Basil (Ocimum basilicum) is often thought of as a “companion plant.” Unlike its siblings, however, basil doesn’t take up much of the household time. So, it’s important to know that basil companionship plants work best with each other to ensure optimal indoor plant growth. This is a guide of 7 ideal basil companion plants to thrive in your indoor garden along with the most popular and easy-care perennial herb.
Most gardeners love basil because of its wonderful aroma and its ability to fend off flies, gnats, and even mosquitoes. There are various ways to keep mosquitoes from laying their eggs in the soil where your basil plants are planted, including putting netting over the plants, using repellents to keep them away, and making sure they’re planted in groups. The first thing you’ll want to do, then, is make sure you’ve included various pests that feed on basil. Basil does great with various pests:
Chilies are one of the most popular garden pests because of their tasty flavor and the size of the plant. Keep a nice supply of organic chilies around, and you can deter garden pests with a few drops of citronella oil. Some chilies have a strong flavor, so be sure you know what variety to purchase.
Speaking of basil plants and insects, there are two things you absolutely must have if you want your basil-munching garden to thrive: marigolds and peppermint. Both marigolds and peppers have a strong, pungent taste, but only one (the mint) actually produces a measurable amount of vapour. That’s because marigolds are tall plants, and the leaves are actually higher up than the plants’ roots. Peppermint, by contrast, grows down more than the plants do, so the leaves don’t produce much flavour at all. But don’t despair; you can still use the powerful aroma in your cooking.
Another way to ensure that basil companion plants and your kitchen taste great together is to give them ample amounts of light. It helps prevent drying out as well as helping them grow healthily. It sounds simple, but sometimes people try to give plants too much light, resulting in poor growth or stunted flowers. Just remember to buy a variety that’s suitable for your type of soil, and make sure your basil grows well in sunlight.
There are lots of good herbs to choose from as well, and each has its own unique beauty and flavor. As you’ll find when researching your options, however, if you plan on planting basil companion plants next to your oregano, you should give a little thought to how each one will fare in direct sunlight. For instance, chamomile likes a lot of sunshine, so you might want to plant your chamomile and oregano in the same area or in an area where they both have plenty of sunlight exposure. If you have both chamomile and oregano, however, you can place them in separate containers.
Some of the most popular herbs grown as companion plants with basil companion plants include marigolds, mints, bay laurel, annatto, basil leaf, gourmet herbs, sage, basil, chives, and thyme. All of these have very pleasant flavors as well as being highly aromatic. The marigolds we discussed will grow well alongside your marjoram, mint, and basil plant as well as other herbs such as Rosemary, parsley, and basil.
Herbs such as basil, chives, and garlic also grow well as herbs when growing among a variety of other flowering and fruit-bearing plants. In fact, some of these are so compatible that it is not always necessary to place them either in the same container or plant group. Garlic, for example, can be grown next to tomatoes! If you do not have a tomato plant or a plant that is used to harvest tomatoes near your home, herbs such as basil and chives grown next to carrots, beets, onions, potatoes, blueberries, strawberries, blue cheese, cucumbers, bell peppers, and peas all have a pleasant taste and scent when harvested from the garden. You can use your garden to grow a wide variety of herbs for your home and even as cookbooks!