07/28/2010 12:13 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Companion Planting Guide (PHOTOS)

Companion planting is one of the most beneficial and miraculous gardening techniques. Whether you decide to match vegetables with other vegetables, vegetables with herbs, or vegetables with your favorite flowers, this symbiotic relationship benefits you, your garden and the environment. Companion planting increases harvest rates, serves as natural pest control, fertilizes soil, creates shade and reaps an impressive garden.

Did you know that lettuce is a companion plant to carrots, radishes, cucumbers and strawberries? Or that beans improve herb growth?

Before you marry off your garden, check out our slideshow of seven options for companion planting. As always, we want to hear from you. Tell us about your successful companion planting pairings in the comments.

PHOTOS: The Miraculous World Of Companion Planting