What are the best companion plants for radishes?
Radish companions plants are the most popular plants to grow with radishes. They have many advantages over other types of vegetables.
They provide a variety of benefits to your garden.
They offer a good source of vitamins A, C, K and folate which may reduce the risk of developing certain cancers and heart diseases.
They are low maintenance and require little attention.
The following list contains some of the most common radish companions plants and their benefits:
1) Turnips – turnips are one of the best companion plants for radishes because they provide a wide range of nutrients.
They are high in vitamin C, potassium, calcium, manganese, magnesium and phosphorus. These nutrients help improve the growth rate of your radishes significantly.
2) Parsnip – parsnips are another very useful companion plant for radishes.
They provide a good amount of minerals such as iron, zinc, copper and manganese. They also contain high amounts of vitamins A, B6 and C.
Parsnips also contain beta carotene which helps protect against eye diseases.
3) Carrots – most people plant carrots with their radishes because the two plants have similar growing conditions.
Carrots contain high amounts of vitamin A, C and B6.
4) Beans – beans and peas can be used as a companion plant for radishes too.
They provide good amounts of fibre and help to protect against heart diseases and some types of cancer.
5) Garlic – garlic is not only great for your general health, but it also has insect repellent properties which protect your radish plants from common pests.
6) Onions – onions are another very useful plant to grow near your radish plants.
Like garlic it can repel many types of insects and it can also help prevent a type of disease that affects the roots of radishes.
7) Marigolds – marigolds are often used to keep pests away from different types of plants.
They have strong scents which can be annoying for some people, especially the pregnant women.
8) Mint – mint is another popular plant which has a very strong scent.
It can be used to repel insects like mosquitoes and some types of flies.
Sources & references used in this article:
Attraction, repellence, and predation: Role of companion plants in regulating Myzus persicae (Sulzer)(Hemiptera: Aphidae) in organic kale systems of south Texas by CR Moreno, AE Racelis – Southwestern Entomologist, 2015 – BioOne
Companion plants and how to use them by B Tiroesele – Journal of Plant and Pest Science, 2015
Companion plants for aphid pest management by H Philbrick, RB Gregg – 2012 – books.google.com
Pest repellent plants for management of insect pests of Chinese kale, Brassica oleracea L by L Riotte – 1998 – Storey Publishing
Radishes: A new cover crop for organic farming systems by R Ben-Issa, L Gomez, H Gautier – Insects, 2017 – mdpi.com
Great garden companions: a companion-planting system for a beautiful, chemical-free vegetable garden by S Kianmatee, SL Ranamukhaarachchi – Int. J. Agric. Biol, 2007 – researchgate.net