Did you know that rhubarb is a native of Asia? And that
bell and hot peppers were cultivated by the Aztecs for thousands
For many growing seasons, I have used companion planting
to enhance my vegetables and fruit trees. I feel one needs
to see for themselves if this method of growth
works for them.
I have also used herbs to repel certain harmful insects.
But please note, there are a lot of beneficial insects that
we need to keep around as they are our friends.
The following are a few terms referring to compatible planting.
The following herbs are believed to repel certain pests.
I have found that planting in groups of three, encircling
the affected plant, produces good results. A lot of these
herbs can be started from seeds or should be available from
your favorite nursery.
Peppermint, spearmint, pansy, wormwood
Catnip, chives, coriander, eucalyptus,
fennel, garlic, larkspur, marigold, mustard, nasturtium,
Basil, parsley, tomato
Dill, eucalyptus, garlic, hyssop, peppermint,
nasturtium, onion, pennyroyal, sage, southernwood, spearmint,
Garlic, marigold, radish, sage, wormwood
Leek, lettuce, onion, rosemary, sage,
tobacco plant, wormwood
Colorado Potato Beetle
Catnip, coriander, eucalyptus, nasturtium,
Cosmos, geranium, marigold
Catnip, marigold, nasturtium, radish,
Catnip, peppermint, rue, spearmint, southernwood,
pansy, tobacco plant, wormwood
Catnip, chives, garlic, pansy
Mexican Bean Beetle
Marigold, rosemary, savories, wormwood
Castor beans, narcissus
Garlic, marigold, onion (winding hoses
in vegetable garden that have a snake like appearance)
Fennel, garlic, rosemary
Catnip, nasturtium, peppermint, petunia,
radish, spearmint, pansy
Squash Vine Borer
Tomato Horn Worm
Dill, opal basil
Nasturtium, peppermint, thyme, wormwood.