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435 W. Glenside Avenue Since 1943 Glenside, PA 19038The Gardener’s Resource 215.887.7500 • 215.887.7509 fax www.PrimexGardenCenter.com HERBS AS COMPANION PLANTSC ompanion planting is very popular with organic gardeners. The idea is to plant together species which will benefit each other, insects. Certain colors, like the orange of nasturtium flowers, are thought to repel flying insects. Although these practices have not all and help prevent disease and insect infestation been scientifically proven, many gardeners have without the use of chemicals. In general, herbs been using them for years. Try it – and see if it and other aromatic plants like tomatoes, works for you! Among the herbs used to repel marigolds and onions are helpful in warding off pests and diseases: ◆ Basil - Enhances the growth of ◆ Marigolds - Plant next to ◆ Rue - Companion to roses and tomatoes and peppers, dislikes rue. potatoes, tomatoes, roses and raspberries, dislikes sweet basil. Repels flies and mosquitoes. throughout the garden as they Deters Japanese beetles. Enhances discourage nematodes and other figs. ◆ Borage - Companion to beans, insects. ◆ Sage - Plant with rosemary, tomatoes, squash and strawberries. Deters tomato worm. ◆ Mints (esp. Spearmint and tomatoes, strawberries, cabbage and Peppermint) - Companion to carrots, dislikes cucumbers. Deters ◆ Chamomile - Companion to cabbage moth and carrot fly. Harms cabbages and tomatoes. Deters cucumber, cabbages and onions; onion. aphids, flea beetle and many types of improves the growth of all garden cabbage pests. ◆ Summer Savory - Companion to plants. ◆ Nasturtium - Companion to beans and onions. Deters bean ◆ Chervil - Companion to radishes. beetles. radishes, cabbage and cucurbits. ◆ Chives - Companion to carrots. Plant under fruit trees. Deters ◆ Tansy - Plant under fruit trees. grapes, tomatoes and roses. Deters aphids and squash bugs. Companion to roses and raspberries. Japanese beetles, blackspot on Deters flying insects, Japanese ◆ Onion - Plant next to beets, roses, scab on apples and mildew on beetles, striped cucumber beetles, cabbage, lettuce and strawberries. cucurbits. Harms beans and peas. squash bugs and ants. Repels cabbage loopers, potato ◆ Dill - Improves the growth of beetles, carrot flies and imported ◆ Tarragon (French) - Enhances the lettuce, cabbage and onions, dislikes cabbage moths. growth of all vegetables. carrots and tomatoes. ◆ Thyme - Improves the growth of ◆ Oregano - Improves the growth of ◆ Fennel - Most plants dislike it - beans. tomatoes, potatoes and eggplant. plant it away from the garden. Repels whiteflies and cabbage ◆ Parsley - Enhances the growth of worms. ◆ Garlic - Plant near roses and roses. Repels asparagus beetles. raspberries. Deters Japanese ◆ Wormwood - As a border, keeps ◆ Pot Marigold - Companion to animals from the garden. Harms beetles. Harms beans and peas. tomatoes, but plant elsewhere, too. most veggies. ◆ Horseradish - Plant at the corners Deters tomato worm, asparagus of your potato patch; deters potato beetles and other pests. ◆ Yarrow - Plant along borders, bug. paths and near aromatic herbs; ◆ Rosemary - Companion to enhances production of essential ◆ Hyssop - Companion to cabbage cabbage, bean, carrots and sage. oils. Also, attracts beneficial insects and grapes. Deters flea beetles and Deters cabbage moth, bean beetles including ladybugs and predatory cabbage moths. Dislikes radishes. and carrot fly. wasps.