Herbal Allies in the Garden ~ N through Z

Last week, I posted the first article in this two-part series, “Herbal Allies in the Garden ~ A through M.” Today, I’m sharing with you the herbal (and floral) allies list N through Z. Again, although this list is not exhaustive, it represents many of the common herbs and flowers gardeners plant. Consider growing these among your vegetables and fruit trees to help repel garden pests and disease as well as draw beneficial insects to your garden. And the added beauty is always a plus!

NOTE: See Plant Families for detailed information on the plants included in each family mentioned below.

NASTURTIUM:

  • Beans – Deters bean beetles
  • Brassicas – Deters bugs, beetles, aphids
  • Melons/Pumpkins – Deters bugs, beetles, aphids
  • Cucumbers – Deters aphids, beetles, bugs; and improves growth and flavor
  • Squash – Deters squash bugs and beetles
  • Radishes – Improves growth and flavor
  • General – Attracts hoverflies (whose larvae eat aphids)

OREGANO:

  • Cucurbits – Deters pests in general
  • Beans – Enhances growth

PARSLEY:

  • Roses – Increases fragrance of roses

PIGWEED:

  • Corn – Raises nutrients from subsoil where corn can reach them
  • Onions – Raises nutrients from subsoil where onions can reach them

POPPIES:

  • General – Attracts hoverflies (whose larvae eat aphids)

ROSEMARY:

  • Beans – Deters bean beetles
  • Brassicas – Deters cabbage moth
  • Carrots – Deters carrot fly

SAGE:

  • Brassicas – Deters cabbage moth
  • Carrots – Deters carrot fly

SOUTHERNWOOD:

  • Brassicas – Deters cabbage moth, and improves growth and flavor

SOW THISTLE:

  • Onions – Improves growth and flavor

SUMMER SAVORY:

  • Beans – Deters bean beetles, and improves growth and flavor
  • Onions/Garlic – Improves growth and flavor

TANSY:

  • Brassicas – Deters cabbage worm and cutworm
  • Cucumbers – Deters ants, striped cucumber beetles, squash bugs, and flying insects
  • Fruit trees – Planted under fruit trees, it deters pests
  • Raspberries – Deters Japanese beetles
  • General – Concentrates potassium in the soil (can add plant material to compost pile). Also attracts honeybees.
  • WARNING: TOXIC TO ANIMALS! Keep away from grazing animals. Don’t let go to seed as it can be invasive.

THYME:

  • Brassicas – Deters cabbage worm and whitefly
  • Corn – Reples corn earworms
  • Strawberries – Deters worms when used as a border
  • Tomatoes – Deters tomato hornworms
  • General – Attracts honeybees and deters flea beetles

YARROW:

  • General – Attracts lady bugs, hoverflies (whose larvae eat aphids), and predatory wasps; has insect repelling qualities.
  • General – Improves health of sick plants planted near it; the leaves make good fertilizer and are good in the compost pile.

If you want to order herbs, here are a few good sites to order from:

I already have seed packets for several herbs on these lists (especially the culinary herbs), but I want more. I’ll be working on my spring planting plan and seed order next month, and I can’t wait to add more herbs to my planting list – herbs to aid my garden, flavor my cooking, and even heal my body. How can I lose?

What herbs will you be ordering and planting next spring?

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