Ask a Gardener - Tomato and Basil
Question: I see tags on some tomato plants that say, "plant with basil," does that mean plant in the same hole, within 6", or just the general area? Also just what good does it do? -Ed Ed, Basil is a great partner for tomatoes. It not only enhances the flavor of tomatoes, it also repels aphids, whiteflies, hornworms, mosquitoes and other insects. The art of planting different plants together for their mutual benefit is called companion planting. By planting complimentary plants next to each other, you can intensify the flavor of vegetables, enrich the soil, attract beneficial insects and repel pests. Just plant basil next to your tomatoes (6 inches to 12 inches) in the same garden or container to see the results. And try some of these other companion plants, too!
Onion repels cabbage butterflies and helps all members of the cabbage family.
Chives are good companions for tomatoes and fruit trees
Garlic helps repel fruit borers
Chrysanthemums help protect strawberries
Japanese beetles can be lured by marigold, evening primrose, four-o'clock and woodbine
Garlic also helps deters Japanese Beetles
Marigolds discourage nematodes from attacking potatoes, strawberries, roses and bulbs
Nasturtiums help keep away squash bugs and benefit potatoes, radishes, cucumbers and cabbages
Hot peppers can discourage insect pests
Marigolds promote growth keep insects away.
Radishes attract leaf miners away from spinach.
Nectar from dwarf zinnias lures ladybugs and other predators can help to protect cauliflower from cabbageworms
Dill protects all members of the cabbage family by attracting wasps that kill cabbageworms
Rosemary protects cabbage, beans and carrots