Firstly, why should you grow and consume Celery?
Consuming Celery will not harm, but mostly benefit your health. Celery is a great source of antioxidants, which will protect cells, organs from oxidative damage, and blood vessels.
Celery can also help support your digestion, thanks to the fact that Celery consists of 95% of water and that it has generous amounts of insoluble and soluble fiber.
Celery also has minerals, which your body needs for necessary bodily functions anyway, such as sodium, magnesium, and iron which can help with neutralizing acidic foods.
Companion planting in gardening means placing different species of plants in proximity to each other to help each other with, for example, exchanging nutrients, holding off pests, and much more.
Companion planting is perfect if you have limited gardening space or if you wish to maximize the outcome of whatever plant it is you are growing. This way you can also keep plants, that cannot help each other grow, far apart and place the plants that can help each other closer together.
The key to having a great outcome of using companion plantings is by making sure the plants you are choosing will go together well.
Best Companion Plants
Celery benefits from growing together with these plants:
This plant, used sparingly, can help improve the taste of Celery. Make sure to plant one Chamomile plant every 150 feet (45 meters) or so for each Celery plant, because Chamomile can spread very fast.
Chamomile can take control of an area rather quickly if left unsupervised. Because Chamomile is known to be invasive you should always have your eyes on the plant so it wouldn’t ruin your crop.
These flowers have a strong scent which will help keep away unwanted pests that might want to nibble your Celery. Also, Marigold will serve as a trap for slugs, which will stop slugs from reaching your Celery. Make sure to place Marigold plants at least two feet (60 cm) from your existing vegetables.
Marigolds also attract useful insects, such as ladybugs, lacewings, and parasitic wasps. These helpful insects will help get rid of any unwanted insects. Lastly, Marigolds also help remove bad nematodes.
Because a lot of animals and other insects want to munch on your Celery, Mint will be a must-have near your crop. Mint will deter all of those who wish to feast on your Celery.
Because Mint can be invasive you should keep the plant in a pot to better contain it. Mint’s strong scent will also help keep away any unwanted pests.
Thanks to thymes strong scent, rabbits, deer, and other animals and insects will keep away from your Celery. It is also a delicious herb used in many Mediterranean cuisines, so it’s a win-win!
This flower will brighten up your crop field with colors and elegance and attract helpful insects. These helpful insects and parasitic wasps will feast on any unwanted pests and insects. If placed correctly next to the Celery they can also provide shade.
Spinach has very similar growing conditions to Celery, making them very suitable for each other. Spinach will help keep the soil cool and moist and choke out any unwanted weeds. Spinach will be able to do this only if you place the plant tightly around the Celery.
Much like the others, Chives have a strong scent that will help scare away any unwanted visitors wishing to eat your Celery. Chives will also help improve the taste of your Celery.
Garlic will enhance the sweetness of your Celery and have anti-fungal properties that will work as a natural insect repellant within the soil.
Celery will help repel unwanted insects and pests, such as white cabbage moths whit its scent, in return the Cabbage leaves can provide shade for your Celery.
Celery will help fight off any whiteflies which may come near your Cucumber plant, in return Cucumber offers shade from the hot sun to the Celery. Cucumber sprawling leaves will also work as a natural mulch, preventing weeds from growing near your Celery.
Bush and Pole Beans
Celery will help repel insects such as bean beetles from these beans, the beans in return help fix nitrogen into the ground, providing the heavy feeding Celery with much-needed nutrients.
Bad Companion Plants
Make sure to keep Carrots, Turnips, and Parsnips away from your Celery. These plants have very similar growing conditions but all attract the same insects, pests, and animals, which makes keeping your crop whole much harder. These plants can easily disturb Celerys shallow roots during harvest season.
Celery is an excellent healthy vegetable, make sure to grow it around the correct plants to increase the yield of your crop and minimize problems to make gardening more enjoyable!