Companion planting increases the productivity and health of a garden through eco-friendly means. Companion plants either benefit another plant, benefit from the proximity of the other plant or they are mutually beneficial. Easy to grow herbs to use as companion plants include some all time favorites used in the kitchen.
Basil is among one of the top herbs to use as companion plants for tomatoes, peppers and asparagus. Basil repels pests such as asparagus beetles, mosquitoes, flies and thrips.
Chamomile improves the growth and flavor of just about any other herb, onions, cabbage and wheat. Chamomile attracts hoverflies and parasitic wasps that prey on common garden pests.
Cilantro is also among the top herbs to use as companion plants. Cilantro particularly benefits beans, peas and spinach. It repels aphids, spidermites and potato beetles while attracting tachinid flies that prey on garden pests.
Dill is a good companion plant for cabbage, corn, lettuce, onion and cucumber. It attracts hoverflies, predatory wasps and pollinating bees. It repels aphids, spidermites, squash bugs and cabbage loopers.
Use mint in the companion planting garden scheme to benefit tomatoes and cabbage. It attracts bees, hoverflies, worms and predatory wasps. It repels a number of pests including rodents, white cabbage moths, aphids, fleas, flea beetles, ants and cabbage loopers.
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