Herbs are great companions to food in your culinary masterpieces, and they are great companions in the garden too.
In the garden: Plant with coriander, which promotes its germination and growth.
In the kitchen: Use in cookies, cakes, fruit fillings, and breads, or with cottage cheese, shellfish, and spaghetti dishes.
In the garden: Plant with tomatoes. Repels flies and mosquitoes.
In the kitchen: Use in tomato dishes, pesto, sauces, and salad dressings.
In the garden: Plant with tomatoes, squash, and strawberries. Deters tomato worm.
In the kitchen: Use leaves in salads; flowers in soups and stews.
In the garden: Plant here and there. Loosens soil.
In the kitchen: Use in rye breads, cheese dips and rarebits, soups, applesauce, salads, coleslaw, and over pork or sauerkraut.
In the garden: Plant with radishes.
In the kitchen: Use with soups, salads, sauces, eggs, fish, veal, lamb, and pork.
In the garden: Plant with carrots.
In the kitchen: Related to the onion, chives enliven vegetable dishes, dressings, casseroles, rice, eggs, cheese dishes, sauces, gravies, and dips.
In the garden: Plant with cabbages. Keep away from carrots.
In the kitchen: Use seed for pickles and also to add aroma and taste to strong vegetables like cauliflower, cabbage, and turnips. Use fresh with green beans, potato dishes, cheese, soups, salads, seafood, and sauces.
In the garden: Plant away from other herbs and vegetables.
In the kitchen: Use to flavor pastries, confectionery, sweet pickles, sausages, tomato dishes, soups, and to flavor vinegars and oils. Gives warmth and sweetness to curries.
In the garden: Plant near roses and raspberries. Deters Japanese beetle.
In the kitchen: Use in tomato dishes, garlic bread, soups, dips, sauces, marinades, or with meats, poultry, fish, and vegetables.
In the garden: Plant here and there to improve the health and flavor of other plants.
In the kitchen: It’s a great flavoring for soups, stews, and salad dressings. Goes well with potatoes. The seeds can be used on breads and biscuits.
In the garden: Good companion to all vegetables.
In the kitchen: Excellent in almost any meat, fish, dairy, or vegetable dish that isn’t sweet. Add near the end of cooking.
In the garden: Plant near cabbage and tomatoes. Deters white cabbage moth.
In the kitchen: It is common in Middle Eastern dishes. Use with roast lamb or fish and in salads, jellies, or teas.
In the garden: Good companion to all vegetables.
In the kitchen: Of Italian origin, its taste is zesty and strong, good in any tomato dish. Try oregano with summer squash and potatoes, mushroom dishes, beans, or in a marinade for lamb or game.
In the garden: Plant near asparagus, corn, and tomatoes.
In the kitchen: Use fresh parsley in soups, sauces, and salads. It lessens the need for salt in soups. You can fry parsley and use it as a side dish with meat or fish. It is, of course, the perfect garnish.
In the garden: Plant near cabbage, beans, carrots, and sage. Deters cabbage moth, bean beetles, and carrot fly.
In the kitchen: Use for poultry, lamb, and tomato dishes, stews, soups, and vegetables. Try it finely chopped in breads and custards.
In the garden: Plant near rosemary, cabbage, and carrots; away from cucumbers. Deters cabbage moth and carrot fly.
In the kitchen: Use in cheese dishes, stuffings, soups, pickles, with beans and peas, and in salads. Excellent for salt-free cooking.
In the garden: Plant with beans and onions to improve growth and flavor.
In the kitchen: Popular in soups, stews, stuffings, and with fish, chicken, green beans, and eggs.
In the garden: Good companion to most vegetables.
In the kitchen: Great with meat, eggs, poultry, seafood, and in salad dressings, marinades, and sauces.
In the garden: Plant near cabbage. Deters cabbage worm.
In the kitchen: Use in casseroles, stews, soups, ragouts, and with eggs, potatoes, fish, and green vegetables.
Kali S Winters
When it comes to herbs, companion plants may prove to play a vital roll in the overall health of your garden — not only for your herb garden, but also for your patch of vegetables as well as your flowerbeds too!
That’s because some plants actually grow better when they’re sitting next to other plants. Yes, it might not sound very sensible at first, but the concept is really quite simple. If you start to add specific herbs to either your vegetable or flower garden — or both — you may notice a decidedly improved level of overall health for all the plants, depending upon the herbs you’ve place there.
Let me give you a classic example. When white settlers came to North America, they soon learned that the Native Americans had what they referred to as the “three sisters” a combination of corn, beans and squash. Now if you learned this in school or elsewhere as I did, you might have assumed these three plants were “sisters” because they were a vital part of their overall diet. And that’s true!
But here’s the rest of the story. When planted together, they actually help the others to grow. The beans, first of all, are the “nitrogen-fixers” for the other plants and they climb the stalks of the corn. The squash shades the ground for the sake of the health of the other two plants holding the moisture longer in the ground.
Now, here’s an example that might have come straight from your own garden: garlic and roses. The pungent scent of the garlic repels a portion of the rose plant’s worst pests, the aphids. Cool isn’t it? Actually to an organic gardener, it’s really quite exciting.
But you can also have the opposite affect. Some plants just don’t grow well at all when placed together. Let’s just face it; Irish potatoes don’t grow well at all when placed next to turnips or pumpkins. They all are root bound and compete for the soil.
While I may sound as if I’m not taking this very seriously, there’s actually very good reasons for companion plant growing — or in this case, non-companion plants. Tall plants may block the sun from lower lying sun-loving plants. Others may actually create some negative biochemical reaction with those around them.
Here are a few other herbs you may want to consider planting next to each other – as well as some you may want to keep apart:
Basil–This plant loves tomatoes. And you can bet it’s a mutual admiration club. In fact they are so good together some gardeners have developed a rule of (green) thumb: three basil plants for every tomato plant. Here’s one more thing you may not have known about basil – it actually repels flies and mosquitoes.
Borage–This particular herb encourages the growth of strawberries. It’s also a great companion plant for tomatoes and squash.
Chamomile–Be sure to plant Chamomile with your onions and cabbage — watch all three of them grow strong and healthy.
Chives— Did you know that if you steep chives in water, it’s a great organic method of killing powdery mildew disease? And when you plant it, make sure it’s near your carrots if you have a vegetable garden or any apple trees you may have on your property.
Dill— Dill appreciates being near cabbage, cucumbers, corn and lettuce. One hint: don’t plant dill near fennel so as to avoid cross-pollination.
Garlic— Of course, we’ve already mentioned how this plant loves tomatoes, but go ahead and plant it near fruit trees as well. Garlic repels the red spider mites. Steeped in water, this herb is another effective insecticide.
Parsley— You’ll make your parsley and your tomato plants both happy if you plant them together. You can also plant parsley with chives, carrots or even asparagus. But keep the parsley away from the mint.
Rosemary— Keep her away from the potatoes. However, you will want to plant this herb near cabbage, carrots, beans or sage.
Sage— In addition to rosemary, sage also encourages the growth and health of carrots, and cabbage. But always keep it away from your cucumbers.
Thyme— Cabbage appreciates being near thyme. This herb repels worms that love to munch on the cabbage.
For a larger list of companion plants, see my easy to use gardening system, “Holistic Herbs~A Beginners Guide to Herbal Gardening” There you will discover how you can improve the level of your gardening exponentially, simply with companion herb planting! You’ll have your gardening friends marveling over the health and beauty of your flowers, herbs and vegetables.
Successful Gardening …
Kali S Winters
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