Community Garden

Let’s Grow Together

Open to NKC Clients, this 18-week garden program, in partnership with Plainsong Farm​, 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.

There are still spots available to earn NKC Client VIP credit towards fresh fruits and vegetables from our Farm Stand by volunteering in the Community Garden.

Beverly Bouma, our Market Coordinator, and Leslie Murphy, a Master Gardener Intern/Trainee from MSU, showcase our community garden as well discuss the concept of “companion planting.”

Clients in the program will be able to view educational videos to assist with the items in the garden from Mike Edwardson of Plainsong Farm. For more information, call Catherine Landers 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