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Carrot Companion Plants: Full List of Pairings
Though they’re generally friendly with most garden favorites, carrots can suffer from a few problems, like pest damage and poor soil, that good carrot companion plants can help with. This is a full list of what to plant with carrots, including vegetables, flowers, and herbs that benefit carrots or are helped themselves by growing near carrots.
The best carrot companion plants include alliums, legumes, tomatoes, marigolds, rosemary, and chives, but the list below includes many more great options.
Full List of Carrot Companion Plants
The following vegetables, flowers, and herbs help carrots by improving soil quality, repelling pests, offering shade, and more.
Vegetables to Plant with Carrots
• Beans, Peas, and Other Legumes – Legumes fix nitrogen in the soil, which carrots benefit from.
• Beets – As fellow root vegetables, carrots and beets enjoy the same type of soil and produce well together.
• Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Kale, Kohlrabi, and Turnips – Carrots may help repel common brassicas pests. In addition, the carrots’ deep roots may pull helpful nutrients closer to the surface where brassicas can benefit from them.
• Garlic, Leeks, Onions, Scallions, Shallots, and Other Alliums – Carrots help repel onion flies and other allium pests, while these alliums help repel the carrot fly.
• Lettuce and Spinach – Leafy greens and carrots take up complementary space in the garden – carrots below ground, the greens above.
• Peppers and Tomatoes – Peppers and tomatoes can shade carrots and may improve their flavor. Tomatoes and carrots may also help repel each other’s pests.
• Radishes – Planting fast-growing small radish varieties in the same area as carrots can loosen the soil for your carrots. By the time carrots are starting to need space, the radishes will be ready to pull.
Flowers to Plant Near Carrots
• Marigolds – Marigolds help repel aphids and other common carrot pests.
• Nasturtiums – Nasturtiums make a good aphid trap crop when planted a short distance away from carrots.
Herbs to Plant Near Carrots
These herbs may help repel a variety of carrot pests, attract beneficial insects, or improve carrot flavor.
What NOT to Plant Next to Carrots
The following plants should be planted far away from carrots if you choose to grow them.
• Celery – Celery can attract carrot flies.
• Dill – Dill can stunt carrots.
• Fennel – Fennel can stunt carrot growth.
• Parsnips – Parsnips have many pests in common with carrots, so planting them together can ultimately reduce the yield of both.
• Potatoes – Carrots and potatoes will compete for nutrients, space, water, and more.
Enjoy Your Carrots!
With this list, you should now have plenty of options for carrot companion plants. Happy growing!
If you’re just getting started with carrots, here’s a complete guide to growing carrots in gardens, raised beds, and containers!