Growing Peppers? Grow These 5 Helpful Herbs Too!

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Companion planting is the practice of planting different, complementary plants together so that one or all benefit.  When growing peppers, here are five herbs you should also consider planting:

Basil

  • Peppers planted near basil may get a boost in flavor!
  • Basil may repel common pests like aphids, spider mites, thrips, etc.
  • It’s also a delicious herb in its own right! Basil is great for pesto and Caprese Salad.herbs

Chives

  • Thought to increase the flavor and yields of nearby crops.
  • They may repel some garden miscreants, like aphids!
  • Chives are a perennial, so they grow back year after year without any work on your part.
  • A delicious member of the onion family, chives work as a flavorful garnish on just about any savory dish.

Dill

  • Dill attracts beneficial insects. These good guys of the garden help with pollination and eat bad bugs.
  • It may improve the flavors of vegetables planted nearby.
  • Tastes great with fish or chicken.  Dill is also essential for dill pickles.  Mmm, pickles!herbs

Marjoram

  • Marjoram may improve the flavor of nearby herbs and vegetables.
  • It’s low growing, so it doesn’t compete with your peppers for light or space.
  • Pairs well with just about any meat dish, as well as cheese and mushrooms.

Lovage

  • It’s thought to improve the flavor and health of nearby vegetables.
  • Lovage is a taller plant, so it can provide shade and protection from the wind.
  • Another perennial that will come back year after year without much work.
  • It’s a lesser know herb that tastes a bit like celery and parsley.  Can be used in place of celery or parsley in recipes.  When using it in recipes, go easy at first because it’s stronger than you might expect!

So there you go, five herbs that help your peppers and add some spice to your life!  Before you go, there are a couple of things you should keep in mind.  While all these plants are potentially good companions for peppers, they are not necessarily good companions for each other.  Also, your specific growing conditions can affect how plants react to each other.  Be sure to experiment and see what works best in your garden!

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