Can You Grow Different Vegetables in the Same Plot?

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You can grow different vegetables in the same plot, as long as the plants complement each other.

Some plants can stunt each other’s growth as they compete for the same nutrients.

Grow different vegetables in the same plot
Growing different vegetables in the same plot is possible

You also want to avoid growing the same plants in the same spot every year. 

You have plenty of options when it comes to organizing your garden. Some plants can grow together very nicely, while you want to keep others separate.

You should always research plants before you try to plant them next to each other. 

Can I Plant Different Vegetables Together? 

You can plant plenty of different vegetables together.

Many crops have the exact care requirements- they need the same amount of full, direct sun, and well-draining soil.  

Planting crops next to each other that help each other thrive is known as companion planting.

This planting method can:

  • repel pests
  • attract pollinators
  • and provide shade or nutrients between the crops 

Companion planting can go both ways or benefit just one of the vegetables.

Either way, those benefits can help your garden significantly! You’re sure to love not dealing with pests and getting more flavorful veggies. 

Planting different vegetables together
You can plant different vegetables together

In general, strong-smelling plants, like onions, garlic, and leeks, are great for repelling pests.

They stop above-ground pests but can even repel some pests that like to eat the roots of crops. You can add certain herbs, like basil, as well.  

Overall, you’ll want to know what vegetables you can and can’t plant in the same plot.

While some plants are excellent together, others can hinder their growth!

Growing different veggies in the same plot is essential for getting the most out of your garden come harvest time. 

What Crops Can I Plant Together? 

You can plant several different vegetables together!

You’ll want to check out a chart online that lists what vegetables can pair with each other.

That way, you don’t accidentally place two plants next to each that will compete. 

That Said – Many different vegetables have similar care requirements, making them great for adding to the same plot. 

Here are some different types of vegetables that are perfect for companion planting: 

Onions and Broccoli 

Onions and broccoli are the perfect companion plants!

By placing them in the same plot, the onions strengthen the broccoli flavor. Both plants thrive in cool weather and need similar amounts of water. 

Onions and broccoli plant together
Onions & broccoli 

Since onions also have a strong smell, they can help drive away pests that would otherwise have your growing broccoli as a snack!

Onions also encourage the broccoli to grow larger and fuller. 

Overall – This is one of the best companion planting pairs. You’ll want to place these two vegetables in the same plot! 

Leeks and Carrots 

Leeks and carrots are also great plot mates.

Carrots have several pests that can ruin them before you can harvest them.

However, leeks drive away carrot flies and several other insects. Carrots also repel many of the leek’s pests! 

Leeks and carrots plant together
Leeks & carrots 

These two vegetables complement each other very well because of this. By keeping them in the same plot, you shouldn’t worry about common pests attacking them. 

You’ll want to harvest the carrots before raising the soil around the leeks. The carrots get the full sun that they need to thrive that way. 

Additionally: Carrots and leeks also grow great with onions! You can have all these vegetables in the same plot without worry. 

Spinach and Radishes 

Spinach and radishes also tend to do very well together.

The radishes draw away pests that eat the roots of the spinach.

Spinach and radishes plant together
Spinach & radishes 

Spinach also adds more nutrients to the soil, helping the radishes grow larger and more delicious. 

The radish also helps break up the soil and aerate it for the spinach as it grows.

Overall, these two crops complement each other strongly. The radish protects the spinach, while the spinach supplies the radish with nutrients. 

Peppers and Tomatoes 

As our last example, peppers and tomatoes are excellent plot companions.

You’ll get much higher crop yields when growing them in the same space. The plants also help add nutrients to the soil that the other needs to grow. 

Peppers and tomatoes plant together
Peppers & tomatoes 

These plants also attract the same types of pollinators. So, when you place them in the same plot, your garden will thrive!  

Finally, peppers and tomatoes have the same water, nutrient, and harvesting requirements.

Keep In Mind – They won’t deter pests from invading your garden! You’ll want to plant them with onions, chives, leeks, or garlic to add more pest resistance to the plot. 

What Vegetables Shouldn’t Go Together? 

While there are plenty of plants that help each other, there are also vegetables that can hinder each others’ growth.

You’ll want to make sure that you don’t plant these crops in the same plot! Instead, try to give them as much space as you can. 

Here are some examples of vegetables that you don’t want to have near each other.

Cabbage and Peppers 

You shouldn’t plant cabbage and peppers in the same area.

Cabbage can inhibit the growth of peppers.

Instead, you can try planting cabbage with lettuce- the two are very similar plants with the same requirements for care. 

Cabbage and peppers don't plant together
Cabbage & peppers

In general, plants in the brassica family (like cabbage and broccoli) shouldn’t grow near plants in the nightshade family (like peppers).

You’ll want to raise them in different plots.  

Garlic, Onions, and Beans 

Garlic and onions are usually great plot companions because they drive away pests.

However, you won’t want to plant them near peas and beans! 

Don't plant garlic onions and beans together
Garlic, onions & beans 

The garlic and onions can stop the growth of bean plants, making them turn out much smaller than you want them to be.  

While garlic can grow near various vegetables, you will want to keep them away from parsley, sage, beans, peas, and asparagus.

Mainly everything else grows well with garlic nearby! 

Tomatoes and Corn 

Tomatoes and corn attract worms, and both experience fungal diseases.

Don't plant Tomatoes & corn together
Tomatoes & corn 

If you plant these crops in the same plot, there’s a higher chance that disease spreads through your garden. 

Instead, plant your tomatoes with chives and carrots to improve their flavor.

Corn also goes well with pumpkins, beans, or potatoes. 

Final Thoughts

Short answer, Yes.

You can grow different vegetables in the same plot, as long as the plants complement each other.

Planting crops next to each other that help each other thrive is known as companion planting.

This planting method can:

  • repel pests
  • attract pollinators
  • and provide shade or nutrients between the crops 

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