Companion plants for herbs

Basil Companions

Growing Basil

(tips on growing basil in your garden)

Potted Basil Plant

There’s tons of information on the web about companion planting but the focus is often on vegetables and not companion planting herbs. Our Herb Garden decided to research and build our own guide to companion planting herbs. This page discusses growing basil and basil companion planting.

Basil Companion Planting

Basil companion planting will help asparagus, beans, beets, cabbage, chili and bell peppers, eggplant, marigolds, oregano, potatoes and tomatoes.

Tomatoes benefit from basil companion planting. Growing tomatoes and basil near each other is said to make each crop taste better. One expert did suggest that the only benefit of planting basil and tomatoes together was the ability to harvest them at the same time but I read numerous gardeners reporting that their tomatoes, basil or both plants seemed to benefit from the pairing.

Companion Plants for Basil

Companion planting basil with chamomile will be beneficial to the growth of your basil plants.

Common rue and sage are poor companion plants for basil and should not be grown near basil.

Basil & Anise

One of our sources said that growing anise near basil is beneficial and another listed anise as a bad basil companion plant. Another source explained that anise will cause the essential oil production of basil to increase. If you are growing enough of each type of plant, perhaps try planting a single pair of plants together to see how it goes.

Basil & Insects

Basil makes a great companion plant because it attracts butterflies to your garden and repels many harmful insects. It is said that basil repels aphids, asparagus beetles, mosquitoes, tomato hornworms and white flies. But, another source I found reported that aphids go after young basil plants (personally, I think those little monsters will eat anything they can find). Basil is also reputed to slow the growth of milkweed bugs.

Insect control with basil may be improved by avoiding overhead irrigation, increasing organic matter in the soil and ensuring the basil plants are not overcrowded.

Additional Basil Information

(Ocymum basilicum)

You can learn more about growing basil, harvesting basil and some common uses of basil on our basil growing guide.

Worshiped in some countries and associated with hate and poverty in others, basil has an interesting history. To learn more about the history of this culinary herb, please check out our history of basil page.

Basil and Tomatoes and Garlic – Oh YUM!

What could be better than a garden blooming with basil, tomatoes and fresh garlic? That would be Doug Oster’s book dedicated to this trio of garden goodness. Oster is a well-known gardener. He has his own radio program in Pittsburgh, is a syndicated newspaper columnist and is a regular guest on Martha Stewart’s radio program. Tomatoes Garlic Basil: The Simple Pleasures of Growing and Cooking Your Garden’s Most Versatile Veggies is full of tips on growing these three staples of every Italian kitchen. It also features a number of recipes Oster and his wife picked up on their trip to Italy.

But, this isn’t just another gardening or recipe book. This is a book written by a gifted storyteller who will both educate and entertain you as he shares pieces of his life and the lives of people like Fred Limbaugh with you. Mr. Limbaugh may be familiar to Pennsylvania area gardeners but his name was new to me – he is fondly remembered for a species of tomatoes with leaves that look like those of a potato plant. Oster talks about Fred, his semi-famous tomatoes and all sorts of other gardening adventures.

Could it be that tomato and basil go together even better than, say, peanut butter and jelly?

By Michael Gesling

Well folks, it’s that time of year again: spring! Sure, some of you may have been gardening for most of your lives and have it figured out. But for the vast majority of us, every season is an adventure in learning about growing food. Take me, for example. Though I work as a Bonnie Plants sales rep based in Rhoadesville, Virginia and am also a longtime gardener, it wasn’t until relatively recently that I discovered “companion planting” – the idea that certain plant varieties grow better when placed near other specific varieties. Here’s what happened.

A few years ago, in an attempt to make better use of my time and available water resources, I wised up and invested in a drip watering system and timer. The emitters on my ready-made drip tubing were spaced in nine-inch intervals, but the tomatoes I was planting required 18 inches between them. I laid out my drip system and turned it on for about five minutes, long enough to leave visible wet spots. Then, I went back and placed my tomato plants at every other wet spot in the row. This provided perfect spacing and direct watering to the plants — great. But what about the other drip spots between the tomato plants?

Growing basil alongside your tomatoes may just yield you a bigger crop than you expect.

After doing some research, I came across some articles on “companion planting” tomatoes with basil. Now, like virtually anyone else who likes to cook, I can attest to the brilliance of this pairing after harvesting. But I had never considered forming the same combination during the growing season. These articles suggested that if I were to place these two varieties close together, the plants would share nutrients under the soil surface, the tomatoes would have enhanced flavor (since flavor comes from the soil), and the aroma from the basil would help confuse insects seeking tomatoes to eat. That made sense to me, so I planted a basil plant in each unused wet spot in my tomato row.

The results astounded me! From just the 10 heirloom tomato plants in that row, I was able to harvest approximately 200 pounds of the best tasting tomatoes I could remember growing. In addition, each of the nine basil plants grew to about four feet tall.

This particular companion planting pair has worked extremely well for me ever since – so well, in fact, that I’ve continued to look for other great pairings. My next adventure: planting sage with my bush beans, as sage reportedly deters many bean parasites.

Michael Gesling

So take it from me: When you grab your Bonnie tomato plants, don’t forget the basil!

Tomato Companions: Learn About Plants That Grow With Tomatoes

Tomatoes are one of the most popular crops to grow in the home garden, sometimes with less than desirable results. To boost your yields, you might try companion planting next to tomatoes. Luckily in the case of tomatoes, there are many suitable tomato plant companions. If you are new to companion planting, the following article will give you some insight into plants that grow well with tomatoes.

Companions for Tomatoes

When we are talking about companions for tomatoes, we aren’t talking about the type of support humans get from friends and family, but in a sense, maybe we are.

Companion planting is a form of polyculture, or using multiple crops in the same space to the mutual benefit of each – much as humans benefit from those we interact with. These benefits include pest and disease control, aid in pollination and offering refuge for beneficial insects, all of which will increase crop yields.

Companion planting also increases the diversity of the garden, much as mankind’s diversity has been increased with various ethnicities, religions and cultures. This merging brings out our strengths but it can also bring out our weaknesses. The same

is true when growing tomato plant companions. The right tomato companions will engender a healthier plant with better fruit yields. The wrong tomato companions can have disastrous results.

Companion Planting Next to Tomatoes

Plants that grow with tomatoes can include vegetables, herbs and flowers.

Vegetables

Plants that grow well with tomatoes include all the members of the onion family such as chives, onions and garlic. Their pungent odor is said to deter insect pests.

Peppers, both sweet and hot, are excellent companion plants. Probably since they are related; they are both in the nightshade family.

Many greens, such as spinach, lettuce, and arugula, enjoy the company of tomatoes and benefit from the shade provided by the taller tomato plants.

Carrots are also plants that grow well with tomatoes. Carrots can be started when the tomato plants are small and will grow in conjunction and are then ready to harvest about the time the tomato plants are taking over the space.

Asparagus and tomatoes, when planted together, get mutual benefits. For the tomatoes, the close proximity of asparagus wards off nematodes and for the asparagus the nearness of tomatoes repels asparagus beetles.

Herb plants and flowers

Borage deters tomato hornworm.

Parsley and mint are also good companion herbs for tomatoes and deter a number of pests.

Basil is also a favorable plant to grow near tomatoes and purportedly increases not only the vigor of the tomatoes, but their flavor as well.

Flowers such as marigolds keep nematodes from attacking tomato plants and their sharp odor confuses other insects.

Nasturtiums help to deter whiteflies as well as aphids.

Plants to Avoid Planting with Tomatoes

Plants that should not share space with tomatoes include the Brassicas, such as broccoli and cabbage.

Corn is another no-no and tends to attract tomato fruit worm and/or corn ear worm.

Kohlrabi thwarts the growth of tomatoes and planting tomatoes and potatoes increases the chance of potato blight disease.

Fennel shouldn’t be planted near tomatoes, or near much of anything else actually. It inhibits the growth of the tomatoes and many other types of plants too.

Companion planting with culinary and medicinal herbs can increase vegetable yields, improve the health of the soil, repel pests, and encourage beneficial soil micro-organisms that make soil nutrients more bioavailable to vegetables. Intentionally and strategically planting herbs near vegetables can make your vegetable garden grow better and increase your yields. Plus just planting some of these herbs near your garden can increase the biodiversity of your garden. You don’t need to plant a lot of companion herbs to make a big difference either. Just a few strategically placed companion plants can make a meaningful difference in the health of your plants and the yields from your garden.

What is companion planting?

Companion planting is using herbs or vegetables strategically next to other herbs and vegetables to cause beneficial results in both plants. The plants form a symbiotic relationship with each other that enhances the growth of both. Sometimes companion plants increase the minerals available in the root zone of their companions enhancing growth. Sometimes the companion has highly scented leaves or flowers that confuse plant pests, or attract predatory insects or birds that feed on plant pests. Other times the companion herb is a general tonic to the whole garden, as is the case with chamomile and calendula.

How to use companion planting strategically

To use companion planting strategically you need to understand what each companion plant offers to the garden and know which plants to plant them near. You don’t need a whole row of companion plants. A single dill plant within an area of 20 broccoli plants is enough to deter cabbage white butterflies. A basil plant growing at either end of a row of tomato plants is enough to enhance the flavor of the tomatos in the row. Many Mediterranean herbs that attract pollinators can be placed in the borders around the garden where they won’t be watered with the same schedule as the garden vegetables, thereby keeping them a little drier and happier. The key is to understand the needs of each of the companions and use them in the garden in a way that lets them be their best.

Where there was a definite pest problem in previous years, planting more companion plants that address the pest problem this season can help to bring the garden back into balance and increase biodiversity, without resorting to poisonous chemicals that harm both beneficial insects and pests. For instance where an apple tree suffered with codling moth or aphids last season, planting onions or chives in a circle around the trees, and then planting lavender in the rows between trees will help prevent a reoccurance.

How to use herbs in companion planting

There are many herbs that can act as companion plants in your vegetable garden. Some attract beneficial insects to increase pollination and to predate pests. Others work in the root zone to enhance the bioavailability of nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium by increasing beneficial soil microbes. Many of these companion herbs improve the health of soil and act as a tonic to the whole garden just as they are medicinal tonics in the herbal apothecary.

  • Echinacea attracts beneficial insects to the garden that prey on insect pest.
  • Plant basil with tomatoes, peppers, and eggplant to enhance their flavors.
  • Nasturtium improves the flavor of tomatoes. It is attractive to aphids and is often used as a trap crop to capture them away from other plants. Nasturtium provides nectar for bees and other pollinators. Since it grows close to the ground it provides hiding spaces for spiders and predatory ground beetles.
  • Grow lavender with apple and pear trees. The strongly scented leaves and flowers repel codling moth and other caterpillars and moths. Bees and hummingbirds are attracted to lavender, too.
  • Anise Hyssop attracts bees and other pollinators. Plant it a row away from your garden to act as a magnet for cabbage butterflies and keep them away from your cabbages, broccoli, and kale.
  • Borage is beneficial with tomatoes and cabbage family plants. It deters tomato hornworm and cabbage butterflies. It attracts pollinators so plant it around squash, melons, and cucumber plants to increased pollination. Borage improves the soil and is good for the compost pile.
  • Chives, garlic, Welsh or Egyptian Onions are companions for fruit trees, carrots, beets, strawberries, cabbage, and lettuce but avoid planting alliums near peas or beans. Allium plants repel carrot rust fly, aphids, and Japanese beetles, as well as fruit tree borers. Chives and Egyptian onions accumulate potassium and calcium in their leaves, making them a good choice for chop and drop fertilizer during the growing season. These two alliums will regrow after they are cut, and can be trimmed two or three times during the growing season.
  • Thyme is a garden tonic herb. It enhances the flavor of strawberries and repels cabbage white butterflies from the broccoli bed. Thyme attracts hover flies which feed on aphids. But like other Mediterranean herbs it doesn’t like to have it’s feet wet, so plant it where it won’t get the weekly sprinkler rotation.
  • Sunflowers enhance the growth of corn, maize, and popcorn. The ray flowers are rich food for pollinators. Sunflowers also attract hummingbirds which eat white flies, ants, aphids, mites, and mosquitoes. Plant them in the border as these tall plants can shade other crops in your garden.

Companion planting with umbellifers

Dill, fennel, lovage, cilantro, and parsley are examples of Umbelliferae or Apiaceae family plants that includes carrots, celery, and parsnip, as well as Queen Anne’s Lace. This family of plants is characterized by deep tap roots, hollow stems and flat topped florescence with scores of tiny, nectar-rich flowers forming the umbell on each stem. The nectar in these tiny flowers is very attractive to beneficial insects including both pollinators and predatory insects.

Lady bugs often hide between the tiny flowers. Predatory wasps, hover flies, lacewings, and other predatory insects are attracted by the nectar. These beneficial insects prey on caterpillars, aphids, and other pests in the garden. Just planting blooming umbellifers in the garden increases the biodiversity because of the nectar rich flowers. This balances the ecosystem and prevents critical infestations that destroy vegetable crops.

The umbelliferae family also attract swallow tail butterflies that lay their eggs on the branches. So leave a few stems in the garden to overwinter so that more of these beautiful butterflies can populate your garden.

There’s only one umbellifer that should NOT be planted in your vegetable garden. Fennel should be planted away from other vegetables. It inhibits their growth. Consider fennel a lone ranger and plant it on the outskirts of the garden away from other veggies and away from dill. Fennel and dill cause flavor-loss in each other. But fennel is such a good medicinal herb for colic and other tummy pains, that you should definitely have it in your herbal apothecary. Just plant it in a corner by itself.

Herbs with super powers for companion planting

The following herbs are beneficial companion plants throughout the garden. They bioaccumulate minerals in leaves and flowers. They attract pollinating insects as well as predatory insects. They also deter pests. Plant them freely throughout the garden and on the edges of the garden to improve the soil, to help other plants grow better, and to increase the biodiversity of insect and birdlife in your garden.

  • Chamomile is a nurse plant to other plants. It accumulates potassium, calcium, and sulfur and returns it to the soil when it dies back. It attracts pollinators and beneficial insects. It sucks up nutrients like calcium, phosphorous, and potassium from deep in the soil and then adds them to the soil when it is used as mulch. When planted near other plants it improves vigor and yields. Chamomile, when planted near onions improves their flavor. Chamomile attracts parasitic wasps which feed on caterpillars, protecting plants from damage. Plant it near brassica family plants.
  • Calendula is a tonic plant for the whole garden. Its roots form active relationships with soil microbes and beneficial fungi which helps the whole garden. The plant suppresses root nematodes in much the same way that marigolds do. The flowers are rich in nectar and resin making calendula a benefical plant for pollinators offering medicine as well as food to bees. It attracts predatory insects that prey on garden pests. It is another plant that accumulates minerals in its leaves. Calendula is also used on land as a mop up for dangerous levels of cadmium– however when used for this service it should not be composted nor used as food or medicine, since the cadmium will remain in the leaves and flowers.
  • Yarrow is from the ‎Asteraceae family, but like the Umbelliferae family plants its mass of tiny flowers form umbel shaped florescence. Like the Umbelliferae plants yarrow is very attractive to pollinators and predatory insects like ladybugs, and lacewings. Yarrow also bioaccumulates copper, potassium, and phosphorous and when used as a mulch or allowed to break down in the soil, it adds these nutrients to the soil.
  • Marigolds are strongly scented and kill root nematodes that can damage vegetable crops and flowers. Chop them and drop them on the soil surface at the end of the season or dig them into the garden once the flowers have faded with frost. The flowers of Aztec Marigold are high in lutein and zeaxanthin, two important antioxidant flavinoids for eye health. So save the flowers for medicinal use when you compost the plants at the end of the season.
  • Comfrey should be planted outside the vegetable garden in a spot reserved for it. It spreads through root pieces and will shade other plants if planted directly in the garden. It is beneficial as a cut and come again mulch, as it bioaccumulates minerals in it’s leaves that are beneficial to other plants. It can be cut back two or three times during the growing season. I like to leave a few comfrey plants to flower though, as it will flower continuously until frost giving nectar to bumble bees and other native pollinators.
  • Monarda or Bee Balm is attractive to beneficial insects and also attracts hummingbirds. The hummingbirds devour garden pests like white flies, ants, aphids, gnats, mites, and mosquitoes. Monarda improves the flavor of tomatoes.
  • Clover is a nitrogen fixer and helps to build the soil. Clover accumulates phosphorous, as well as nitrogen in it’s leaves. It blooms all season long and is attractive to pollinators and predatory insects as well as honeybees. It repels cabbage butterflies. Planting it under fruit trees and in garden walk ways allows the nitrogren to filter to nearby garden beds.
  • Rudbekia or Black Eyed Susan is attractive to pollinators and predatory insects. From the same family as echinacea, it forms beneficial relations with soil micro-organisms, improving that whole garden. Plant it on the edges as it self sows freely.

Companion planting and its relationship to permaculture systems

One of the best systems of companion planting is the permaculture system.

Permaculture is a system for designing agricultural landscapes hat work with nature instead of against it. I like to call it edible restoration, since the tools used in permaculture can help to restore the land as well as yield food for humans… an approach for growing food efficiently with ecological integrity. — Amy Stross, Suburban Micro Farm

I recently read the book Suburban Micro Farm, Modern Solutions for Busy People by Amy Stross. I reviewed the book here, but in the connection of talking about the importance of companion planting I wanted to mention it again. If you are just getting started with gardening and companion planting rather than taking a superficial look and merely grabbing a basil to plant beside your tomato plant, it would be well worth your time to dig a little deeper into the ultimate companion planting guide found in permaculture design.

Permaculture helps you grow more food, on less land with less work because it works with nature, enhancing soil microbes, increasing biodiversity, and mimicking natural systems, that increase soil fertility and yields. I found Amy Stross’ book to be invaluable in understanding how permaculture works and how to apply the principles of permaculture to a small holding.

This full-color edition of Amy Stross’ book is distributed by Chelsea Green (2017) and available on Amazon. It is the urban gardener’s guide to using permaculture principles on a small scale to reduce the work and increase the enjoyment and the yields of your garden. One of the key features of permaculture is using companion planting to increase biodiversity, fertility, and yields in meaningful and strategic ways.

You can grab your own copy of the Amy’s book here.

Disclosure: I received an advanced reading copy of this book from Chelsea Green Publishers (#ad) in order to offer an honest review of the work.

Companion Planting

Companion Planting Herbs

Companion Planting with Herbs

Companion planting is simply utilizing the growth habits, natural insect attractant or repellent attributes and chemistry of companion plants to help each other grow and thrive. A companion plant might attract honeybees or repel cabbage flies. A companion plant might provide specific nutrients to the soil or even supply shade or structural support for their companion plants.

When we started working on Our Herb Garden there were virtually no other websites which discussed companion planting with herbs. Sure, there were numerous resources that covered companion planting in general or companion planting vegetables but ours may have been the first to focus on herbal companion planting.

We researched the herbs discussed on Our Herb Garden along with several other popular herbs and using a variety of sources have compiled separate pages of information on companion planting to help you decide how best to layout your herb garden.

As is typical when using multiple reference sources, we encountered several companion plants that were listed as both beneficial and harmful to other plants. For those herbs, we listed the information we obtained and provided any further explanations for the disagreement that we could find.

Here’s a list of all of the articles on Our Herb Garden where you can learn more about each of the culinary herbs we discuss and about companion planting.

Angelica • Anise

Basil

Caraway • Catnip • Chive • Coriander

Dill

Fennel

Hyssop

Lavender

Marigold • Mint

Parsley • Peppermint

Rosemary

Tansy • Thyme

Other Companion Planting Guides

Our Herb Garden’s companion planting guide was designed to focus on companion planting with herbs. Obviously, there are many companion planting guides available both online and off. Of all of the ones that I’ve researched in creating our guide, I think this book available on Amazon takes a most ingenious approach to the presentation of information.

The Mix & Match Guide to Companion Planting: An Easy, Organic Way to Deter Pests, Prevent Disease, Improve Flavor, and Increase Yields in Your Vegetable Garden is a cleverly designed book with a spiral binding that allows the reader to truly mix and match plants. Along with a great deal of information on gardening in general, Josie Jeffery takes the reader through planting different fruits, vegetables, flowers and of course herbs together to maximize outputs and provide insect control. Each page is split into thirds where each third can be independently turned. The concept is that you select the crop you would like to grow from the middle page. Then you page through the top and bottom sections and look for plants that are indicated as good companions. She uses a series of color codes to make the matching of companions easy.

It looks way cooler than I’m making it sound. Trust me. Take a peek on Amazon and you can see for yourself.

Best Herbs for Companion Planting With Vegetables

Companion planting is a planting method that allows you to get the best results with less effort. The Native Americans would plant corn with beans up the stalk and squash in the ground. This method of gardening is called “the three sisters planting method”, and it would mean more food could be grown in a smaller area of land.

There are many ways a gardener can benefit from companion planting. Some plants help to balance out the soil pH, and other plants repel certain insects. No matter the reason, those who set their garden up with this method will have a great gardening experience.

Herbs are known for their beauty, medicinal and culinary capabilities. These plants can also be ideal for organic pest control in the garden. This means you get to reap the most reward in both the garden and the kitchen.

If you have ever cooked before, you know how delicious tomato and basil are together. This combination goes beautifully with soups, pesto, salads, pastas and many other dishes. There is no food that tastes as wonderful as homegrown food.

It could be the effort gardening takes or the love each plant receives that makes the taste more deliciously potent. No matter what it is, homegrown groceries are the best kind of groceries.

Basil and tomatoes are more than just a perfect pair in the kitchen; they complement each other in the garden as well. When basil is planted with tomatoes, the basil repels bugs like mosquitoes and flies. Besides being beneficial to the garden, basil will help improve the flavor of tomatoes and the growth of the tomatoes.

Carrots and Chives

The cool thing about veggies and herbs is that they can be incorporated into so many dishes. There are endless possibilities of flavors when you have an assorted herb and vegetable garden. With chives, there is plenty of opportunity for garden and kitchen use.

Chives are related to the onion. They can be used in casserole dishes, rice, eggs, cheese dishes, sauces and dips. Carrots are a wonderful addition to salads, soups and stews, and they are even scrumptious when they are steamed or baked.

Chives will repel carrot flies from your garden. An alternative to repelling these pests is to plant rosemary and sage near the carrots as well.

Dill and Cabbage

While some plants benefit from being next to each other, some plants can be bad for each other. It is best to keep dill away from carrots and near cabbage. It is also important to understand that protective plants need to be mature before they can effectively keep pests away.

It is also good to understand that some plants can weaken the protective abilities of other plants. It is most important to understand what plants can and should be planted near each other and which plants should be farther away.

Dill is one of my favorite flavors. It can be used to dress up potato salad or any other dish that needs perking up. Of course, if you are growing dill, you should consider making homemade pickles.

Dill has a variety of benefits for many different vegetables. Dill attracts some beneficial bugs to your garden; this includes honeybees, hoverflies, wasps and swallowtail butterfly caterpillars.

Oregano and All the Vegetables

The beautiful thing about oregano is its versatility, in the garden and in the kitchen. Oregano is zesty with Italian origins. It pairs perfectly with tomato dishes, summer squash and potatoes. Oregano is also great for lamb or other game marinades.

If oregano can spread among other crops, it will increase humidity. Interplanting can help gardeners in a drought situation. Interplanted oregano will act as a living mulch, expelling moisture onto surrounding fauna.

Oregano provides general pest suppression, repelling bugs like squash beetles, cucumber beetles, and cabbage butterflies. Oregano at the base of grape vines will also help repel many of the pests that feast on grape plants.

Parsley and Asparagus

Parsley, like many other herbs, has incredible benefits to our health and our bodies. Parsley tea has incredible healing properties. Parsley carries nutritional benefits like high levels of beta carotene, folate and vitamin B12. Since parsley also helps with the absorption of iron, it is beneficial to those with anemia.

Parsley is helpful in the kitchen, too. The fresh herb can be added to soups, salads, and sauces. Parsley can be fried for the perfect side dish, or it can be used as a pretty garnish. No matter how it is used, its tastes and benefits are abundant.

Parsley and basil can both be planted under the asparagus to increase plant vigor. Some plants do not do well when planted near each other. Asparagus does not thrive best when planted near onions, garlic or potatoes. The onions and the garlic will inhibit the growth of the asparagus and could inhibit the growth of peas as well.

Companion Planting and Beyond

There are many other ways you can companion plant in your garden. Some plants help deter bad insects, while other plants attract beneficial insects. There are companion plants that promote germination and growth, and there are plants you need to avoid planting near each other, because they will stunt or inhibit growth.

Other Plants Good for Companion Planting:

  • Tarragon is beneficial to most vegetables. It can also be used in the kitchen for meat dishes, sauces and marinades.

  • Anise is beneficial when planted with coriander; it promotes germination and growth. Anise can be used in the kitchen with cookies, cakes, fillings, breads, cottage cheese, shellfish and spaghetti dishes.

  • Garlic is great for some plants; like roses and raspberries. The garlic will deter Japanese beetles. It can be bad to plant near some vegetables, so it is always a good idea to do adequate research. Garlic can be added to a variety of dishes in the kitchen: pastas, salads, soups, pesto, dips, marinades, or with meats like poultry, beef, fish or vegetables.

  • Lovage is a plant that can be placed here and there. This plant will help improve the health and the flavor of other plants. The seeds can be used on breads and biscuits. The herb goes great with potatoes, and it is popular in soups, stews, and salad dressings.

The best thing about companion planting is being able to let your garden love itself. We can give our growing plants love, but when they give each other love, it shows in the way the plant looks, tastes and smells.

There are plants to avoid putting near each other, and there are plants you want all over your garden. Doing research and planning before putting in the hard yard work is what I recommend. I am sure there are many other gardeners who would say the same.

It is better to set your garden up correctly and the way you want it—much better than it is to rush into having a big garden. The best gardens take time and mistakes. There will be plants that die and plants that you are able to nurse back to health. We do our best, grow our garden and hope these basil plants sweeten our tomatoes.

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