Bean Companion Plant: Top 5

Beans come in two types: bush and pole (aka runner). With two varieties to pick from, you can grow beans in your garden regardless of size or shape.

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On some sort of trellis, you must grow runner beans. Bush beans are very productive, but you can grow them in containers without a trellis! We’ll cover each bean companion plant and how to avoid pests.

Top 5 Bean Companion Plants

– Potatoes – Dill – Yarrow – Cosmos – Marigolds

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Aphids, spider mites, whiteflies, Mexican bean beetles, and other pests are among the enemies of beans.  Thankfully, some trustworthy companion plants can keep each of these pests at bay.

Because they will repel the Mexican bean beetle away, potatoes make a fantastic ally for beans.  In turn, the beans will repel the common and destructive potato pest known as the Colorado potato beetle.

Beans will share the nitrogen they have fixed in their roots with potatoes, which are also nitrogen-hungry plants. Planting marigolds can draw minute pirate bugs, which aid in the control of Mexican bean beetles.

Because they release biochemicals that might impede other plants’ development, beans are considered allelopathic plants.  Onion, leek, chives, and other onion family members don’t go well with beans.

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