Strawberries are quite possibly one of the easiest fruits to grow in the garden. Simply bring home a few starter plants, water as needed, and they pretty much establish themselves. Finding good strawberry companion plants means you can find room for even more berries in your garden!
Companion planting strawberries allows you to find mutually beneficial combinations of plants to grow in the garden. Strawberry plants grow nicely in pots or in your berry patch. Once you know where you plan to grow them, you can find great planting companions.
If you’re looking for quick and easy strawberry companion plants, check out this list of do’s and don’ts to get you started.
What are the benefits of strawberry companion planting?
Companion planting offers quite a few benefits, from attracting pollinators to offering pest control properties. Strawberries themselves may benefit from plants planted nearby as well. Maximizing on the use of space in your garden is another great advantage. When companion planting strawberries, enhanced flavor and protection from pests are two ideal benefits you might achieve.
What can be planted near strawberries?
Strawberries grow well with a variety of herbs, vegetables, flowers, and even a few other fruits. With strawberry companion planting, you find plant matchups that mutually benefit both kinds of plants.
What should not be planted next to strawberries?
Avoid planting brassicas such as broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, and others in the brassica group near strawberries. They would all compete for nutrients. Also avoid planting tomatoes, potatoes, and peppers as they could spread disease, as well as melons, near strawberries. And, as a general rule of thumb, keep your mint in pots (and away from strawberries) so it doesn’t take over the garden!
Ideal Companion Plants for Strawberries
As you plan out your garden, consider these suggestions for vegetables, fruit, herbs, and flowers you can plant with strawberries!
Vegetable Companion Plants for Strawberries
Enjoy the benefits of nitrogen-fixing peas and beans, improving the soil for strawberries with even more nutrients.
If optimizing your garden layout for space is your biggest goal, look at asparagus and strawberry companion planting, as they won’t crowd each other. This post from JoybileeFarm.com explains in wonderful detail how to achieve strawberry and asparagus pairings in the garden.
Consider these vegetable strawberry companion plants:
- Garlic / Onion
Companion Planting Strawberries with Fruit
Other fruits can grow well with strawberries, too. Consider these fruit companion combinations.
Blueberries and Strawberries
Consider companion planting blueberries and strawberries for a beneficial pairing. The strawberry plants work well as a ground cover while the blueberries grow taller and the roots deeper.
Strawberries and Pineberries
Pineberries do best when strawberries are nearby for cross-pollination. The two grow well together and may enjoy a longer growing season when coplanted.
Herbs and Strawberries Companion Plants
When deciding on garden plans, consider these herb and strawberry companion plants:
Flower Planting Companions for Strawberries
Also, planting flowers with strawberries can be a lovely idea in the garden as well! Some of the best flower companions may include:
Best Strawberry Companion Plants
Finding the best strawberry companion plants isn’t difficult as long as you take some times to consider your garden and its layout.
Remember that strawberries readily reproduce and spread on their own via daughters (runners). It’s possible they could take over a garden or escape into your lawn!
Give some thought to the strawberry plant companions above to help you find the perfect planting partners for your berries. And if you change your mind, you can always dig them up and move them elsewhere – no sweat!
I’m so excited for our strawberry crop to grow year after year. I hope this post helped you to decide where to plant strawberries in the garden.
Now all that’s left is waiting until it’s time to pick strawberries!
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Also, be sure to check out our many other articles on growing your own berries in the backyard garden!
Related Posts on Berries
If you’re looking to add more berries to your garden, you might also be interested in these posts:
- Raspberry Companion Plants
- Blueberry Companion Plants
- Yellow Raspberries (Golden Anne Raspberry Plants)
- Pineberries – Delicious White Strawberries
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