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Parsley can be surprising when it comes to using it for companion planting in the garden. You would think this would be a very versatile companion crop like other herbs such as basil. But in fact, parsley doesn’t have as many crops that it is good to use it with for companion planting. In this article, we go over what are good companion plants for parsley and what not to plant with parsley in the garden.
Parsley can help out with pest control when used as a companion crop. Parsley attracts parasitic wasps and other beneficial insects that feed on harmful insects like aphids, cutworms, earworms, cabbage worms, and more.
Good Companion Plants for Parsley
Asparagus when used as a companion crop to parsley will help both the parsley and asparagus grow better. Also parsley helps repel asparagus beetles.
Beans can be susceptible to cutworms and parsley can help combat this because of it attracting parasitic wasps that will feed on cutworms.
Broccoli, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Brussels Sprouts, Kale, and other Brassicas benefit from parsley because it can help bring in insects that prey on cabbage worms and cutworms.
Corn benefits from being a companion crop with parsley because parsley attracts beneficial insects that will feed on earworms and cutworms that can harm your growing corn.
Peppers: Both hot peppers and bell peppers are good companion crops with parsley. With parsley nearby bringing in beneficial insects, it can help keep the population of aphids, earworms, and other pests that peppers are vulnerable to under control.
Potatoes are a good companion plant for parsley because parsley improves the flavor of potatoes.
Roses are said to have sweeter smelling flowers when parsley is planted around the rose bush.
Tomatoes are another companion crop that parsley will help improve the flavor of. Find other crops to plant with tomatoes here.
What Not To Plant With Parsley In The Garden
Carrots attract carrot root flies, and parsley can also attract this pest. Another problem if using carrots as a companion crop with parsley is that they can cross-pollinate, this can cause problems if you are trying to save your seeds.
Chamomile, like carrots, can attract pests that parsley will also attract. This can be an issue because it’s like a beacon to harmful pests when there are many plants that they like growing altogether in one spot. Find crops to plant with chamomile here.
Celery can have issues growing near parsley because of the pests that parsley attract. Find companion plants for celery here.
Garlic, Onions, Shallots, and other Alliums can stunt the growth of parsley.
Lettuce can get crowded by parsley as the parsley grows.
Mint and Catnip are part of the same family and they do not grow well with Parsley.
Thyme prefers dryer soil so companion planting thyme with parsley would not work too well since they like different conditions. You can plant them in separate containers and put them near each other. This way you are able to control the soil conditions for each plant better.