Question: I’m trying to figure out how to plant my garden and keep in mind companion planting. What herbs should not be planted together? -Reid G.
Answer: It’s common for gardeners to grow herb plants in close quarters, tucked together into a large container or window bow, but not all herbs make good bedfellows. Watch out for these pairings to avoid.
- Keep fennel and wormwood isolated from other plants. Fennel will prevent nearby plants from growing well, or it might impact their flavor, making them not as tasty as they were before. Wormwood can also be damaging to other herbs and plants in your garden. If you grow fennel or wormwood, keep them in isolation, planted well away from the others in your garden.
- Rue should be kept away from sage, basil, and cabbages. Rue will not harm other plants in the garden, but keep it well away from your cabbages, basil, and sage.
- Anise and dill should not be planted near carrots. Anise and dill will inhibit the growth of your crop of carrots, so keep these plants well away from your carrot crop.
- Keep dill clear of tomatoes. While dill actually helps improve the flavor of lettuce, cabbage, and onion, it can be detrimental to tomatoes, so be careful where you plant it.
- Sage makes a bad bedfellow with cucumber and onion. Sage can have a negative effect on cucumber crops, and it restricts the growth of onions in the garden, so plan where you will plant it carefully.
- Garlic and other alliums are bad neighbors to beans and peas. The growth of your legumes will be inhibited if they’re planted next to an allium like garlic, shallot, or onion.