Organic gardening tips
A list of some herbs, their companions, their uses for organic insect control, including some beneficial weeds and flowers.
Basil: Companion to tomatoes, dislikes rue intensely. Improves growth and flavor. Repels flies and mosquitoes.
Beebalm: Companion to tomatoes, improves flavor and growth.
Borage: Companion to tomatoes, squash and strawberries, deters tomato worms, improves flavor and growth.
Caraway: Plant here and there helps loosen soil.
Catnip: Plant in borders, deters flea beetle.
Camomile: Companion to cabbages and onions, improves growth and flavor.
Chervil: Companion to radishes, improves growth and flavor.
Chives: Companion to carrots, improves growth and flavor.
Dead Nettle: Companion to potatoes, deters potato bug, improves growth and flavor.
Dill: Companion to cabbage, dislikes carrots, improves the growth and health of cabbage.
Fennel: Plant away from garden, most plants dislike it.
Flax: Companion to carrots, potatoes, deters potato bug. Improves growth and flavor.
Garlic: Plant near roses and raspberries, deters Japanese beetle, improves growth and health.
Horseradish: Plant at corners of potato patch to deter potato bug.
Henbit: General insect repellant.
Hyssop: Deters cabbage moth, companion to cabbage and grapes. Keep away from radishes.
Lamb's-Quarters: This edible weed should be allowed to grow in moderate amounts in the garden, especially in corn.
Lemon Balm: Sprinkle throughout the garden.
Marigolds: The workhorse of the pest deterents. Plant through-out the garden, it discourages Mexican bean beetles, nematodes, and many other insects.
Mint: Companion to tomatoes and cabbage. Deters white cabbage moth.
Marjoram: Here and there in garden, improves flavors.
Mole Plant: Deters moles and mice.
Nasturtium: Companion to radishes and cabbages, also, plant under fruit trees. Deters aphids, squash bugs, striped pumpkin beetle and improves growth and flavor.
Petunia: Protects beans from insects.
Pigweed: One of the best weeds for pumping nutrients from the subsoil, it is especially beneficial to potatoes, onions and corn. Keep weeds thinned out.
Peppermint: Planted among cabbages, it repels the white cabbage butterfly.
Rosemary: Companion to cabbage, beans, carrots and sage. deters cabbage moth, bean beetles and carrot fly.
Rue: Keep away from Sweet Basil, plant near roses and raspberries, deters Japanese beetles.
Sage: Plant with rosemary, cabbage and carrots, but keep away from cucumbers. Deters cabbage moth and carrot fly.
Sowthistle: This weed in moderate amounts can help tomatoes, onions and corn.
Summer Savory: Plant with beans and onions. Deters bean beetles.
Tarragon: Good throughout the garden.
Thyme: Plant here and there, deters cabbage worm.
Wild Morning Glory: Great growing in with corn.
Wormwood: As a border it helps deter animals.
Yarrow: Plant along borders, paths near aromatic herbs, enhances essential oil production.