersing corn, beans, and pumpkins in the same bed. The beans can use the cornstalks as support structures to climb up, while the massed foliage of pumpkins keeps down the weeds. Melon and squash are also beneficial as pumpkin companion plants. Some plants that grow well with pumpkins are beneficial because they enhance the vegetable’s flavor. Marjoram, if used as one of the pumpkin growing companions, is said to produce better tasting pumpkins. Nasturtiums keep bugs and beetles away. Marigold, oregano, and dill all repel destructive insects, like the dreaded squash bug.
Plants to Exclude as Pumpkin Growing Companions
Not every plant will be good for companion planting with pumpkins. Intercropping the wrong species can cause your pumpkins growing problems. For example, experts tell gardeners not to plant pumpkin near potatoes.
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Teo Spengler has been gardening for 30 years. She is a docent at the San Francisco Botanical Garden. Her passion is trees, 250 of which she has planted on her land in France.
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