Community Garden

Let’s Grow Together

Open to NKC clients, this garden program is designed to grow new gardeners, develop a new network of gardening partners, and support community health by providing fresh, seasonal produce for neighbors experiencing economic hardship.

Beverly Bouma, our Food Programs Manager, and Leslie Murphy, a Master Gardener, showcase our community garden as well discuss the concept of “companion planting.”

We have a limited number of garden packs available for NKC clients to take and plant in their yards. This program requires an 18-week commitment to earn up to $20 credit per month (to be used at the North Kent Connect Farm Stand).

NKC will plant a garden on site, and clients will have the opportunity to earn credit by signing up for one-hour shifts to volunteer in the garden, if unable to grow one at home. Participants will receive a 5’ x 3’ Garden Pack and one Garden Notebook.

In-person and virtual classes will be held from June through September. Once per month we will host in-person classes to talk about what is currently growing in the garden, share tips on how to increase plant productivity, and answer any questions. We will also have local farmers and producers attend and share information. Program participants will have the opportunity to view all available gardening videos through our website client portal.

For more information, or to register, please contact North Kent Connect at (616) 866-3478, or email: catherine.landers@nkconnect.org

Get ready to garden! #LetsGrowTogether

Non-Clients can still join us for tips and recipes throughout the summer.

Companion Planting

What is companion planting?

Companion planting is the practice of growing certain plants together for a beneficial effect such as protection from pests. Larger vegetables may also be used to protect smaller plants and seedlings from harsh winds or as a climbing support, while sprawling crops such as squashes can be used to suppress weeds around tall crops like corn.

Why does it matter?

The reason companion planting makes sense is for a few reasons: First, many companion plants are already things you would grow in your garden. By moving these plants around, you can get the best performance from them. Second, many companion vegetable plants help to deter pests, which helps to decrease the amount of pesticides and effort it takes to keep your garden pest free. Third, vegetable companion planting frequently also increases the yields of the plants. This means you get more food from the same space. Below is a vegetable companion planting list:

Vegetable Companion Planting List Plant Companions

  • Asparagus—basil, parsley, pot marigold, tomatoes
  • Beets—bush beans, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, Chinese cabbage, garlic, kale, kohlrabi, lettuce, onions
  • Broccoli—beets, celery, cucumbers, dill, garlic, hyssop, lettuce, mint, nasturtium, onions, potatoes, rosemary, sage, spinach, swiss chard
  • Brussels Sprouts—beets, celery, cucumbers, dill, garlic, hyssop, lettuce, mint, nasturtium, onions, potatoes, rosemary, sage, spinach, swiss chard
  • Bush Beans—beets, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, Chinese cabbage, corn, cucumbers, eggplants, garlic, kale, kohlrabi, peas, potatoes, radishes, strawberries, swiss chard
  • Cabbage—beets, celery, cucumbers, dill, garlic, hyssop, lettuce, mint, nasturtium, onions, potatoes, rosemary, sage, spinach, swiss chard
  • Carrots—beans, chives, lettuce, onions, peas, peppers, radishes, rosemary, sage, tomatoes
  • Cauliflower—beets, celery, cucumbers, dill, garlic, hyssop, lettuce, mint, nasturtium, onions, potatoes, rosemary, sage, spinach, swiss chard
  • Celery—beans, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, Chinese cabbage, chives, garlic, kale, kohlrabi, nasturtium, tomatoes
  • Corn—beans, cucumbers, melons, parsley, peas, potatoes, pumpkin, squash, white geranium
  • Cucumber—beans, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, Chinese cabbage, corn, kale, kohlrabi, marigold, nasturtium, oregano, peas, radishes, tansy, tomatoes
  • Eggplant—beans, marigold, peppers Kale beets, celery, cucumbers, dill, garlic, hyssop, lettuce, mint, nasturtium, onions, potatoes, rosemary, sage, spinach, swiss chard
  • Kohlrabi—beets, celery, cucumbers, dill, garlic, hyssop, lettuce, mint, nasturtium, onions, potatoes, rosemary, sage, spinach, swiss chard
  • Lettuce—beets, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, Chinese cabbage, chives, garlic, kale, kohlrabi, onions, radishes, strawberries
  • Melons—corn, marigold, nasturtium, oregano, pumpkin, radishes, squash
  • Onions—beets, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, chamomile, cauliflower, carrots, Chinese cabbage, kale, kohlrabi, lettuce, peppers, strawberries, summer savory, swiss chard, tomatoes
  • Parsley—asparagus, corn, tomatoes
  • Peas—beans, carrots, chives, corn, cucumbers, mint, radishes, turnip
  • Peppers—carrots, eggplants, onions, tomato
  • Pole Beans—broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, Chinese cabbage, corn, cucumbers, eggplants, garlic, kale, kohlrabi, peas, potatoes, radishes, strawberries, swiss chard
  • Potatoes—beans, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, Chinese cabbage, corn, eggplants, horseradish, kale, kohlrabi, marigold, peas
  • Pumpkins—corn, marigold, melons, nasturtium, oregano, squash
  • Radishes—beans, carrots, chervil, cucumbers, lettuce, melons, nasturtium, peas
  • Spinach—broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, Chinese cabbage, kale, kohlrabi, strawberries
  • Strawberry—beans, borage, lettuce, onions, spinach, thyme
  • Summer Squash—borage, corn, marigold, melons, nasturtium, oregano, pumpkins
  • Swiss Chard—beans, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, Chinese cabbage, kale, kohlrabi, onions
  • Tomatoes—asparagus, basil, bee balm, borage, carrots, celery, chives, cucumbers, mint, onions, parsley, peppers, pot marigold
  • Turnips—peas, winter wquash corn, melons, pumpkins, borage, marigold, nasturtium, oregano