Have you decided to grow garlic in your garden? What a wonderful idea! This way you will have plenty of it and will not have to spend on a regular basis. Since this spice has the art of adding flavor and spice to dishes, it should never be missing in the kitchen! And the good news is that garlic offers numerous growth-promoting benefits for certain vegetables and fruits. But do you know where and, more importantly, next to which plants? To increase your harvest, you need to know how to recognize these good neighbors. How do you create a healthy and lush vegetable garden? Follow our advice to reap the benefits of garlic.

What fruits and vegetables are best planted near garlic?

First, let’s talk about the benefits of certain herbs that have a positive effect on garlic growth. So, if you want to improve the taste, go for savory and chamomile, which give a real boost to a better harvest. Yarrow, for its part, attracts pollinating insects and thus enhances the flavor of garlic. What flowers should be planted nearby to stimulate their development? Opt for capuchin cresses, they repel fleas and nematodes that destroy this plant. In addition, the most beneficial combinations for each of the parties are the following:

  1. Strawberries

Strawberries are great neighbors for growing larger, tastier garlic. And the strawberries, in turn, benefit from beneficial protection from fungi, slugs, and other soil pests that can’t tolerate garlic.

  1. Carrots

Sowing carrots next to garlic also protects them from flies and aphids.

  1. An orange tree

And if this spice grows near the roots of orange trees, it is much more productive.

  1. Lettuce

Lettuce is also an invaluable neighbor that stimulates its growth. Conversely, it benefits from proximity, as it is no longer threatened by slugs, aphids and other pests.

  1. Spinach

Is it a good idea to combine spinach with garlic? Absolutely yes, the two go hand in hand! The former shades the soil and inhibits the growth of weeds. Secondly, it protects them from parasites and diseases.

  1. Horseradish

Garlic and horseradish also go well together, increasing each other’s nutritional value.

  1. Beets

Oh yes, also consider growing beets in the area. This gives them a richer flavor and spares them from fungi and rodents. Garlic, for its part, is not surpassed: Beet roots loosen the soil and improve its structure.

What other plants can benefit from the protective power of garlic?

Many other plants can still benefit from the protective properties of garlic. It will not gain much itself, but it will save you a lot of trouble!

  1. Roses

Take roses, for example. If you plant them in the same place as garlic, they can safely bloom without fear of a massive invasion of ants, aphids, slugs and other fungi.

  1. Tomato

Garlic is also a lifesaver when growing tomatoes, eggplants and peppers. Each of these plants needs good protection against the Phytophthora fungus and other fungal diseases. And your tomatoes, often infested with aphids, will be significantly spared by growing garlic!

  1. potatoes

Potatoes, for example, also need protection from beetles. This is good, garlic is also a perfect weapon here!

  1. Apple tree, peach tree

Finally, this spice also acts as a barrier against aphids, mites and beetles that attack apple scab or peach leaves. Your fruit will thank you for it!

Where and how to plant garlic in the garden?

Now you have a clearer idea of the complementary qualities of garlic and its strong protective potential. Now let’s look at how to grow it in the best conditions! Ideally, garlic grows best in heavy, moist soil: it is best to overwinter it in a cold frame or unheated greenhouse, and then plant it out in the spring (in prepared soil 6  inches apart). How to proceed. Partially fill a modular tray with multipurpose or soil-based compost.  Insert a sleeve into each module and cover with compost. Then store the tray in a cool place (and most importantly, well ventilated!) to protect it from bad weather and extreme cold. Always make sure the compost is sufficiently moist, but especially not wet.

When is the best time to grow garlic?

Garlic is generally planted at the end of fall or beginning of winter, as it requires a cold period: Note that most varieties for a month or two, the period in which the bulb grows, require a very low temperature (32-50 °F) develops properly. However, other varieties can be planted in early spring. Important point: once you have prepared your planting site, carefully separate your garlic bulbs into individual cloves. Be sure to plant them the right way around, with the flat end down and the pointed end up. Place the pods 15 inches apart, with the tip 2.5 inches below the soil surface.  Advice: If the soil is light enough, planting them deeper may result in larger bulbs, but avoid planting them too deep if the soil is too heavy.

There can be larger bulbs by planting deeper but avoid planting them too deep if the soil is too heavy. And remember to place the rows 12 inches apart. As long as the pods are not yet well rooted, it is essential to prevent birds from tearing them off. To protect them, cover them with a garden veil.