What Herbs Grow Well Together
Greetings fellow herb enthusiast! So, you’ve decided to grow your own herbs at home and add the freshest, most nutrient rich herbs to your diet, instead of relying on chemically preserved dried herbs in the market. That is a wise decision.
But before you can proclaim yourself as a gourmet herb gardener who refuses to eat Dominoes’ oregano, because it’s so “burjuva”, you have to learn a thing or two about planting and growing herbs together.
Firstly, you need to understand that every herb has its own conditions that need to be fulfilled or they will die alongside your dreams of ever being an herb gardener. You can’t just plant a bunch of herbs together and call it a day as not all herbs get along together. No matter how good your Aerogarden is, you need to learn how to use things properly.
For example rosemary, thyme, and sage love dry and sandy soil, but on the other hand basil and parsley prefer constant moist soil. Mint isn’t a team player as it would take all the space if you plant any other herb beside it.
Ignoring to adhere to these special needs of every herb will end in disaster but when you get the combination right, you’d be rewarded with the most lush, aromatic, and nutritious herbs that you can be proud of. Here is a list, which can answer your question of what herbs grow well together.
Deep Container Herbs
These herbs grow in deep containers and so all of them can be grown together in a single pot. They might also impact each other’s growth in a positive way, but what’s noteworthy is that they do require moist soil and they love the sun.
Parsley are slow growing herbs, but they only live for two years. It’s one of the most sought after herbs as it is a staple in European, Middle Eastern, and American cooking. They grow best in well drained, moist soil with a temperature between 22 and 30 degree Celsius. It attracts pests.
Closely related to garlic, shallot, leek and scallion, this delicious herb is grown for its scapes and mild tangy flavor. Chives also thrive in well drained, moist soil rich in organic matter and full sun. Their perfect temperature is between 15-20 degrees Celsius. It repels pests.
Herbs that hail from Mediterranean region love dry, sandy soil and lots of sunlight. These herbs can grow together and create an interdependent ecosystem that benefits them all.
Sage is an evergreen shrub, which grows beautiful blue and purple flowers. It is medicinal and culinary in nature and is widely used as an ornamental garden plant. They grow easily and gel up well with its neighbors.
Thyme is a tiny evergreen creeping plant that wraps around nearby plants and grows in a bunch. It’s a relative of oregano and is used for culinary and medicinal purposes. It can be planted by seed, cuttings, or dividing rooted sections.
Rosemary is one of the most famous herbs and is also a member of the mint family. It has a fibrous root system that can hold water, hence making it drought tolerant. It is suited best to be planted with Thyme as it supports it. It is easy to grow and is pest resistant.
Marjoram is a cold sensitive perennial herb with sweet pine and has citrus flavor. It is tender and is difficult to grow on its own, but can function well with other Mediterranean herbs. It has aromatic leaves that can impact other herbs.
Oregano is the more famous cousin of Marjoram from the same mint family. It has purple flowers; and is also called wild marjoram. It is easy to grow, with an enhanced flavor and aroma that can help other herbs around it.
Lavender is a flowering herb in the mint family. It is a well sought after culinary and ornamental plant and enhances the beauty of the garden. It is easily grown and does not require much water or care, but it loves sunlight. It requires no fertilizer but good air circulation.
These herbs, like their aforementioned cousins love full sun but unlike them, they do require extra moist soil. They grow well together, breeding and creating interesting combinations and growing the beauty of your garden.
The French call tarragon as the “King of Herbs” and hence is a staple in their cuisine. It hails from the sunflower family and is widespread in Eurasia and North America. It has a tangy pungent taste. It requires a lot of moisture but not much fertilizer.
Cilantro is also called Chinese parsley or coriander. It hails from the Apiaceae family. Every part of this herb is used in culinary. It has a refreshing lemony taste and aroma; it is loved by the world alike. It grows without hassle and attracts beneficial insects like hoverflies, whose larvae eat harmful aphid pests.
Basil is also a part of the mint family and is called the “Royal Herb” throughout the world. It is grown for culinary and ornamental use. This herb grows best in the temperature of 30-35 degree Celsius. It loves hot, dry conditions and is sensitive to cold. It is recommended to grow basil with tomato. It deters pests.
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This herb deserves its own section as it does not grow well with other herbs. It spreads rapidly and can grow even out of the pot in which it’s planted. Plus, it can die, if it’s unable to spread, so grow it in a long box.
Even if it doesn’t gel well together with other herbs, it can still be grown with other mints such as peppermint, spearmint, catmint, and orange mint. But their interbreeding can give rise in some really innovative results, so caution for you if you are after the same flavor you expected and kudos if you love surprises.
Hope this information has helped you understand about what herbs grow well together. So, take out your green thumb and start planting.