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Oregano is a popular herb in the kitchen and in the garden. Using oregano in companion planting can provide many benefits to other crops in your garden. While many people say oregano can just be planted with anything there are some important points to remember. Oregano is not a moisture-loving herb. Its soil conditions are usually dryer than those of herbs like basil and mint. It is because of this I recommend not planting these herbs together in a container or pot and instead keep them in separate containers so you can control their watering environment a bit easier. Below we go over what are good companion plants for oregano and what you should not plant right next to oregano.
Another important aspect of using oregano as a companion plant is that just like mint it can take over an area easily as it grows very fast. It is because of this that it’s a good idea to keep oregano in your garden contained to a pot or one raised bed. When using oregano as a companion plant, use a pot of it near the crop as most befits will be from its scent deterring pests away from your crops or its flowers bringing in beneficial insects.
Good Companion Plants For Oregano
There are not many plants that don’t do well with oregano, but the following list of plants and vegetables gain the most benefit from being a companion plant with oregano.
- Bee Balm
Cabbage and Cauliflower benefit from oregano repelling cabbage moths.
Cucumbers are a good companion plant for oregano because they benefit from oregano repelling cucumber beetles.
Grapes can become victim to many pests, using oregano as a companion plant for grapes helps repel many of these pests.
Lavender is a good companion plant for oregano because they both have the same soil needs and in addition to that, oregano helps lavender thrive. Find other good crops to plant with lavender here.
Tomatoes benefit from oregano as a companion plant once the oregano plant flowers. Pollinators are attracted to oregano plants flowering, and this will help bring the pollinators to your tomato plants when planted nearby.
Squash and Zucchini are good companion plants for oregano due to oregano’s ability to keep squash bugs away.
What Not To Plant With Oregano
Basil, Chives, Cilantro, and Mint all prefer soil moisture levels that are higher than what oregano plants need. If you do plant these near each other it is best to do so by planting them in separate containers.