Companion Planting for Cold Weather Plants – Easy Growing Episode #20

02.22.18

Companion Planting for Cold Weather Plants - Easy Growing Ep. #20

Make the most of every season, and the most of the plants you grow during each! Cold season plants typically fall into the rustic and hardy spectrum. Companion planting is the process of growing plants next to each other which provide each other mutual benefits - from pest protection, shade or nutrient sharing. Here are some cold season plants to consider and their companion plants for your garden!

 
 
Transcript

Intro

On this episode, I talk about companion planting for cold season vegetables in your garden.

Hi everyone, I'm Bryan Traficante from GardenInMinutes.com and this is episode #20 of Easy Growing. On today's episode I will be talking about companion planting for cold season plants and some of the options you have to choose from. If you're unfamiliar with companion planting, it's basically the process of neighboring plants that produce a mutually beneficial relationship. So for instance, if one plant is very nitrogen dependent and another one produces a lot of nitrogen they may work well next to each other. If one plant requires more shade from direct sunlight and another one likes to have a ton of Sun they may go well next to each other. And so on. When you think about the fall, winter, spring and cold season or colder season gardening times of year. The types of plants you can grow generally fall into more rustic and hardy variety; so you have things such as leafy greens and root vegetables and generally staying away from the fruiting vegetables. Fruiting vegetables generally do better in warmer weather...

Companion Planting Beets

Alright, so the first plant we're going to discuss for our cold season companion planting are beets. Beets generally do well next to your leafy greens, onions and bush beans.

Companion Planting Carrots

Now the next item is going to be your carrots. Carrots, they of course will do well next year beets. They also do well next to onions and peas. Now one thing to kind of keep in mind though as we go further into this, onions and peas generally don't go well together in terms of companion planting. So, when you decide what you're gonna plant next to your carrots you have to decide between the two.

Companion Planting Spinach

Alright, our next companion plant for cold season gardening, is going to be spinach. Spinach, we already said goes really well next to your beets and next to your carrots, but for spinach itself, some of the best companions for it, believe it or not the warmer season plants. Spinach can grow well in your colder seasons, but can also grow into warmer season as well as long as it doesn't get too hot. Next to spinach, you can plant things such as your celery, strawberry and eggplant. Those all tend to do very well and have a mutually beneficial relationship with growing spinach.

Companion Planting Onions

Alright, the last companion plant is something we've already covered a couple of times now as companions for the other plants and that is onions. Onions as we mentioned earlier, do really well with beets, carrots, leafy greens, but what you want to do is avoid planting them next to some other common plants. Onions don't do well next to peas and they don't do well next to beans. So while some of those may be companions to the ones we listed earlier, make sure you keep them away from your peas and beans to have a better production.

Make The Most Of Your Garden

Alright, that's it for Easy Growing episode 20. Thank you all so much for watching. Just a quick recap; fall, winter, spring even though they may be a cooler time of year, you can still grow a lot in your garden. Take advantage of plants that do well with the colder weather and then also plant companions next to them to help them produce an even better yield. Every season has some kind of plant that can do well in it. As long as you're not extremely, extremely cold and basically just take advantage of the time of year, take advantage of the plants you can grow and make the most of your garden. Alright, that's it! Thank you all so much for watching. Have a great day!

About the Author: Bryan Traficante

Urban gardener and co-founder of GardenInMinutes.com. While not writing for GardenInMinutes and other gardening publications, you'll often see him responding to your questions and comments on our Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, and Instagram pages.