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Radish Companion Plants: Full List of Pairings
Fast growing and flavorful, radishes make excellent pairings for many garden favorites! Radishes can prevent many common vegetable troubles, and a few others will help radishes with their own pest problems. Here are all the radish companion plants you can try in your garden:
Full List of Radish Companion Plants
The following vegetables, flowers, and herbs benefit radishes by improving soil quality, repelling common pests, and attracting pollinators. In some cases, the radishes offer a specific benefit to the companion.
Vegetables to Plant with Radishes
• Beans and Peas – These legumes release nitrogen, which aids in radish growth.
• Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower, and Kale – Many brassicas family members like these add nutrients to the soil that radishes enjoy.
• Cucumbers – Radishes can help repel cucumber beetles.
• Eggplant, Peppers, and Tomatoes – Radishes make a good aphid trap crop for your nightshade family members.
• Garlic, Leeks, Onions, Scallions, Shallots, and Other Alliums – Strongly scented alliums keep a variety of radish pests away.
• Lettuce and Spinach – Leafy greens make excellent ground cover for many vegetables – including radishes!
• Parsnips – Parsnips attract helpful insects, like ladybugs, and get along well with radishes.
• Summer and Winter Squashes – Radishes act as a flea beetle and aphid trap crop for squashes.
Flowers to Plant Near Radishes
• Marigolds – Marigolds can repel pests and root-knot nematodes.
• Nasturtiums – Nasturtiums bring in beneficial insects and can also make an excellent aphid trap crop if you want to keep your radishes pristine.
• Petunias – Petunias bring in pollinators and other useful bugs.
Herbs to Plant Near Radishes
The following herbs help radishes by repelling common radish pests or improving the radishes’ flavor.
What NOT to Plant Next to Radishes
These plants should be planted as far away from radishes as possible.
• Corn – Tall corn will shade your radishes.
• Hyssop – Hyssop can hinder radish growth.
• Kohlrabi – Kohlrabi and radishes will compete for nutrients.
• Melons and Pumpkins – These plants can block sunlight from reaching your radishes.
• Potatoes – Potatoes have similar nutrient needs to radishes, and the two will compete for resources.
• Sunflowers – Sunflowers shade your radishes too much for optimal health.
• Turnips – Turnips can inhibit radish growth.
Enjoy Your Radishes!
You should now have a good idea of which radish companion plants to try in your garden, along with what to avoid. Happy gardening!