Companion Plants: A Your Key To A Successful Garden
Companion plants mutually benefit each other by providing protection from insects, enhance the flavor of the fruits. i.e. tomatoes and basil. Marigold is another example of companion plants. Marigolds protect from nematodes, Mexican bean beetles, squash bugs, trips, tomato horn worms and much much more.
I always place (1) marigold plant inside my raised bed. You must be careful with marigolds in The Tuxedo Garden. Marigolds plants will grow huge if you don’t manage them. The issue of over growing applies to a variety of herbs and other companion plants.
Please note this is not the definitive list of companion plants. More plants will be added in the future. You can find more about companion plants here.
- Basil – Plant with tomatoes to improve growth and flavor and to repel flies and mosquitoes. Do not plant near rue.
- Bay Leaf – A fresh bay leaf in each storage container of beans or grains will deter weevils and moths.
- Bee Balm – Plant with tomatoes to improve growth and flavor
- Borage – Companion plant for tomatoes, squash and strawberries. Deters tomato worms.
- Caraway – Good for loosening compacted soil.
- Catnip – Deters flea beetles (and kitties LOVE it!)
- Chamomile – Improves flavor of cabbages and onions.
- Chervil – Companion to radishes for improved growth and flavor
- Chives – Improves growth and flavor of carrots
- Dill – Improves growth and health of cabbage. Do not plant near carrots.
- Garlic – Plant near roses to repel aphids.
- Gopher Purge – Deters gophers and moles.
- Horseradish – Plant in potato patch to keep away potato bugs.
- Hyssop – Companion plant to cabbage and grapes, deters cabbage moths. Do not plant near radishes.
- Lovage – Improves flavor and health of most plants. Marjoram – Improves flavor of all vegetables.
- Mint – Deters white cabbage moths, and improves the health of cabbages and tomatoes.
- Rosemary – Companion plant to cabbage, beans, carrots, and sage. Deters cabbage moths, bean beetles and carrot flies. Rue – Deters Japanese beetles in roses and raspberries.
- Sage – Companion plant with rosemary, cabbage, and carrots to deter cabbage moths, beetles, and carrot flies. Do not plant near cucumbers.
- Summer Savory – Plant with beans and onions to improve growth and flavor. Discourages cabbage moths.
- Tansy – Plant with fruit trees, roses, and raspberries. Deters flying insects, Japanese beetles, striped cucumber beetles, squash bugs, and ants.
- Thyme – Deters cabbage worms.
- Wormwood – Keeps animals out of the garden when planted as a border.