I have found the importance next to planting herbs on the prescribed day of the moon cycle is how the herbs are fertilized. The best day to plant an herb is on the day of the moon cycle that calls for the planting of leafy greens.
Next, fertilizing the herb is a very important consideration. If you apply fertilizer to your herbs at the rate you apply to the rest of your garden, or worse yet, a heavy fertilization routine, you will produce beautiful large leaves. But you have reduced the aroma, flavor and essential oils of the herb. I have found that applying a good organic fertilizer at half the rate of the recommended amount is the best for herbs. Herbs grown in container pots (either containers, or pots) need fertilization more than those planted in the ground. Herbs or any plant for that matter grown in containers depend on getting their nutrition from fertilization. Assuming you fertilize your garden frequently is a good reason to plant your herbs in pots. Planting herbs in pots allows you to control how much fertilizer your herb plant gets. Again, the less the herb is fertilized, the more pungent the aroma and concentrated the essential oil will be in the plant.
When growing herbs also consider the art of companion planting. Choose plants that complement and enhance the growth of the other. Companion plants have a symbiotic relationship. Keep in mind the benefit the aroma of the herb will give your garden or container plant.
Companion planting will increase vegetable yields as well as repel unwanted pests. Some of my favorite herb companion combinations:
Basil – repels white flies and mosquitoes; it grows well with tomatoes or peppers
Dill – plant with cabbage; dill on the other hand does not do well with carrots
Lavender – grows well with kale and broccoli
Mint – deters cabbage moth; therefore, plant with cabbage; plant mint in a container if you don’t want it to take over your garden
Parsley – grow with corn and tomatoes; planting near lettuce will promote early bolting of the lettuce
Rosemary – Deters cabbage moth and carrot fly; plant near cabbage, carrots and broccoli; a note about rosemary, it likes its feet dry, so overwatering rosemary is a no-no
Thyme – Deters tomato hornworms; overwatering thyme is a no-no as it likes its feet dry
One of the most popular vegetables (actually it’s a fruit) people grow is a tomato plant. So, I am including here herbs to consider in planting with you tomato plant.
Basil – repels white flies and enhances the flavor of the tomato
Borage – improves the flavor of the tomato; also, as a note, borage assists in the digestion of flax which I have been taking for years; borage attracts bees, so increases pollination
Marigold – repels the tomato hornworm and white flies; improves the flavor of the tomato