Guild block planting

UPDATE: I have updated my Guild block planting recommendations based on a more comprehensive rotation system.

With all the variables of companion planting, I can’t remember which:

  • plants can be planted together
  • which plants can’t be planted together
  • and the plants that can and can’t be planted in the following rotation plan.

To get my head around this, I developed a guild based block planting plan:

  1. BB –  Beans and brassicas
  2. ARC – Roots and Cukes
  3. 3 sisters – Corn, pumpkin, beans
  4. Potatoes
  5. Celery & Leeks

And two auxilary guilds:

  1. GMw – winter green manure
  2. GMs – summer green manure

Rotation plan is:

BB => GMw => ARC => GMs => BB

Guild descriptions

Beans and Brassicas


  • Beans, peas and other legumes
  • Brassicas: broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, chinese vegetables, mizuna, radishes, landcress.
  • Fennel, dill, coriander
  • Tomatoes, climbing beans, basil
  • Eggplant, capsicum, bush beans, basil
  • Basil, Marigold (preferably Tagetes Minutae)

(plants on the same line are interchangeable)

Follow with Green Manure (winter)


Alliums, roots and cukes


  • Alliums: garlic, onions, spring onions, shallots
  • Root vegetables: carrots, parsnip, beetroot
  • Cucurbits: cucumber, zucchini, squash, melons, pumpkins
  • Lettuce, spinach, silverbeet, basil
  • Corn, sunflower

(plants on the same line are interchangeable)

Follow with Green Manure (summer)

3 sisters


  • Corn, sunflowers
  • Beans, peas, legumes
  • Pumpkin, melons

(plants on the same line are interchangeable)

Follow with Green Manure (winter)


  • Potatoes
  • Marigold (preferably Tagetes Minutae)
  • Corn, Beans, Horseradish
  • Tansy, nasturtium, coriander, and catnip

(plants on the same line are interchangeable)

Follow with oats, legumes, mustard, chrysanthemums, marigold.

Celery & Leeks

  • Celery, Leek

Follow with brassica, carrots, lettuce, wheat
Follow with beans, peas.

Green Manure (winter)

  • Oats
  • Broad beans, snow peas, BQ mulch, wooly pod vetch, fenugreek, lupins
  • Mustard greens

(plants on the same line are interchangeable)

Green Manure (summer)

  • Clover, buckwheat, cowpea, chickpea, lucerne, mungbeans
  • Nasturtium, marigold, sweet pea, borage, alyssum, basil, caraway, coriander, cosmos, dill, baby’s breath, alfalfa, radish, butterfly flower, dianthus

(plants on the same line are interchangeable)

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