Herbs are used for cooking, cleaning, and even for health reasons. For centuries, plants were the only medicine we had. People tended to their plants very carefully. Planting herbs for cooking is a great way to not only boost your kitchen creativity but also to get healthy.
Thankfully, many herbs grow just fine together. Plus, growing herbs is not hard to do. You can do it inside and outside with the right light, the right soil, and the right care. Let’s look at a few different ideas that you can start with.
Mediterranean herbs such as rosemary, oregano, sage, thyme, marjoram, and lavender can be planted together due to their similar soil and climate needs. Mediterranean herbs flourish in dry and sandy soil similar to the soil and weather conditions in the Mediterranean Basin. This means these herbs will grow better in sunny, hot, and dry weather conditions.
Basil, cilantro, tarragon, and parsley can be planted together because they prefer more moisture in their soil compared to Mediterranean herbs. When you plant things together that want the same type of soil, it makes your job a lot easier. Plus, you won’t have to worry about over watering them.
Different Types of Mint Herbs
Any herb in the mint family should be planted together with other mints or by themselves. The mint family includes peppermint, spearmint, cat mint, orange mint, and lemon balm. Herbs of the mint family should be planted alone because they tend to overgrow, disrupting other plants by taking their space and depleting their water sources. Mint herbs will also cross-pollinate, so be careful when pairing together or it can create some interesting flavors.
Make Them Companion Plants
If you have a salad garden or other type of garden, consider planting herbs as companion plants for your regular garden. For example, plant basil with tomatoes. Plant mint with cabbage or tomatoes. You can find the right companion plant for your garden inhabitants by looking it up on Google.
By far the simplest way to grow herbs is by using terracotta pots. Put plants together that can go together, and by putting them in pots you can move them around more easily and even bring them indoors to harvest without ruining your back. What’s great about using pots too is that you can turn these herbs into a beautiful extra whimsical touch in your garden.When you plant the right herbs together based on their needs, you’ll end up with a healthier harvest and better-tasting herbs. Click To Tweet
And when you use herbs as companions to other types of vegetables and fruit that you’ve planted, you can help create perma-culture that is pest resistant – which means you’ll use fewer pesticides and have better tasting herbs.