Whether you are growing zucchini and cucumbers or other members of the Cucurbitaceae family, there are a few things you should know before planting them in your garden. Using companion plants will help ensure you get a good crop and reduce the risk of pests and disease. This is especially important for small yards, where space is at a premium.
The best companion plants for zucchini and cucumbers are decorative flowering plants. This will not only attract beneficial insects, but will also help keep weeds and other pests away from your garden.
The best time to plant cucumbers is after the threat of frost has passed. They require full sun and a well-drained soil. Ideally, you want to plant your seeds when the soil temperature reaches 75 degrees Fahrenheit. However, planting dates vary by USDA hardiness zone. A great plant to help with your cucumbers is nasturtiums. These blooms attract aphids and are also edible for humans.
Borage is an annual herb that attracts beneficial insects. Borage also emits calcium back into the soil. It’s particularly popular with bees. Borage blooms from June through August. Borage is a natural pollinator for zucchini and cucumbers. Borage also naturally repels cucumber beetles. Borage is a delicious herb to use in your garden.
Another good companion plant for zucchini is marigolds. These flowers attract both beneficial and harmful predatory insects. Marigolds are also good for keeping away slugs. Marigolds also attract ladybugs, lacewings and whiteflies. This makes them a good choice for gardeners who are looking for a natural way to keep pests at bay.
Marigolds can also help keep squash bugs and vine borers away from your zucchini plants. This is good news for your zucchini, as these pests can be a real pain. However, you should note that they are a heavy feeder, and will compete for space and nutrients.
In addition, marigolds and dill are good companion plants for zucchini because they repel flea beetles and cucumber beetles. If you are worried about blight, you can spray garlic on your plants. Garlic contains sulfur compounds, which repel aphids. Garlic also protects against blight.
Another plant to consider planting in your zucchini and cucumber garden is radishes. These radishes are another great companion plant because they will keep the squash borers away from your zucchini. Radishes also provide a good source of calcium for your plants.
Other plants to consider growing in your garden include sage, fennel and basil. These plants will help keep cucumber beetles and grazing animals away from your garden. These plants will also ward off aphids and earworms. Fennel and basil are also good for culinary purposes. However, they can also interfere with other plants’ growth.
If you are looking for a great plant to use in your garden, consider using a plant called “The Three Sisters.” This is a gardening technique developed by indigenous people in North and Central America. These plants are planted together in a low, wide mound under bright direct sunlight. The goal of this technique is to keep the plants in close proximity to each other, which will help them to grow faster and produce a more productive crop.