Planting companions has a long and illustrious history. For hundreds of years, people have recognized the benefits (and drawbacks) of growing specific plant species in close proximity to one another, and many books have been written on the subject.
Surprisingly, many of these correlations have scientific origins that are unknown. However, the concepts are applicable to a wide range of plants, and the positive symbiotic connections can be measured.
Increased biodiversity is always a good thing, but growing a variety of plants in close proximity can have multiple advantages. Pest control and enhanced yield are two of the most important advantages.
Many resources are available to assist in the development of a garden that thrives on the mutual cooperation and interconnectedness of well-planned companion planting patterns. The goal of this piece, on the other hand, is to discuss whether you can plant strawberries and watermelon together.
Is Planting Strawberries and Watermelon Together a Good Idea?
Strawberries can be planted with summer melons like muskmelons, cantaloupe, and watermelons, as well as winter melons like Persian, Crenshaw, casaba, and honeydew. They need at least six to eight hours of direct sunlight each day to thrive.
Two weeks following the last hard frost, plant winter melon seeds or seedlings in the garden. Three to four weeks after the most recent frost, plant summer melon seeds or seedlings.
Melons need at least a four-foot diameter area per mound to grow, but smaller kinds may be planted in a more limited space.
What are Other Good Companion Plants for Strawberries?
In the garden bed, asparagus and strawberries are natural interplanting partners. They both sprout from the ground soon after the last frost, spreading their roots on opposite planes of the soil. These two garden companions actively utilize the soil without competing with one another, thereby contributing to nutrient return.
Garden beetles and other pests that feed on strawberry plants are easily repelled by bush beans. Beans also provide helpful nitrogen to the soil as they grow, feeding and boosting the fruit output of neighboring strawberries.
Borage is an herb that doubles as a strawberry plant in the garden. Not only does borage keep harmful insects away from the strawberry patch, but it also attracts helpful insects and pollinators.
Caraway attracts insects that feed on bugs that can harm strawberries significantly. Parasitic flies and wasps, for example, will protect strawberries from fruit-eating pests like aphids and mites.
What Should You Not Plant with Strawberries?
Unfortunately, some plants are not meant to be planted together and, if employed as companions, they can lead to the death of your strawberries. Strawberry plants are susceptible to a disease known as verticillium in this scenario. Tomatoes, potatoes, eggplant, peppers, roses, okra, and mint are just a few of the plants that can cause this devastating illness in strawberry plants.
Strawberries are also not the finest friends for cabbage plants. They are not only bad neighbors, but they are also damaging neighbors, as they prevent cabbage family members from growing. Collard greens, kale cauliflower, kohlrabi, bok choy, and Brussels sprouts are some of the most common cabbage varieties.
What are Other Good Companion Plants for Watermelon?
Watermelon companion plants like radishes are advantageous because they deter insect pests that damage watermelon.
Cucumber beetles are serious pests that attack watermelon, and if left untreated, they will spread bacterial wilt to the fruit. When fruit production begins, watermelon wilts and dies due to bacterial wilt.
Lamb’s quarter, also known as Chenopodium album, is a weed, but one that we consider to be beneficial.
When permitted to grow alongside watermelon, lamb’s quarter increases the vitality and mineral content of the fruit. Lamb’s quarters are high in a variety of vitamins and minerals.
Garlic, chives, shallots, leeks, and onions are all members of the Allium family. When alliums are placed around a watermelon, they aid in boosting its health and vitality by repelling insect pests.
Flea beetles, whitefly, and black fly are all pests that damage watermelon, and alliums repel them.
When planted near watermelon, oregano is an aromatic herb that helps its health.
Oregano has a strong odor that keeps predators away from watermelon plants while attracting beneficial pollinators like hoverflies and lacewings.
To produce the tastiest fruit, the watermelon plant needs pollinators. Fruit development is controlled by bees that fly from bloom to flower along with the vines of the watermelon.
What Should You Not Plant with Watermelons?
Watermelons should not be planted near cucumbers or other Cucurbitae family members since they are all bitten by cucumber beetles:
- Pumpkins made from summer squash/zucchini
- Squash in the winter
- Potatoes can attract a variety of aphid species, including the melon aphid, so don’t put them near watermelons.
Despite the fact that tomatoes and peppers are not affected by the same aphid species as watermelons, planting them close together is not recommended due to space constraints. Keep in mind that poor air circulation in a densely planted garden plot can hasten the spread of plant diseases, particularly in plants with dense foliage like tomatoes.
Aphids are particularly fond of asters and sunflowers, as well as roses. They attract the most aphid species, which is why they aren’t suitable neighbors for watermelons, either.
Now that you know if strawberries and watermelons can be planted together, start working on your garden, and don’t worry about keeping the two plants worlds apart.