Dill companion plants
Dill can draw useful bugs such as praying mantis honeybees, parasitic wasps ladybugs, and hoverflies. It could also keep undesirable guests out of your gardens like spider mites and aphids or cabbage loopers.
Let’s look at the companion plants for dill which are great neighbors, and others that could make your veggies taste terrible (avoid these).
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Excellent Companion Plants for Dill
Here’s a brief list of the best dill companions:
- Asparagus plants
- Brussels sprouts
Brassicas – Health Improver
Dill is believed to repel cabbage loopers and cabbage worms (the principal pests of brassicas). This beneficial plant group includes kohlrabi, collards and cabbage, and broccoli.
Onions, Garlic Chives – Aphid Protection
The three plants can keep away aphids (which is a serious issue with dill). If you are experiencing Aphids in your yard. Use these three companion plants to provide protection.
Lettuce – Dill Defends
Lettuce may have a myriad of insects that are attracted to it. However, dill is a great repellent to those insects, and lettuce will thrive for a long time.
Asparagus – Bring in the Ladybugs & Lacewings
The ladybugs and lacewings attracted by the dill plants can assist in protecting asparagus from pests such as aphids.
Cucumber – Beetles Be Gone
Dill assists in attracting insects that devour pests that are common to cucumbers, like cucumber beetles.
Chervil – Ramp Up Protection
Chervil, just like dill is an aromatic plant that attracts parasitic was a great pest killer. Thus, planting chervil in conjunction with your garden’s veggies will offer additional protection against garden pests.
Plants to Avoid Growing With Dill
- Hot Peppers
- Bell Peppers
Dill isn’t a good companion plant for any vegetable. Here is some additional information to explain the reason:
Dill isn’t suggested as a plant to be used for garden vegetables belonging to the carrot family (such as parsnips) because it’s close to umbellifers. If two plants cross-pollinate this could result in an unpleasant flavor.
Dill can also slow growing your plants of carrots and can attract carrot flies.
Many gardeners love the scent and flavor of cilantro! Don’t make it worse by planting dill to be an alternative crop. Like the carrots mentioned above both dill and cilantro are both family members, so you shouldn’t cross-pollinate the two.
The flowers of dill plants attract the beneficial wasps we discussed earlier. They can devour tomato Hornworms. They chew on tomato leaves, and also make holes in the tomato plants. Therefore, you shouldn’t have them on your tomato plants.
What herbs make great partners for Dill?
Chervil, like dill, is a helpful herb that draws parasitic wasps- frequent pest predators. When you plant them together – thus you’ll give your vegetable garden greater protection from bugs.
You can introduce dill into your herb garden as a companion plant to keep your brassicas healthy and pest-free.
The reason you need to select dill companions with care
Dill is a rapid-growing, rapidly maturing plant with a shorter lifespan. It only takes one month for this plant to fully mature. Therefore, you must be careful about pairing it with vegetables in your garden and plants that grow quickly – too.
But that does not mean you cannot make use of dill as a companion plant for slow growers. All you have to do is start a few dill seeds every week for several weeks to have an abundance of dill that is available throughout the season which will keep the pests away from your plants until they’re fully mature.
Another reason you need to be aware of the dill companion is that dill is susceptible to a wide range of ailments that it could transfer to other nearby plants. The shrub, for instance, is susceptible to the leaf spot disease that is caused by a variety of bacteria and fungi.
If you plant dill in addition to other garden plants which are also susceptible to leaf spot disease the fungal spores could be carried by wind to adjacent vegetables, which can result in the same leaf spot problem.
Dill & Insects.
Dill is a great plant to attract a variety of beneficial insects into your yard. These insects include honeybees hoverflies, Ichneumonid wasps as well as other wasps. Swallowtail butterflies caterpillars are particularly fond of the flavor of dill.
Dill plants are believed to be a natural insect repellent to Aphids, cabbage loopers, squash bugs, and spider mites.
Butterfly caterpillars called Swallowtails have been thought to be a fan of dill.
What Are the Benefits of Companion Planting?
Companions can aid a particular crop to grow or grow more efficiently alongside the particular crop. They will perform a variety of support tasks within the gardens:
1. Remove insects that cause problems. Cucumber beetles, cabbage worms, Mexican bean beetles, cabbage moths, carrot flies–all kinds of insects can be found in vegetables. A variety of other plant species (like catnip, marigold, and rue) can repel certain pests and should be planted around specific crops to ensure they remain completely free of insects.
2. Attract beneficial insects. Pollinators such as ladybugs and bees could use a bit of motivation to visit gardens and pollinate crops. Gardeners usually cultivate attractive plants such as borage flowers to draw pollinators to go to.
3. Improve soil nutrients. When plants develop, they draw vital nutrients from the soil. This leaves the gardener with much work to the close of the season to replenish the soil’s nutrients. But, there are several companions (like pole beans and bush beans) which add nutrients such as nitrogen back to the soil and help to keep other plants in good health.
4. Help to promote more rapid growth and better flavor. Many of the companion flowers (like marjoram and chamomile and summer sweet) release certain chemicals that stimulate greater growth and better flavor in the surrounding plants.
5. Create a ground with a cover. Plants that grow low on the soil (like oregano) act as an overhang on the soil, shielding it from sun damage and making it cool for plants that thrive in cooler temperatures.
6. Shade is essential. Plants that are tall and lush (like zucchini and asparagus) are a great shade option for plants that are sensitive to the sun.
7. Use to mark the area. If you are growing plants that grow slowly It can be hard to know which rows to plant when you wait for the seeds to germinate. Gardeners usually use fast-growing varieties (like radishes) in conjunction with slow-growing ones in their rows to mark the places where slow growers are likely to be.