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Beet Companion Plants: Full List of Pairings
Colorful, flavorful beets are an excellent root vegetable to grow in your garden. Luckily, they get along with most other garden favorites, but there are a few that make especially good pairings. The following vegetables, flowers, and herbs all make fantastic beet companion plants!
Full List of Beet Companion Plants
The following vegetables, flowers, and herbs benefit beets by improving soil quality, repelling pests and disease, offering shade, and more.
Vegetables to Plant with Beets
• Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Kohlrabi, Rutabagas, and Turnips – These brassicas family members add minerals to the soil and can improve beet growth.
• Bush Beans – Bush beans fix nitrogen in the soil, which benefits beets.
• Carrots – As fellow root vegetables, carrots and beets enjoy the same type of soil and perform well together.
• Garlic, Leeks, Onions, Scallions, Shallots, and Other Alliums – Strongly scented allium family members repel many pests from your beet patch. Garlic in particular may also improve your beets’ flavor.
• Kale and Lettuce – Leafy greens retain moisture and keep weeds down around your beets.
• Peppers and Tomatoes – Beets enjoy the shade offered by these nightshades.
• Radishes – Growing beets in an area next to radishes or where radishes were previously planted can decrease the likelihood of disease.
Flowers to Plant Near Beets
• Alyssum – Alyssum acts as a living mulch around your beets.
• Marigolds – Marigolds work well as a slug trap crop when planted near beets.
• Nasturtiums – Nasturtiums attract beneficial insects and act as an aphid and flea beetle trap crop when planted near your beets. (Here’s a full list of nasturtium companion plants.)
Herbs to Plant Near Beets
These herbs help repel a variety of beet pests:
What NOT to Plant Next to Beets
The following plants should be planted far away from beets if you choose to grow them.
• Mustards – Different types of mustard can inhibit beet growth.
• Pole Beans – Unlike bush beans, pole beans hinder beet growth rather than help.
• Pumpkins – Pumpkins and beets can compete for root space.
Enjoy Your Beets!
With this list, you should now have plenty of options for beet companion plants. Happy growing!