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Companion Planting With Herbs

Companion planting with herbs is a fantastic way to enhance your vegetable garden’s productivity, health, and flavor. Here’s a rundown of some herbs that are not just beneficial companions but can also boost vegetable production by attracting beneficial insects, repelling pests, and improving soil health. You are already starting vegetable seeds, why not start some herb seeds as well?


Basil is a great companion for tomatoes, enhancing their growth and flavor while repelling flies and mosquitoes. It’s also said to help peppers grow stronger. Planting basil throughout your garden can create a more aromatic environment that deters many pests.


While not an herb, marigolds are often used in vegetable gardens to repel pests like nematodes which affect tomato plants. Their bright flowers attract pollinators and add beauty to your garden setup.


Chives can benefit carrots and tomatoes by improving their flavor and growth. They also repel pests like aphids and Japanese beetles. Planting chives near your vegetables can create a barrier that pests are less likely to cross.


Dill attracts beneficial wasps that control cabbage worms, making it an excellent companion for cabbage, kale, and other brassicas. However, it should be planted with caution, as it can attract tomato hornworms, so keep it away from your tomato plants.


Mint can help repel cabbage moths and ants, making it beneficial for brassicas and tomatoes. However, it’s invasive, so it’s best planted in containers to prevent it from taking over your garden.


Oregano repels many pests that affect vegetable plants and can enhance the flavor of nearby veggies. It’s particularly beneficial when grown near brassicas and cucumbers.


Thyme can deter cabbage worms, so it’s beneficial to plant near cabbage, kale, and broccoli. It’s also said to improve the flavor of strawberries and can deter garden pests with its strong scent.

Integrating these herbs into your vegetable garden can lead to a healthier, more productive garden. They not only deter pests but also attract pollinators and beneficial insects, which are crucial for vegetable production. Plus, you’ll have the added benefit of a ready supply of fresh herbs for your kitchen. Companion planting is a natural, sustainable way to enhance your garden’s ecosystem and boost your vegetable yield.

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