Broccoli Loves ….

  • Dill – strong smell deters common garden pests

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  • Sage – strong smell deters common garden pests
  • Rosemary – strong smell deters common garden pests
  • Basil – strong smell deters common garden pests
  • Mint – strong smell deters common garden pests
  • Garlic – strong smell deters common garden pests
  • Thyme – strong smell deters common garden pests
  • Bush Beans
  • Lettuce – likes the shade of broccoli
  • Potato
  • Radish
  • Shallots & Onions – improves flavour
  • Celery – improves flavour
  • Marigold – deters pests and attracts pollinators
  • Nasturiums – deters aphids and attracts pollinators
  • Bulbinella – attracts pollinators
  • Beetroot – does not compete for calcium

Broccoli Dislikes …

Other members of the Brassica plant family make poor companions for broccoli in poor soil conditions. These include –

  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Brussel Sprouts

Too many of the same plants, or plants from the same family, create a monoculture in the garden, which makes your plants more susceptible to invasion by pests and diseases. Adding diversity to your garden space through the planting of good companions helps to naturally ward off pests and diseases without the use of harmful chemicals or pesticides.

Most of the following plants are also heavy feeders, making the competition for nutrients – mainly calcium – the main culprit of poor performance:

  • Nightshade Family: tomatoes, eggplant & peppers (especially hot peppers)
  • Mustard Greens
  • Rue
  • Grapes
  • Pole Beans
  • Strawberries
  • Asparagus
  • Cantaloupe
  • Sweet corn
  • Pumpkin
  • Watermelon

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