Herbs are such an asset to the backyard, the family and the medicine cabinet I simply don’t know why gardens everywhere are not bursting with them. Most herbs have several uses. Many are excellent companion plants, which are just as gorgeous on your vegetable patch as your flower beds. Most herbs are extremely pretty, are easy to grow and require little attention.
With companion planting it’s widely held that plants do better when grown together. Some crops keep harmful insects from another, or confuse insects with odor or shape. -Anise- deters pests from Brassicas by camouflaging their odour and improves the vigour of crops grown nearby. It may deter aphids, fleas and decrease cabbage worms.
Some crops attract insects that are valuable to help pollinate the flowers of another. -Basil- attracts bees, which will pollinate your berries. This way they make great companions. I also have discovered that planting basil and tomatoes together gives my berries delicious flavour and the basil is extremely pungent – that makes the best pesto!
Borage is fantastic grown with berries. I find the strawberries tastier and bigger planted near borage. Let borage go to seed on your strawberry patch. The borage flowers are a fairly blue star shape, create an interesting addition to salad and you can steam the young leaves for something different. If I have too many borage volunteers, then pull on a few and give them to the chooks. Borage accumulates silica and potassium, Perfect for flowering and fruiting plants like Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Cucumbers, Pumpkin, Tansy, Tomatoes, Rose, Squash and Strawberries.
Growing a decoy harvest can protect the precious yield of a desired crop. Try growing -garlic chives- to attract aphids away from roses. French marigold kills harmful nematodes – expand them alongside your berries.
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- Basil- shouldn’t be planted near -rue- since they inhibit each other’s growth.
- Chervil- develops well with -dill- and -coriander-.
- Chives- and -parsley- grow better when planted together.
- Dill- and -fennel- like every other, but have a propensity to cross-fertilize.
- Rosemary- and -sage- grow well together.
- Rue-, and not being implanted near -basil-, should likewise not be planted near -sage-.
- Fennel- shouldn’t be planted near -caraway- or -coriander-.
- Coriander- and -anise- seeds sown together will germinate more quickly.
- Chillies- aid plants that are affected by root rot.
- Horehound- enhances the fruiting of berries.
- Yarrow– is among the so-called”doctor plants” or all-rounder. Grown close to a sick plant, it makes it to regain. -Thyme- is also a doctor plant, as is -marjoram/oregano-.
- Some herbs such as -comfrey, lemon grass- and -arrowroot-, will help prevent grass and weeds. You may produce a thick barrier with -lemon grass- that will even deter Kikuya grass. Comfrey makes a superb companion plant since it’s long tap roots which keeps soil moist and rich, accumulates calcium, phosphorus, silica, nitrogen, magnesium, potassium, and iron. Additionally, it serves as a trap for slugs and the rotting leaves make good fertiliser.
Fennel gets got the reputation for being the overall worst companion plant of all – it needs to be grown well away from other plants. It appears to inhibit the growth of many plants. However, as with the majority of herbs it has multiple advantages. There’s an old expression,”plant fennel close to your kennel.” It’s fantastic for keeping fleas away and the dried leaves may be placed in the kennel itself. Medicinally it is reputed to assist with eyesight – especially cataracts by creating an eye bath with fennel seeds boiled in water and kept sterile. In the kitchen it’s delightfully pungent – when cooking fish, just place a sprig or two on your alfoil. Fennel also absorbs and deodorise cooking smells generally. It has so many applications it’s well worth the space in your garden. Avoid growing it anywhere near beans or tomatoes. The bronze variety creates a very attractive addition to the garden.
So don’t be stingy with herbs in your garden. They supply so many benefits and benefits that in the event you don’t have them intermingled during your garden you’re really missing out – and so are your other crops.