Best Herbs for Companion Planting with Vegetables

Organic farming has proved to be more than just a passing trend, it is here to stay, as someone once said “the organic story is larger than just the healthy benefits of clean, nutritious foods, organic  farming, whether tomatoes, grapes, cotton or flowers, help protect our environment, it’s that simple.”

Imagine the joy in knowing there is an easy way to control pests in your garden without the use of pesticides, or a much beneficial way of controlling the soil Ph with no additional stress and chemicals! That is exactly what you’ll get when you try your hands on companion planting.

You’ll be amazed at the benefits your vegetables can derive by co-planting with certain herbs. Since herbs are known for their beauty, medicinal and culinary capacities, this is the best organic pest control for your garden yet!

Here is a list of 6 herbs and that can be planted in your vegetable garden for the best results;

    Basil

Basil
…tomatoes and the basil plant are all time friends!

Everyone knows basil and tomatoes are  best friends in the kitchen. Well, they love to play together in the garden too!

Growing basil near tomatoes and peppers helps to deter unwanted pests like flies and mosquitoes.

This combo is not just beneficial to the garden, basil has a way of improving the flavour of tomatoes and their growth.

This is beneficial isn’t it?

      Garlic

Garlic
the miracle herb in companion planting

Garlic is the miracle herb when it comes to companion planting.

It does well with just about any vegetable, but if you plant them with the leafy ones, like cabbage or kale, you will get all the full benefits out of it.

Other vegetables like tomatoes, carrots and beets could use the wonderful benefits of garlic to. Garlic is great in repelling fungus, Japanese beetles, aphids, rabbits, moths and snails.

Mint

Mint
…possesses amazing saving powers

Whether it is peppermint or spearmint, planting mint in your garden can save your cabbage from cabbage moths; they also deter ants, aphids, flea beetles, and squash bugs.

Mint’s saving powers does not just stop with cabbage; it does well with any leafy greens that are susceptible to cabbage moth damage like kale and many others.

     Rosemary

Rosemary
repels the evil cabbage moth!

Still on cabbage moth another firm attacker is rosemary, it adequately repels the evil cabbage moth and the bean beetle, slugs and snails can’t stand its power either.

So when you plant your beans, peppers, cabbage and kale think of planting the sweet smelling rosemary as your very own organic pesticide.

      Thyme

Thyme

make thyme your friend!

Make a friend out of thyme! (you heard that right) in case you are tired of tomato hornworm and cabbage worm, thyme serves as a great companion plant with cabbage, potatoes, strawberries and tomatoes.

The pleasantness of thyme is that it also attracts honeybees!

      Onions

Onions
its strong smell works wonders!

Mother Nature likes to play funny as everything in plants tends to have their benefits.

Who could have thought that the strong smell in onions can become a tool to scare and confuse pests like carrot and onion flies?

Apparently, planting onions in your cabbage, cauliflower, dill and kale garden can save them from impending pest-doom. So what are you waiting for?

Companion planting has been around for thousands of years, but with the love of organic farming welling up in most gardeners the concept is being reawakened.

While some plants benefit greatly from being next to each other, some plants can be terrible for each other. It is good to understand that these plants would also only become effective pesticides when they are mature, so be patient and watch the process.

Starting your own garden could seem difficult but starting an organic garden could be more tedious, to learn how to effectively start your own herb garden, check this informative post we put together here.