Companion Planting Basil [Benefits of Basil in the Garden]

companion planting basil

The herb Basil comes in many different varieties and all are as good as each other. Companion planting basil with many vegetables will give your plants a boost. Basil is to my mind a super herb.

Companion Planting Basil

Basil The Super Herb

Basil releases an oil that helps other plants to improve on their best, either by deterring damaging insects or by enhancing the flavour of the fruit/vegetable. The aroma of basil is a spicy, aromatic fragrance that makes it so popular with cooks and chefs worldwide. It is that same smell that deters many insects including:-

  • Aphids
  • Whitefly
  • mosquitoes
  • Thrips
  • Fruitflies
  • Houseflies

Basil as a Companion Plant

Basil is a particularly good companion with Tomatoes. Not only does it help to keep away many insects, but it also improves the flavour of the fruit. Basil is also used as an accompaniment with tomatoes in many recipes. They both grow in the same conditions, if ever there was a match made in heaven it’s tomatoes and basil.

Other plants that benefit from companion planting with basil include:-

  • Potatoes
  • Oregano
  • Marigolds
  • Aubergines
  • Peppers
  • Chillies
  • Beetroot
  • Beans
  • Asparagus

All with the added bonus of an abundant supply of fresh, aromatic Basil.

Companion Planting Basil

Bad Companions

A super herb it may be, but be warned there are a couple of plants that just  don’t get on with basil. These include:-

  • Broccolli
  • Cauliflower
  • Kale
  • Cucumbers

Basil As A Healing Herb

There have been many scientific studies done that conclude that Basil is a very beneficial plant for us to use. They state that Basil is beneficial against:-

  • Cancer
  • Diabetes
  • Stress

Basil can also be used as :-

  • Anti inflammatory
  • Analgesic (Pain reducer)
  • Anti pyretic (Fever reducer)
  • Hepatoprotective (Liver protector)
  • Blood vessel protector
  • Immune booster

source Dr. axe

Basil is my favourite herb to use when cooking and is fast becoming my favourite herb in the garden as well.



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