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Herbs can be Good Neighbors too
By carefully choosing the neighborhood for your herbs,
the neighborhood plants can help each other improve flavor; attract beneficial insects; and ward off bad ones.

Companion planting reasons

  • Companion plants are mostly likely ones your already have in your garden. By carefully creating neighborhoods, you improve the vigor and flavor of many plants.
     

  • Companion vegetable plants will deter unwanted insects.  With careful neighborhood planning your which helps to decrease the amount of pesticides and effort it takes to keep your garden pest free.
     

  • Vegetable companion planting increases the yields of the plants. What gardener wouldn't want to have a more productive garden?

Chart of Good and Bad Herb Neighbors
This is not an all-inclusive list.  It is the compilation of my searches
 and includes only the herbs that are companions to what I want to grow.

Common Name Effects on the Neighborhood (surrounding plants)
Basil Makes tomatoes taste better; dislikes rue intensely; improves growth and flavor;  repels flies and mosquitoes.
Bee Balm Improves growth and flavor of tomatoes.  Great for attracting beneficial bugs and bees to the garden.  A must in Butterfly Gardens.
Borage Good with tomatoes, squash and strawberries; deters tomato worm; improves growth and flavor.
Caraway Attracts beneficial wasps and flies. Scatter throughout the garden;  loosens soil; and is good in the strawberry bed.
Chamomile Improves growth and flavor of both cabbages and onions. All Brassicas benefit from have Chamomile as a neighbor.
Chives Improves growth and flavor of carrots;  Don't plant around beans and peas.
Comfrey Accumulates calcium, phosphorous and potassium. Likes wet spots to grow in. Comfrey is beneficial to most fruit trees. Excellent compost activator.
Dill Companion to cabbage; improves growth and health of cabbage. 
Warning - Attracts tomato hornworm!
Flax Improves growth and flavor of carrots, potatoes, deters potato bug.
Garlic Plant near roses and raspberries; deters Japanese beetle; improves growth and flavor
Geranium Attracts pests away from roses and grape vines; distracts beet leafhoppers.
Warning - keep away from plants like tomatoes, peppers & eggplant.
Lemon Balm Scatter throughout garden.
Marigolds They deter pests. Scatter throughout garden. The benefit of French marigolds lasts years even after they are gone.
Mint Improves growth and flavor of cabbage and tomatoes; Peppermint particularly deters white cabbage moth. Spearmint for ants and aphids.
Marjoram Improves growth and flavor of many plants.  Scatter throughout the garden.
Nasturtium Companion to radishes, cabbage, squash, pumpkins, and cucumbers; plant under fruit trees. Deters aphids, squash bugs, striped pumpkin beetles; improves growth and flavor.
Petunia Deters bugs on beans, squash, pumpkins, cucumbers, asparagus.
Pot marigold Also known as a Calendula officinalis.  Companion to tomatoes, but plant elsewhere in garden too. Deters asparagus beetle, tomato worm, and general garden pests.
Peppermint Planted among cabbages, it repels the white cabbage butterfly.
Rosemary Companion to cabbage, bean, carrots, and sage; deters cabbage moth, many bean beetles, and carrot fly.
Warning - don't plant with Basil.
Sage Plant with rosemary, cabbage, beans and carrots; keep away from cucumbers. Deters cabbage moth, many bean beetles, carrot fly.
Summer savory Plant with green beans and onions to improve growth and flavor. Deters bean beetle.
Tansy Plant under fruit trees; companion to roses and raspberries. Deters flying insects, Japanese beetles, striped cucumber beetles, squash bugs, ants.
Warning - toxic to cattle.
Tarragon Good throughout garden. Its scent is disliked by most pests, and this plant enhances the growth and flavor of crops grown with it.
Thyme Scatter throughout the garden. Deters cabbage worm.
Yarrow Plant in pots along borders, paths, near aromatic herbs; enhances essential oil production. Warning - is an invasive plant

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