7 Strawberry Plant Companion Plants

Growing your strawberries near certain other plants can have a beneficial effect. Which companion plants go well with strawberries?

Strawberry companion planting has the potential to improve growing conditions, attract pollinators, manage pests, and make better use of available space. Since strawberries are prone to pests, it makes sense to grow them near pest-repellent plants. Other taller companion plants can also help shelter strawberries from the midday sun.

Strawberries reciprocate by acting as a beneficial living mulch that suppresses weed growth and keeps the soil cool and moist. Their companion plants range from fruits and vegetables to herbs and other plants.

1. Marigold

Marigolds are one of the most popular flowering plants. Its ability to bloom all summer long adds to its appeal. On the other hand, many gardeners value the common marigold for its ability to repel pests, bugs, and even invasive weeds. They protect against root-knot nematodes and mask the sweet smell of strawberries from harmful insects.

full bloom of orange marigold flower

2. Asparagus

Strawberries and asparagus go nicely together. It makes sense to plant them together because they are early spring crops that will start growing after the last frost date. They require similar growing conditions as well.

Another advantage is that both plants will not root to the same depth. As a result, the soil’s nutrient levels will remain unaffected. Both crops also benefit from mulching to boost yield and reduce weed growth.

asparagus plant growing in the garden

3. Alliums

Alliums include garlic, onions, chives, and leeks. Many garden pests, particularly slugs and snails that eat the strawberry plant’s leaves and fruits, are repulsed by their scent.

Alliums protect the rest of your crops from pests and diseases, including verticillium wilt, red spider mites, and aphids. On the other hand, the rapidly spreading strawberries provide shade to the soil, allowing its companion plants to continue growing in ideal conditions.

a growing edible leaves in the farm

4. Spinach

Spinach and various types of lettuce can stimulate growth in strawberry patches. Many gardeners believe that planting strawberries, lettuce, and spinach near each other boosts the yield of all three plants.

Spinach roots produce saponin, which possesses antifungal and antibacterial properties that function as a layer of defense for your sensitive strawberry plants. The leafy plants also help keep birds from eating ripe fruits.

fresh and young spinach plant

5. Legumes

Peas, bush beans, pole beans, and lupins are varieties of legumes. Beans are enjoyed for their nutty flavor as well as their health benefits.

Legumes fix nitrogen in the soil, allowing strawberries to absorb and use nutrients more efficiently. As a result, the plant can produce healthier green leaves. Bush beans may effectively deter garden beetles and other pests that feed on strawberry plants.

6. Borage

Borage’s bright blue flowers attract many pollinators, including predatory bees and parasitic wasps, butterflies, and other bees. These insects feed on garden pests that consume crops.

Borage adds trace minerals to the soil. Because of its benefits, some gardeners believe it helps increase the sweetness of strawberries. It is also a delicious and medicinal herb.

beautiful bright blue of borage flower

7. Herbs

Herbs like sage, dill, chives, coriander, thyme, caraway, and catnip are good companion plants for strawberries because they deter worms. The strong scent of these plants can repel certain insects, slugs, and pests.

A herb garden also attracts beneficial insects, which aid in the growth of your strawberry plants. However, certain herbs like mint should be cultivated in pots since they can take over a strawberry patch.

Carley Miller
Carley Miller is a horticultural expert at Bustling Nest. She previously owned a landscaping business for 25 years and worked at a local garden center for 10 years.
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