Learn which are the best companion plants for zucchini and squash for both winter and summer varieties for a better harvest and pest control.
If you’re a new gardener, plant zucchini and squash in the garden. Both winter and summer squash varieties are easy to grow and require only fertile soil, full sun, and water.
Companion plants help your zucchini to grow better, taste better, and less pest problem. In this post, I listed some best companion plants that you can grow with zucchini to protect them from pests and problems.
Let’s get started:
There are two types of squash that you can grow in the garden. One is a summer squash that is yellow squash or zucchini and the other is a winter squash that is pumpkins, butternut, and candy roster to name a few.
For most of the part, companion plants are similar to both winter and summer squash. But due to differences in their growth habits, some companion plants are more suitable than others for interplanting.
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Companion Plants For Zucchini and Squash
We’ll first see best companion plants for winter squash like pumpkins, butternut and candy roster and others.
Winter squash are long vining plants that take lots of space. Their long vines and dense foliage make it tough to plant companions with them.
The popular three-sister method is the most efficient way to grow squash. This method was first used by North American tribes and it is still used for the great harvest.
In the three-sister gardening, we plant squash along with corns and beans. Corns and squash have similar soil requirements that make it easier to grow them together.
Beans are planted beside corn which grows with corn support. Actually, beans fix nitrogen in the soil that is beneficial for both zucchini and corn.
The winter squash planted around the corn helps to keep weeds down and helps to reduce pests like raccoons from damaging the corn.
Many experienced gardeners also claimed that planting three sisters together also increases the flavor of all three companions.
Most summer squash and zucchini varieties have shorter vines and take less space than winter squash. This makes it easier to plant beneficial flowers, herbs, and vegetables around them.
Some of the great companion plants for summer squash and zucchini are:
Beans and peas
Beans and peas fix nitrogen in the soil, which helps heavy feeding squash to grow better.
Flowers like marigold, calendula, and nasturtiums are great companion plants to plant around squash vines. These flower plants are used as a trap crop for pests and deter insects. They also attract beneficial insects and pollinators like bees and Tachinid fly.
Herbs like oregano, rosemary, borage attract beneficial insects and pollinators. That helps to grow squash.
If you live in a hot summer climate. Plant sunflower along with squash for shade.
Companion to control pest
When growing zucchini and squash there are some pests that are very hard to control. Companion plants are great tools to protect squash from these pests for a better and long harvest.
Some of the companion to control pests are:
Plants marigold throughout the garden to keep away pests. Marigolds are used as sacrifice plants that attract pests to attract them rather than your crops.