How to Companion-Plant Zucchini

Overview

Companion planting is situating plants near other species that mutually benefit each other. For example, a vegetable plant may be bothered by a certain insect repelled by another plant. So it makes sense to plant these plants near each other. Also, some plants attract beneficial insects that eat bad insects that may attack a desirable plant, so they are often planted together. Companion planting creates a balance in the garden and is becoming an accepted way to plan a vegetable garden that helps lessen the need for chemical pesticides. Several types of plants work well if you're growing zucchini.

Step 1

Plant your zucchini in a well-drained location in full sun.

Step 2

Clear the area of all weeds, rocks and debris and rake smooth. Add a 1-inch layer of compost over the soil and gently work into the top 2 inches of soil. Rake the area smooth.

Step 3

Plant zucchini plants or seeds 12 to 18 inches apart if not planting anything in between them, and plant companion plants the correct distance away, using a shovel or garden spade. The companion plants can be on a row 2 to 3 feet away from the zucchini or in between the plants.

Step 4

Space the companion plants correctly so they are not crowded or shaded. The companion plants do not have to touch the zucchini plants to be beneficial, because beneficial insects move among the plants during the day and evening.

Things You'll Need

  • Compost
  • Garden spade
  • Rake

References

  • Sustainable Gardening Tips: Companion Planting Vegetable List for Your Next Garden
  • No Dig Vegetable Garden: Companion Planting
  • Home and Garden Site: Companion Planting
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About this Author

Based in Rockdale Texas, Jim Gober has been writing garden-related articles for 25 years. His articles appear in several Texas newspapers including The Rockdale Reporter, The Lexington Leader, The Cameron Herald and The Hearne Democrat. He is a Master Gardener and Certified Texas Nursery and Landscape Professional. He holds bachelor degrees in English Writing from St. Edward's University and Finance from Lamar University.