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After a bit of hard graft, we have come to realise that these lovely individuals do not always work so well next to each other. Indeed, it is wise to make sure that regardless of which temperamental plant you want to put next to another, just check that they are not competing for sun light

Anyway, here is a list:

· Potatoes:

Potatoes do not play well with cucumbers, melons, tomatoes, squash, turnips, or sunflowers or anything really.

· Beans and Peas:

Both peas and beans have negative effects on some plants including all kinds of peppers, sweet and hot. Beets are also affected by pole beans of all kinds.

· Broccoli and Cauliflower:

Neither broccoli or cauliflower will grow well near peppers, strawberries, tomatoes, and pumpkins.

Also, do not plant cabbage and Cauliflower next to each other. They will attract fungus and every butterfly known to mankind. Radishes and tomato also do not do well near cabbage and cauliflower.

· Asparagus

Just plant it on its own. Asparagus does not like other plants growing too close, so give the bed a little space. It is especially vulnerable to poor growth when planted next to onions, garlic, and potatoes.

· Brussel Sprouts

Strawberries and Tomatoes, as if you would.

· Carrots

These do not grow well when planted too close to dill.

· Celery

For best results, it should never be planted near potatoes or parsnips.

· Cucumbers

They do not like to be planted near potatoes, tomatoes, cauliflower, or any of the strong aromatic herbs like coriander, basil, rosemary, thyme, or lavender.

· Onions

Onions, garlic, leeks, and shallots have a discouraging effect on beans and peas. When planted nearby they stunt the growth of beans and peas.

· Sunflowers

Sunflowers emit a chemical from their roots that prevents nearby plants from growing and competing for nutrients. This chemical affects an area of at least 12 inches around the plants. The seed shells also contain toxic chemicals that will kill grass and other plants, so harvest the seed heads before the seeds begin to drop

· Marigolds

Marigolds are a popular addition to the vegetable garden because they keep away so many pests. However, they have a detrimental effect on beans and peas.

· Lettuce

Lettuce is easy to grow when planted away from beans and beets. Surprisingly, they also do not like to be near parsley.

· Tomatoes

Cucumbers, Coriander, and tomatoes do not like to grow too close together.

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