Learn about companion planting with herbs! The classic example is that basil grows well with tomatoes, but there are many more great combinations. Herbs are also great companions to food in your culinary masterpieces.
Companion Planting with Herbs
Here are a few of the most common herbs, as well as the best companion plants for them in the garden. We’ve also listed how each herb is best used in the kitchen.
DillIn 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.
MarjoramIn 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.
MintIn 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.
OreganoIn 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.
ParsleyIn 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.
RosemaryIn 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 for a savory tinge.
SageIn 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.
TarragonIn the garden: Good companion to most vegetables.In the kitchen: Great with meat, eggs, poultry, seafood, and in salad dressings, marinades, and sauces.
ThymeIn 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.
More Common Herbs
Anise 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.
Borage In the garden: Plant with tomatoes, squash, and strawberries. Deters tomato hornworm.In the kitchen: Use leaves in salads; flowers in soups and stews.
Caraway 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.
Chervil In the garden: Plant with radishes.In the kitchen: Use with soups, salads, sauces, eggs, fish, veal, lamb, and pork.
Fennel 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.
GarlicIn 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.
Lovage 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.
Summer Savory 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.
Do you use herbs as companion plants? Tell us your favorite combinations in the comments below!
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