Mrs Gomer Hill
Lunar gardening
perpetual chart



My Mom and Me
Harvest prayer
"The Last Flower"
by James Thurber
My family

Companion planting
Marigolds repel beetles and nematodes, Nasturtiums repel bugs,
beetle and aphids, Tansy repels ants, and bugs in general. Oregano
gives overall protection.
Plants that require most or all of the growing
season to mature can have short-season companions. We sow a bit of
spinach between the rows of garlic soon after the garlic shoots emerge
in the spring. While it's there, the spinach provides a living mulch for the
garlic, conserving moisture and discouraging weeds in the soil. By the
time the garlic needs all the space in the bed, the spinach is long gone.

Consider all the advice,
including the suggestions here, as a starting point, rather than gospel.
Keep track of the results and compile your own list of garden companions...
knowing the companion lists are mostly somebody's guesses.






Basil, Nasturtium,
Parsley, Tomato


chive, garlic, leek,
onion, mint


beet, borage, sunflower,cabbage family,
carrot, celery, collards,
chard, corn, cucumber, radish, eggplant, nasturtium, pea,
strawberry, sunflower

Summer Savory
enhances flavor
Nasturtium, Rosemary,
repel the bean beetle.

Basil, chives, shallots,
onion, garlic,
gladiolus, leek.


bush beans, cabbage Family,
onion family, sage, corn, lettuce, lima bean, radish

garlic for flavor and growth

pole beans and beets
stunt each other

Cabbage Family
broccoli, kale,
brussel sprouts, cabbage,

Beet, carrot, celery,
cucumber, dill, lettuce,
mint, nasturtium, onion family, potato, rosemary, sage,
spinach, tomato
Marigold, All Strong Herbs

improves growth and flavor -
chamomile, garlic, dill, mint, repels cabbage moth - rosemary, sage, mint. repels cabbage worm - Tansy and thyme repels ants - mint repels bugs, beetles and aphids

Bush and Pole Beans,
Grapes, Rue,


Bean, Brussels sprout, cabbage, chive, leaf lettuce, leek, onion, pea, rosemary, tomato, radish,
pepper, pea, lettuce, sage

Chives improve growth,
flavor Rosemary & Sage repel carrot fly

Celery, Dill, parsnip


Bush bean, parsley, pea, Onion, Spinach, leeks, bean, tomato, cabbage family, especially cauliflower

Chives and garlic repel aphids Nasturtiums repel aphids & bugs

Carrot, Parsley,


Amaranth, Beans, Cucumber, Geranium, Lamb's Quarters,
Morning Glory, Peas, Sow Thistle, cabbage, Sunflower
Squash, cantaloupe, cucumber, early potato, parsley, pea, pumpkin, squash

pigweed raises nutrients from the subsoil so corn can reach them.

tomatoes & corn
are attacked by
the same worm


Bush bean, cabbage family, dill,
eggplant, lettuce, nasturtium,
pea, radish, sunflower, tomato,
Corn, Onions

Oregano. Nasturtium -
improves growth and flavor.

Sage hurts cucumbers


Bush bean, pea,
pepper, potato




Everything, but especially beet, cabbage family, carrot, onion
family, radish, strawberry

chives and garlic
repel aphids

Broccoli, Fava Bean, Grains


corn, pumpkin,
radish, squash

marigolds, Nasturtiums, Oregano
provides overall protection



kohlrabi, leek, lettuce, parsnip, spinach, turnip beet, cabbage
family, carrot, lettuce. pepper, strawberry, tomato

chamomile improves growth
and flavor, pigweed raises nutrients from the subsoil to
make them available
to the onions

Onions stunt bean, pea, Asparagus, Beans, Gladiolus, sage


Asparagus, corn, tomato Carrot, Chives, Onions, Roses




Garlic, pea, pepper, potato,

onion, radish

Caraway, carrot, celery


celery, chicory, eggplant,
parsley, early potato,
strawberry, sweet potato, turnip, bean, carrot, corn,
cucumber, lettuce,
radish, spinach

chives repels aphids Mint
improves health and flavor

Gladiolus, potato
onion & garlic stunts the growth of peas

Deep-rooted plants thrive near shallow-rooted neighbors because they draw nutrients from different places. Thus, carrots make suitable companions for leaf lettuce, arugula, garden cress.

Corn and tomatoes- Call it a corn earworm, call it a tomato fruitworm--it's the same beast in either case
and likes both crops equally. Keep some distance between the corn and tomato patches.






carrot, eggplant, tomato,
parsnip, pea, potato
Lovage, Marjoram, Oregano

Basil, onion

Fennel, kohlrabi


Bush bean, cabbage family,
dead nettle, eggplant
(as trap crop),
horseradish, marigold,
parsnip, cabbage family,
corn, pea

Horseradish on
all 4 corners

Cucumber, pumpkin,
raspberry, rutabaga,
squash family,
Sunflower, Turnip
tomatoes & potatoes
are harmed by same


corn, eggplant,
melon, squash

marigold, nasturtium,
oregano, radishes

Apple, Raspberry,
Rosemary, Tomato,


Beans, Beets, Carrots,
Chervil, Nasturnium, Parsnips,
Peas, Spinach, Squash
cucumber, lettuce, melon


Brussels sprouts,
Broccoli, Cabbage,
Cauliflower, Grape,
Hyssop, Kohlrabi,
Potato, Turnips


legumes, lettuce, pea,
radish, celery, cabbage
family, strawberry

onion family



Celeriac, celery, dill,
nasturtium, corn, beans
melon, pumpkin, onion,
radish, cucumbers, mint

borage repels worms,
improves growth and
flavor, marigold,
nasturtium, oregano



borage, pea, bean,
lettuce, onion, comfrey,
spinach, thyme

borage strengthens
resistance, thyme on the
border repels worms

cabbage family




  cabbage, potatoes


asparagus, Basil, bee balm,
bush bean, cabbage
family, garlic,
head lettuce, marigold,
nasturtium, onion, carrot,
celery, mint, cucumber,
onion, parsley, pepper

  basil, marigold,

Cabbage, Cauliflower,
Kohlrabi, Pole bean,
dill, fennel, potato,





Insect-Repellant Plants
All plant-eating bugs avoid members of the onion family--probably because they stink.
The greater the distance any bug has to cross from one feast to the next, the more likely it will itself become prey.
Cabbage butterflies that have to flit all over the garden in search of cole crops will get more
predatory attention than butterflies that can settle in one bed.
The striped Colorado Potato Beetle is a nightshade nightmare and will feed on any plant related to potatoes,
such as tomatoes, peppers or eggplant.

Basil -- Flies, Mosquitoes, Asparagus Beetle, Tomato Worm

Borage-- Tomato Worm

Calendula -- Asparagus Beetles, Tomato Worms

Catnip -- Ants, Aphids, Cockroaches, Flea Beetle, Japanese Beetles

Chrysanthemum -- Mexican Bean Beetle

Cosmos-- Mexican Bean Beetle

Coriander -- Aphids

Dandelion -- Colorado Potato Beetle

Dead Nettle-- Potato Beetle

Fennel-- Fleas

Flax -- Potato Beetle

Garlic -- Aphids, Apple Scab, Borers, Japanese Beetles, Peach Leaf Curl Disease, Spider Mites, Ants

Geranium-- Cabbage Worm, Red Spider Mite

Henbit -- General insect repellant

Horseradish-- Potato Beetle

Hyssop -- Cabbage Moth

Japanese Beetle -- Rue and white-flowered geraniums

Lavender-- Mice, Ticks, Moths

Marigold -- Mexican Bean Beetle, Nematodes, aphids, Colorado Potato Beetles and whiteflies

Mint-- Ants, Aphids, Cabbage Moth, Fleas, Mice

Mole Plant -- Mice, Moles

Nasturnium -- White Flies, Squash Bugs, Striped Pumpkin Beetle, Wooly Aphid (apple)

Oregano-- Cabbage Butterfly, Cucumber Beetle

Parsley-- Beetles

Pennyroyal-- Fleas, Flies, Mosquitoes

Pot Marigold -- Asparagus Beetle, Tomato Worm

Radish -- Cucumber Beetle, Flea Beetles

Rosemary-- Bean Beetles, Cabbage Moth, Carrot Fly

Rue -- Flies, Japanese Beetle, Cats, Dogs

Sage -- Bean beetle, Cabbage Moth, Carrot Fly, Slugs

Southernwood -- Cabbage Moth

Sunflower-- Armyworm

Tansy-- Ants, Fleas, Flies, Japanese Beetle, Moths, Striped Cucumber Beetles, Squash Bugs

Thyme --Cabbage Worm

Wormwood-- Animals, cabbage moth

Beneficial Insects
Many of the flowers that attract or provide shelter and food for helpful insects are perennials.
a fact you can use to your advantage by locating your perennial garden near your vegetable garden.

Assassin Bug -- Caterpillars, Flies

Big-Eyed Bug -- Aphids, Caterpillars, Leafhoppers, Mites;
attracted by: Clover, Goldenrod, Soybeans.

Braconid Wasp -- Aphids, Armyworm, Cabbageworm, Cornborer, Codling Moth, Elm Bark Beetle, Horn
attracted by: Dill, Parsley, Yarrow.

Damselbug --Aphids, Caterpillars, Leafhoppers, Thrips;
attracted by: Alfalfa.

Ground Beetle --Caterpillars, Cabbage Maggot, Colorado Potato Beetle Larvae, Cutworms, Slugs, Snails;
attracted by: Clover.

Honeybee -- Pollinator

Hover Fly (Syrphid Fly) -- the larvae eat aphids, various beetles and caterpillars, leafhoppers,
mealybugs and thrips--
attracted by: chamomile, asters, cornflower, black-eyed Susans and marigolds.

Ichneumon Wasp --Beetle larvae, Caterpillars, Sawfly,

Lacewing --Aphids, Corn Earworms, Mites, Thrips

Lady Beetle --Aphids attracted by: morning glory vines, angelica, coreopsis, cosmos, sweet alyssum and tansy.

Minute Pirate Bug --Leafhopper nymphs, Spider mites, Thrips

Predatory Mite -- European Red Mites, Spider Mites

Praying Mantis -- Also predates beneficials

Rove Beetle --Aphids, Cabbage Maggot, Flies, Mites, Springtails

Soldier Beetle --Aphids, Beetle larvae, Caterpillars, Corn Rootworm, Cucumber Beetle, Grasshopper eggs;
attracted by: Goldenrod, Milkweed, Hydrangea

Spined Soldier Bug -- Caterpillars, Sawfly larvae

Tachinid Fly --Caterpillars

Tiger Beetle --General predator

Yellowjacket -- Flies, caterpillars

Beneficial Parasitoid Wasps and Hoverflies are attracted to:
Alyssum, Buckwheat, Cilantro, Fennel, Mustard, Phacelia, and Yarrow
Beneficial predator insects are attracted to these pollen and nectar plants :
Carrot, Catnip, Coneflowers, Daisy, Dill, Fennel, Goldenrod, Lemon Balm, Mint, Parsley,
Peppermint, Spearmint, Thyme, Yarrow.