How to Companion Plant for Summer Squash


Companion planting is a natural, organic way to control pests and disease in the garden while also enriching the soil with nutrients and minerals needed to produce healthy, abundant crops. When you plant two or more plants together that make good companions, they each give something the others need, while taking something they need that the others produce.

Step 1

Create several small mounds of dirt about 3 feet in diameter, using regular garden soil or finished compost. Space the mounds roughly 4 feet apart.

Step 2

On the mounds themselves, plant four to six corn seeds about 6 inches apart and water well.

Step 3

Between the mounds, plant two to three squash seeds, evenly spaced, and water well.

Step 4

Plant borage, comfrey or tansy seedlings scattered randomly through the squash between the mounds. Water the new seedlings well.

Step 5

When the corn reaches 2 to 4 inches in height, thin them if needed and then plant bean or pea seeds near each stalk of corn on the mound. Water the new seeds well.

Things You'll Need

  • Squash
  • Corn
  • Beans or peas
  • Borage, comfrey or tansy


  • Seeds of Change: Companion Planting: So Happy Together
  • Cass County Extension: Companion Planting
  • GHOrganics: Companion Planting
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