Which Herbs Grow Best Together

| 6/16/2015 11:14:00 AM

Tags: herb garden companion planting, Kayla Matthews, Pennsylvania,

Growing herbs can be such a rewarding experience, it gives you the option to flavor your food with fresh herbs instead of using dried herbs from the store. One of the biggest benefits is that growing herbs requires only a little time, effort and room. Even gardeners living in a small space in the city can enjoy the ‘fruits’ of their labor. However, not all herbs get along - some prefer different living conditions. Figuring out which herbs will grow together happily is the first step towards starting your herb garden.

Why Companion Planting Matters

I know some of you are probably wondering why planting herbs with their proper companions is such a big deal. They’re just herbs, right? They should all be able to live together.

While being able to throw them all in one planter in call it a day certainly has its appeals, herbs are a little more picky than that. Some herbs such as rosemary, thyme and sage prefer a soil that is relatively dry and sandy- while basil and parsley are moisture lovers.

Herbs like mint tend to invade any space near where they are planted. Mint doesn’t like to share, so planting it with other herbs may not bode well for your mint's planter partner. The goods news is, most herbs have at least one thing in common - they love the sun.

The More We Get Together

Now that we’ve gone over why cohabitation is important, let’s start looking into which herbs get along the best. A word of caution; some herbs can impact the flavor of what is planted around them.

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