Using Cauliflower in Companion Planting

There are numerous species of plants that are perfect to use if you’re interested in companion planting with cauliflower. Vegetable garden designing is best executed with knowledge about companion planting because the practice yields numerous advantages in the garden. This article will educate you about the meaning and benefits of companion planting before identifying useful companions for cauliflower.

Companion Planting Explained and Applied to Natural Systems:

Companion planting is a process which intentionally pairs together two species of plants that mutually benefit each other in some manner. Companion planting enables plants to have more efficient nutrient uptake. Also, many plant species produce natural material in their leaves, flowers and roots that repel harmful insects and/or attract beneficial organisms to the garden. This way, a gardener can maintain the presence of beneficial organisms while deterring pests from their plants. Educated companion planting can eliminate a gardener’s need to use pesticides and herbicides in his or her garden altogether; resulting in a balanced and organic garden.

Companion planting in the garden is essentially implemented in an effort to mimic the natural symbiotic relationships present within any sustainable ecosystem. In essence, natural ecosystems are an example of flawless companion planting; diversity within plants, insects and decomposers create a sustainable and stable ecosystem. The biodiversity and interconnected native plant life enables the ecosystem to survive in harmony with the environment. Companion planting is all about creating a diverse and wholesome environment for your plants to thrive in.


Three Plants to Avoid When Companion Planting With Cauliflower:


Peas: Avoid planting peas near cauliflower in your vegetable garden because the peas will stunt the growth of the cauliflower plant. If you really want to grow peas, place they in a separate corner of the garden. Cucumber, corn and radish are great companion plants to grow with cauliflower.

Strawberries: Strawberries are harmful when they are planted next to cauliflower because the strawberry plant is notorious for attracting slugs. It is best to plant strawberries in a separate area of your garden away from all vegetables that grow low to the ground.  

Tomato: Tomato plants are extremely detrimental when planted near cauliflower due to the plant’s nutrient sucking capabilities.


Three Plants to Plant as Companion Plants With Cauliflower:


Beans: Planting beans as a companion to cauliflower is the best possible companion combination. Beans and cauliflower simultaneously deter harmful pests and attract beneficial organisms. Consider planting a row of cauliflower in between rows of beans for added protection.

Celery: Celery is an effective companion plant to numerous species of vegetables because it attracts beneficial insects. Not to mention, celery consumes more water than nutrients, leaving nourishment for your cauliflower.

Onion: Onions are another useful companion plant however; care should be taken when deciding what else to plant with the onions. Cauliflower and onion make a great pair, but onions are also detrimental to beans which is an effective companion for cauliflower.