Companion Planting Asparagus

companion planting asparagus

Asparagus is usually quite expensive in the shops so it makes sense to grow some if you have the space. It is an easy vegetable to grow if you get the basics right and it will crop for many years. So on with companion planting asparagus.

Growing Asparagus

Asparagus is a perrenial vegetable, traditionally grown in it’s own bed. The bed is then kept weed free all year creating a good deal of wasted space. Of course on most plots this is just not an option, and if you are going to grow something with it , it should be something that will help your asparagus to thrive.

Companion Planting Asparagus

Good companion plants for asparagus are tomatoes. Tomatoes will grow into large plants after the asparagus season is over. Asparagus beetles don’t like tomato plants so growing tomatoes in the same bed will not only utilise the space but also keep your asparagus plants healthy.

As keeping weeds down  is necessary for  growing asparagus, it is wise to grow a selection of the following plants in the asparagus bed:-

  • Marigolds
  • Parsley
  • Basil

These plants will not only suppress the weeds but also help the tomatoes stay healthy and tasty.

  • Strawberries

Strawberries are a good plant to grow amongst the Asparagus as they have a short root system, and they will not inhibit the growth of the asparagus fronds through the growing season.

Companion Planting Asparagus

Bad Companions

There are a few plants that should be kept well away from asparagus these include:-

  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Potatoes

Asparagus grow quite an extensive root system which does not like to be disturbed. So Potatoes would definitely be a bad choice to share the same bed.

As for onions and Garlic these both need plenty of nutrients to grow healthy bulbs, and so does asparagus. It is obviously not a good idea to have plants competing too much for nutrients.

 

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