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Thyme is a great herb to grow indoors in your kitchen, but did you know that it can also be of great use to help other plants in your garden? Using thyme in companion planting you can help repel insects that could harm some of your crops. Thyme’s strong scent can also attract pollinators to your garden and beneficial insects that prey on harmful ones. In this article, we go over good companion plants for thyme and what you should not plant with thyme.
Good Companion Plants for Thyme
- Bok Choy
- Brussels Sprouts
- Collard Greens
- Green Beans
Bok Choy, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Kohlrabi, and Cauliflower make great companion plants with thyme because of the compound called thymol that is found in thyme. Thymol is actually in many pesticides that are sold. This compound can help deter many insects including the ones that harm the Brassica family, like cabbage worms, loopers, flea beetles, aphids, and moths.
Companion Plants for Broccoli
Blueberries are a good companion plant for thyme because the blueberry shrubs can benefit from the pollinators that thyme can bring to the garden. Also, thyme can tolerate acidic soil which is what blueberries need to thrive.
Corn benefits from thyme as a companion crop due to the ability for thyme to keep earworms away.
Eggplant benefits from thyme being planted nearby because thyme can help repel aphids and garden moths.
Lavender has been known to thrive better when thyme is used as a companion plant.
Potatoes can be susceptible to potato beetles, thyme makes a good companion plant for potatoes because it attract insects that prey on potato beetles.
Roses do well with thyme growing nearby due to thyme’s scent deterring backflies.
Shallots are said to have their flavor increased when used as a companion plant for thyme.
Strawberries are a good companion plant for thyme because thyme will help deter parasitic worms that can cause issues with your strawberry plants. It’s also said by some gardeners that thyme can help increase the yield of nearby strawberry plants and help them grow faster.
Tomatoes can be susceptible to hornworms, by planting thyme with your tomato plants you are bringing in natural repellent for hornworms.
What Not to Plant With Thyme
Herbs such as Basil, Cilantro, Chives, Mint, and Parsley all prefer moist soil instead of dryer soil like thyme so it is best to keep these herbs growing in a separate area.
Fennel should always be grown by itself.
Frequently Asked Questions About Companion Planting With Thyme
Lavender, Marjoram, Oregano, Rosemary, Sage all do well when grown with thyme. All of these herbs prefer dryer soil. You should not grow herbs together that need different types of soil or growing conditions.
Thyme grows well with other herbs that have the same soil and water requirements as thyme does. These would include lavender, marjoram, oregano, rosemary, and sage.