Plants culture associations

The combination of crops is considered one of the essential keys to creating a harmonious ecosystem in a permaculture garden. In this approach, we see each plant as an actor in an interconnected system, contributing to the overall balance and health of our garden.

We try to understand the interactions between the plants and carefully observe the results. From our experiences at Kerbeleg and the specific knowledge adapted to our own garden will come an approach of continuous experimentation and adaptation.

We will observe the effects of different crop combinations on plant health, vigour, pest resistance and productivity. We will try to keep an open mind and experiment with new combinations to find out what works best in the specific context of our soil, our region of South Finistère, the orientation of the land, the exposure to winds, the sunshine.

We will mix different species of plants, both vegetables, herbs and flowers, to try to create a resilient and balanced ecosystem. This diversity should encourage the presence of beneficial insects, attract pollinators and reduce the risk of spreading disease.

Here is a list of tests that we will try, progressively, at Kerbeleg:

Trios tests

  1. Dill, carrot, lettuce
  2. Artemisia, beans, tomatoes
  3. Artichoke, beans, radish
  4. Aubergine, beans, peppers
  5. Basil, tomatoes, peppers
  6. Beetroot, beans, lettuce
  7. Chard, radish, leek
  8. Nasturtium, cucumbers, squash
  9. Carrot, onions, tomatoes
  10. Chervil, radish, lettuce
  11. Chicory, beans, lettuce
  12. Cabbage, beetroot, celery
  13. Cauliflower, beans, spinach
  14. Chives, carrots, tomatoes
  15. Cucumber, beans, corn
  16. Cilantro, radish, carrots
  17. Gherkin, beans, lettuce
  18. Squash, corn, radish
  19. Courgette, beans, tomatoes
  20. Cress, radish, lettuce
  21. Spinach, strawberries, cabbage
  22. Escholzia, root vegetables
  23. Bean, cabbage, potato
  24. Beans, corn, squash
  25. Lettuce, carrots, radishes
  26. Lavender, carrots, squash
  27. Lupine, squash, peas
  28. Lamb’s lettuce, radishes, leeks
  29. Maize, beans, radishes
  30. Melon, radish, corn
  31. Mint, cabbage, tomatoes
  32. Snapdragon, tomatoes, peppers
  33. Carnation, carrots, cabbage
  34. Carnations, potatoes, tomatoes
  35. Onions, carrots, salads
  36. Poppy, root vegetables
  37. Pansy, tomatoes, salads
  38. Parsley, tomatoes, peppers
  39. Petunia, tomatoes, peppers
  40. Peas, carrots, cabbage
  41. Pepper, tomatoes, aubergine
  42. Pumpkin, corn, beans
  43. Pumpkin, corn, beans
  44. Radish, carrots, lettuce
  45. Meadowsweet, root vegetables
  46. Rocket, tomatoes, cabbage
  47. Skullcap, root vegetables
  48. Statice, tomato, cabbage
  49. Stevia, root vegetables
  50. Tomato, carrot, basil
  51. Sunflower, cucumber, squash
  52. Withania, root vegetables
  53. Zinnia, tomatoes, cabbage

Possible associations

  1. Dill: Good with carrots, cabbage, cucumbers, lettuce, radishes, squash.
  2. Artemisia (Mugwort): Good with beans, cabbage, potatoes, tomatoes.
  3. Artichoke: Favourable with beans, peas, radishes, lettuce.
  4. Aubergine: Favourable with beans, peppers, tomatoes.
  5. Basil: Good with tomatoes, peppers, aubergines.
  6. Beetroot: Good with beans, lettuce, kohlrabi.
  7. Chard: Favourable with radishes, cabbage, leeks.
  8. Nasturtium: Good with cucumbers, squash, tomatoes, cabbage.
  9. Carrot: Good with onions, lettuce, leeks, radishes, tomatoes.
  10. Chervil: Good with radishes, lettuce, spinach.
  11. Chicory: Good with beans, peas, radishes, lettuce.
  12. Cabbage: Favourable with beetroot, celery, spinach, radishes, carrots.
  13. Cauliflower: Favourable with beans, celery, spinach, radishes, carrots.
  14. Chives: Good with carrots, tomatoes, strawberries.
  15. Cucumber: Favourable with beans, corn, radishes, lettuce.
  16. Coriander: Favourable with radishes, carrots, lettuce.
  17. Gherkin: Favourable with beans, corn, radishes, lettuce.
  18. Squash: Favourable with corn, beans, radishes, lettuce.
  19. Courgette: Favourable with beans, corn, radish, lettuce.
  20. Watercress: Favourable with radishes, lettuce, spinach.
  21. Spinach: Favourable with strawberries, cabbage, leeks, beetroot, carrots.
  22. Escholzia (California poppy): Favourable with root vegetables.
  23. Bean: Favourable with cabbage, corn, potatoes, squash.
  24. Beans: Good with corn, squash, carrots, cabbage, potatoes.
  25. Lettuce: Favourable with carrots, radishes, cucumbers, beans, beets.
  26. Lavender: Favourable with carrots, squash, cabbage, leeks, herbs.
  27. Lupine: Good with squash, potatoes, cabbage, peas.
  28. Lamb’s lettuce: Favourable with radishes, cabbage, leeks, beetroot.
  29. Maize: Favourable with beans, squash, cucumbers, potatoes.
  30. Melon: Favourable with radishes, corn, beans, lettuce.
  31. Mint: Good with cabbage, tomatoes, peppers.
  32. Snapdragon: Good with tomatoes, peppers, aubergines.
  33. Carnation: Favourable with carrots, cabbage, lettuce, radishes.
  34. Carnation: Good with potatoes, tomatoes, asparagus, beans, cabbage.
  35. Onion: Favourable with carrots, lettuce, tomatoes, beetroot.
  36. Poppy: Favourable with root vegetables.
  37. Pansy: Favourable with tomatoes, salads, radishes.
  38. Parsley: Good with tomatoes, peppers, asparagus, carrots.
  39. Petunia: Good with tomatoes, peppers, aubergines.
  40. Pea: Favourable with carrots, cabbage, radishes, lettuce, spinach.
  41. Pepper: Favourable with tomatoes, aubergines, beans, basil.
  42. Pumpkin: Favourable with corn, beans, lettuce, radishes.
  43. Pumpkin: Favourable with corn, beans, lettuce, radishes.
  44. Radish: Good with carrots, lettuce, spinach, cabbage, leeks.
  45. Meadowsweet: Favourable with root vegetables.
  46. Rocket (Arugula): Favourable with tomatoes, cabbage, radishes, lettuce.
  47. Skullcap: Favourable with root vegetables.
  48. Statice: Favourable with tomatoes, cabbage, lettuce, radishes.
  49. Stevia : Favourable with root vegetables.
  50. Tomato: Good with carrots, basil, celery, onions, peppers.
  51. Sunflower: Good with cucumbers, squash, corn.
  52. Withania: Favourable with root vegetables.
  53. Zinnia: Good with tomatoes, cabbage, lettuce, radishes.

Published on: 14 May 2023  -  Filed under: Garden and Vegetable Garden