10 Companion Plants To Grow With Potatoes

Potatoes are a global staple that perform well in gardens. These beginner-friendly tubers let you try pink, purple, or buttery smooth kinds and experience the enhanced nutritious value of homegrown potatoes. Bugs, weeds, diseases, and soil concerns can damage potato roots.  

1. Yarrow

Wildflower yarrow's enormous umbrella flowers attract hungry helpful insects. Also, floral essential oils repel pests. Strong yarrow roots loosen soil for bigger, more uniform potatoes. The yarrow taproot feeds potatoes with minerals from lower soil.  

2. Marigolds

One of the most significant vegetable garden companion plants is marigold (Tagetes spp.). Their pest-repelling scent and root knot nematode-suppressing chemicals help most crops. This reduces bugs eating potato foliage and blemishes and damage to potato tubers.  

3. Nasturtium

Aphids are suppressed by rainbow morning glory flowers. Their airborne chemical repels insects, protecting them and other garden plants. Many hoverflies, ladybugs, and parasitic wasps protect potato leaf from ravenous bugs.  

4. Sweet Alyssum

Science shows this blossom prevents aphids and covers potato plants. Alyssum's shrubby, mound-like growth suppresses weeds and provides a habitat for predatory beetles that control Colorado potato beetles.  

5. Borage

Borage loosens soil, nourishes potatoes, and attracts pest-eating insects! Potato tubers benefit from its thick taproot's mineral mining and compaction-breaking. Flowering potatoes complement borage's star-shaped blue flowers.  

6. Petunias

Petunias are undervalued pest-repellents for potatoes. They can deter aphids, hornworms (yes, tomato hornworms eat potatoes), and potato pests. They also make lovely border plants that brighten the garden.  

7. Tansy

Weed tansy decreases potato and Japanese beetle pest pressure. This herb is anti-parasitic for humans and animals and creates a pollinator-friendly landscape. Tansy thrives in barren soil. Ensure local non-invasiveness.   

8. Cilantro/Coriander

You eat its leaves as cilantro. It becomes coriander when it flowers and seeds. Its rich perfume and umbel blossoms attract beneficial insects, making this crop beneficial in all forms. Potatoes, tomatoes, and their relatives are protected from aphids, spider mites, and beetles by cilantro.  

9. Catmint

The fragrant herb features violet-blue blooms and a strong minty flavor without the aggressive growth of regular mint. The plants develop swiftly into low mounds that are ideal for interplanting.  

10. Basil

Basil, like potatoes, needs full sun, moderate rain, and well-drained soil. It poses no hazard or competition at almost potato plant height. Basil's strong scent repels hornworms and flies.   

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