Growing peppers at home has always been popular and it is easy to understand why when you consider that the plants themselves are relatively easy to propagate and for you to eventually get some amazing peppers to add to your recipes.
However, at the same time there are ways in which you can improve the harvest and general growth of peppers and it is all to do with the concept of companion planting. This is where it is acknowledged that certain plants go well together as they are mutually beneficial to one another either in nutrients or keeping certain pests and diseases away from one another.
You see, there is a problem with peppers in that they are very susceptible to a variety of diseases and pests and clearly that is going to be something that you do not want to tackle on your own. The fact that certain plants can assist with this is just an added bonus and we will look at 32 different plants that may be more beneficial than you perhaps realize.
Basil is the king of herbs and it is popular around the world, but not only is it a wonderful herb to grow on its own but it is also believed that it is going to be beneficial to peppers and actually enhance their flavor. Furthermore, studies have shown that it can also help to keep aphids flies, thrips and spider mites away from your pepper plant and that is never going to be a bad thing.
Chives is another favorite when it comes to companion planting and thanks to the aroma that it gives off you are going to find that a number of pests are not going to want to go anywhere near your peppers. Aphids and various other insects are included and it is also accepted that chives are capable of enhancing the flavor of your peppers as well.
You might not have expected the humble carrot to make a difference, but growing them beside peppers can help to eliminate various weeds. Also, they are believed to also enhance the growth of the peppers and they are capable of helping to steer away various pests.
Onions are known to stop aphids and slugs from attacking your pepper plants and it is because of the aroma that they give off which various insects hate. They can also prevent cabbage worms from taking hold as well and they can really destroy your plant.
Chard is very easy to grow and at the same time it helps to eliminate various weeds from peppers and also provide them with some additional shade. In other words, chard can improve the overall growing conditions for your peppers which is always going to be useful.
Once again, just like chard, lettuce is going to work by helping to keep various weeds out as well as enhancing the growth of your peppers. They can work well with one another and will not be competing for nutrients.
Spinach just seems to go well with peppers and they are not going to provide too much shade that could be detrimental to your peppers. They can encourage one another to grow without offering too much competition.
Even though okra is not exactly the most popular of things to grow, it can help your peppers by keeping away primarily aphids. Remember that aphids can cause all kinds of damage to your peppers so doing anything to keep them away is going to be beneficial.
Leeks come from the same family as onions and garlic and once again their aroma is going to keep away various bugs and insects. However, the primary insect that they can repel are carrot flies which can still attack your peppers even though their name would suggest otherwise.
Radishes are wonderful to plant alongside peppers as they go well together in a salad. They can be difficult to get going but once you do have them started then they do not take too long to grow and they will not fight against the pepper plant for nutrients.
Beets are amazing, but when it comes to them complimenting pepper plants then the main way in which they do this is by keeping the soil moist which is always useful in encouraging additional growth in your peppers. Also, they go well together in a salad.
Corn is a cool plant to grow and it is going to prove useful in helping peppers as they are known to trap aphids which can cause absolute chaos. Also, they can stop some of the light from hitting the peppers as some shade will also be beneficial.
Beans are helpful for peppers as they are great at increasing the nitrogen in the soil which the pepper plant then needs in order to grow. In other words, they can help to provide extra feeding for the pepper plants so you can expect a healthier crop.
Some argue that you should never put these two plants together but that is not always the case. The main way in which they help one another is by providing some extra shade on the soil and this can be beneficial in a number of ways. Also, the two go together well in so many dishes so growing them together just seems to make so much sense.
Asparagus is another companion plant that you might want to use as it is going to aid the growth of pepper plants as well as just being a great addition to the space. However, do not expect instant results as asparagus is a slow grower so patience is going to be required on your part.
Garlic is of course from the same family as chives and onions and that also means that the aroma from it is going to work as a wonderful deterrent for so many bugs and insects. Their main use will be for beetles and aphids as both of them can destroy your pepper plant in next to no time.
If you have never thought about putting squash and peppers together, then it is perhaps time to change your opinion. You see, the large leaves of the squash plant will give some shade to the soil so it is not going to dry out as quickly and as your peppers do love a bit of moisture then you can see how this can be advantageous to you.
Oregano is the kind of herb that can grow well anywhere and without any complications. It is going to offer some protection thanks to its aroma but it will also cover bare soil and, once again, reduce the chances of it drying out too quickly and causing all kinds of health problems with your pepper plants.
In the case of peppers, then dill is going to be your friend. It is believed that dill can help the pepper plant to produce more flowers and, therefore, a better harvest and at the same time it is going to repel aphids which are major pests. However, you do not have to plant too much of it to make a difference.
Parsley is another herb that goes well with so many plants and in the case of peppers its main benefit will be in covering the soil and keeping some of the moisture in it. Also, because parsley is not too tall it does mean that it is not going to compete against the peppers so it really is a complimentary plant.
Marjoram is fascinating in that it is believed to be able to enhance the flavor of the plants that are growing near it so you can eagerly anticipate having superior peppers that have a flavor that will blow your mind away. You must also remember that it is pretty tasty all on its own as well.
Buckwheat is a bit different to everything that has gone before it in that it is known to attract pollinators that will help the plant to grow and, at the same time, it can also repel various insects that could pose all kinds of problems. You will also find that it draws in a number of beneficial insects as well.
Rosemary is a firm favorite in the garden and in the case of helping pepper plants then it is going to help cover the soil and reduce the amount of moisture that is lost via evaporation. This will then lead to the pepper plants growing even better than before as they are not losing all of those important nutrients.
Cucumbers may not provide any real benefits by being planted alongside peppers apart from the fact that they can grow quite comfortably with one another and also they will not compete for nutrients. They are both easy to grow so it is no surprise that people will often put them together.
Eggplant is from the same family of plants as peppers so you would automatically expect the two of them to go well together. They enjoy the same conditions and nutrients and can live quite happily beside one another which is one reason why you might want to consider growing them at the same time.
You might not have expected parsnip to appear, but it is yet another plant that can be used for companion planting in this instance. It can help to control weeds around your pepper plants and it will also provide some shade on the soil stopping it from drying out so quickly.
The humble pea is also going to be beneficial to you when it comes to planting peppers and it is because of the way in which they help to fix some nitrogen into the soil. Your pepper plants will then feed off this nitrogen and clearly that is the going to lead to improved growth.
Geraniums are more than just nice to look at. Instead, they can also help your pepper plants as they can repel a number of insects that could cause all kinds of problems and in particular help against the likes of cabbage worms and various beetles that will just eat away at your produce.
29. French Marigolds.
French Marigolds are actually known for their ability to repel various insects and diseases from different plants and the pepper plant is no different. They will fight back against beetles, aphids, bugs and nematodes and also enhance the growth of your peppers at the same time.
Petunias are also nice to look at but there is a helpful side to them as well. They are brilliant at deterring asparagus beetles as well as aphids and leafhoppers which can all spell disaster if they are able to attack your plants.
Lovage may not be as popular as others, but this is a plant that is going to offer some protection to your pepper plants. Generally speaking, it is known to help the overall health of plants and even if that is something that is not fully understood you really have nothing to lose by giving it a go.
Nasturtium is a firm favorite and the way in which it helps your pepper plants can be rather specific. It is known to boost the flavor and the overall growth of your peppers while also deterring aphids and various other bugs that are quite common so adding them nearby makes so much sense.
So, there you have it, a total of 32 different plants that are going to work well along with your pepper plants and as you can see they do have different ways of helping you. Some will keep bugs away, some will improve growth, and some will improve flavor but the main thing is that they do make a difference and you have nothing to lose by giving them a go.