Vegetables and herbs in one’s garden is a smart gardening strategy. This not only fills our dinner table with healthy and flavorful recipes, it puts lively color to the home as well. Moreover, just imagine the fresh flora aromatic scent derived from growing herbs and vegetables together.
Home garden is good but it can often cause some small pestering problems. Pests and insects easily get attracted to vegetable plants, this is common knowledge, and at times these pests manage to sneak into our kitchen or dining room unnoticed. That’s why it is a wise idea to be growing herbs and vegetables together, especially in home gardens. And most especially if the garden is to be placed next to the kitchen or even in it.
Most herbs give off smells offensive to insects and pests so that herbs are seldom seen with damages inflicted by insects. Some herbs are said to emit the smell to as far as 2 to 3 feet away, clearing off insects in the area of the radius thus covered. Thus, most vegetable growers are often growing herbs and vegetables together, side by side, alternately, or in a bed bounded by herbs.
The usual way is to secure the perimeter of the garden bed with herbs. For instance, plant the garden bed borders with mint or rosemary. Then plant the inside of the border with all vegetable types desired. The herbs around the garden bed would keep most pests and insects from going near the vegetable plants. Growing herbs and vegetables together like this is very practical.
A key to growing herbs and vegetables together successfully is to make sure that both plant varieties chosen have similar requirements for growing conditions. Their required season for planting should also match. A good example is to plant cilantro herbs with beets once a year. Or dill herbs with carrots. Or parsley herbs with radishes. When growing herbs and vegetables together, take care not to overcrowd the garden bed. Each plant, regardless of variety, needs enough space for enough air to freely get through them. Also, plants need space to grow freely without hindrance.
Finally, it is wise to plant herbs where they would be easy to harvest. Never put herbs in the middle of a garden bed surrounded by bigger vegetables. Herbs are best planted along the garden bed’s borders, especially when big or tall vegetables are also planted in the same plot of ground.
Hence, for smart gardening, from sowing seeds to harvesting, everything should be considered carefully when growing herbs and vegetables together.
Originally posted 2009-07-12 11:33:49.