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Companion plants for Dills & What not to plant with Dills

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Companion planting is one of the popular methods to grow a group of plants. They help each other to produce better yields. However, Dills is mostly known as one of the best companion plants for other plants. It gives more benefits than taking. 

Dills are flavorful herbs, which have fluffy green leaves, and are most often used in pickling, as well as in soups and stews. 

No doubt, growing good quality dills will help you give good flavor. But there are not many plants or veggies that help to grow better dills. In fact, most gardeners plant dills next to other vegetables or plants to get benefits. Here in this post, I list good companion plants that grow well with dills as well as companion plants that do not grow well with dills. 

Good companion plants for dills

What is a good companion plant? A plant that helps its fellow plants to produce a better yield. But, that’s not the case with dills and with many other herbs. Dills are good companion plants for many vegetables and plants.

In the case of dills, good companion plants are those that grow well with dills without negatively impacting dill growth. Not the plant which improves or helps them to grow. Dills have some special characteristics that benefit other plants. 

Dills attract pollinators like bees and butterflies in the garden that help other plants to reproduce. It also attracts beneficial insects like ladybugs and Lacewings. These beneficial insects protect vegetables by predating on pests including spider mites, aphids, cucumber beetles, and others. 

Below are some plants that good well with dills: 

Asparagus

Asparagus

One of the most effective defenders of the asparagus plant is dill. Aphids, which are winged pests, may cause significant harm to your crops if you do not take preventative measures against them. Aphids target asparagus. If aphids are allowed to feast on asparagus plants, many of the plants will eventually rot and die. Fortunately, dill attracts predators that will help thin down the population of aphids.

For example, dill can attract predatory insects like ladybugs and lacewings, both of which will gladly feed on any aphids that are brave enough to try your asparagus. Because of this natural protection, you won’t need to use pesticides on your plot, and there is no risk that dill will harm the growth or flavor of your asparagus when it comes time to harvest it.

Beans 

Green Beans

You can plant beans next to dills. They both do not compete with each other for nutrition and water.

Brussel

cabbage

One of the most beneficial companion plants for dill is cabbage, which is also one of the plants that you may cultivate. Dill has been shown to be effective in deterring cabbage worms and cabbage loopers, hence preserving the integrity of the cabbage leaf. In general, cabbage and other brassica plants benefit greatly from the use of dill. 

When planted in close proximity to dill, Brussels broccoli, sprouts, and collard greens are far less likely to be attacked by pests. It is also stated that dill encourages the growth of cabbage. However, cabbage by itself may not necessarily be of much assistance to dill, but it may give support in conditions when there is a lot of wind.

Corns

Corn

Corn plants are among the most feasted upon by harmful insects, aphids, corn earworms, and cutworms are the most likely to eat through your crops.

Fortunately, dill will draw sentries of protective insects and minibeasts, such as parasitic wasps, that will pick off the hungrier pests swarming about your corn. These wasps feed on the larvae of other insects. These wasps will eliminate insect populations without causing damage to your corn, making them excellent natural alternatives to harmful pesticides.

Corn has a prodigious growth rate in direct sunlight, which makes it an ideal companion for dill; nevertheless, in order to get the greatest results, you will need to ensure that the former is at least four inches tall. Wasps may be attracted to your garden by allowing your dill to blossom to its greatest potential.

Cucumber

Cucumbers

The cucumber beetle feeds on cucumbers, and your pickles may shrivel and die if they are not protected from the pests they attract. Luckily, dill is a natural attractant of braconid wasps, who are among the most devouring predators of these deadly beetles. These braconid wasps eat the larvae of the beetles.

Growing dill and cucumbers in the same garden won’t change either plant’s growth pattern or the flavor of the finished product, similar to what happens when you grow asparagus and dill together. It is possible for dill to assist increase the flavor of cucumbers before they are harvested; but, the more mature the veggies are, the more likely they are to benefit from the stronger tastes.

Chives, Onion, and Garlic 

Onion and dill both emit powerful smells, and although those perfumes are quite distinct from one another, they also have the ability to ward off a wide range of pests that might cause damage. For instance, a cluster of dill has a very good chance of preventing invasive Japanese beetles from destroying onion crops. These insects feed on onion roots.

Because of the strong odors that they give out, onions and garlic, in particular, are also quite effective in keeping aphids away from dill.

Onions, much like dill, can attract many different kinds of bees and flies into your garden, both of which are important for maintaining a healthy level of plant pollination. When grown together, onions and dill have additional advantages at harvest time, including the fact that dill has the ability to assist in bringing out the taste of its onion partner.

Basil

Additionally, dill does not mind sharing space with other types of herbs, like basil. Not only can you use them interchangeably in the savory recipes you like the most, but you can also grow dill and basil in the same container at the same time. Both plants thrive in well-watered soil, lower than average temperatures, and a modest amount of fertilizer. If you cultivate these two things at the same time, you won’t have to worry about their competing requirements destroying your crop. Lemon balm, Chives, and lemon thyme are a few examples of other herbs that pair very well with dill.

Oregano

You can plant oregano and dill together. Basil and oregano belong to the same family Lamiaceae. Just like basil, oregano thrives in moist soil at an average temperature. The good thing is both oregano and dills are used to add flavor to the food. Growing them as companions with each other will definitely help you. Read companion plants for oregano.

Yarrow

Yarrow, much like dill, can grow abundantly in full light and may actively help to keep the herb from being attacked by insects. Dill is also a good companion plant for the yarrow. Even while dill is highly resistant against a wide variety of minibeasts, it is nonetheless susceptible to assaults by armyworms.

Yarrow is useful because it regularly attracts ladybugs, which devour armyworm eggs as soon as they are laid. This means that yarrow may help prevent the spread of armyworms. Bees and butterflies are very fond of yarrow, and it will help to increase the overall attractiveness of your dill to pollinators if you plant it nearby. Read companion plants for Yarrow.

Bad companion plants for dills

Tomatoes

Tomatoes

Many sources claim that tomatoes are good companion plants for dills but that’s half the truth.

A little bit of extra care and attention is needed in order to get the advantages of growing dill alongside tomatoes. When tomatoes are planted next to young dill, both their growth and their overall health will benefit. However, after it reaches maturity, the dill will inhibit the development of your tomatoes, so you will need to relocate it. Tomato hornworms are attracted to dill, which means that it will be much simpler for them to discover your tomato plants if the dill plants are allowed to develop and continue growing.

One possible solution is to place them in close proximity to one another. The next step is to transfer the dill to another area of the garden after it has reached the point where it is robust enough to do so in order to keep hornworms distant from your tomatoes. But, dills do not perform well when transplanted. So, it’s better to avoid them planting with each other.

Peppers

It is best to keep peppers and other nightshades, such as eggplant away from dill. The dill may have a negative impact on the growth of nightshade plants. 

Carrot and fennel

It is not a good idea to grow dill in close proximity to other plants belonging to the Umbelliferae family, such as angelica, caraway, carrots, or fennel. It is possible for dill to cross-pollinate with some of these other plants, which would result in a hybrid plant that had an unpleasant flavor. Carrot flies, which feed on carrots, are similarly attracted to dill’s pungent aroma. Despite the fact that both plants need full light and soil that drains well, it is still beneficial to keep them as far apart as possible.

Cilantro and Parsley

Dill, cilantro, and parsley are members of the Apiaceae family. Cross-pollination by dill may lead to an unpleasant change in the flavor of either plant. Read companion plants for cilantro.

Final words

Companion planting is a good way to grow multiple vegetables and plants in one garden bed. With the proper planning, you can choose a good companion plant for dill that helps your whole garden. I hope following this article you got the answer to your question. There are many other plants that grow well but it is not possible to cover all of them. However, you must avoid bad companion plants mentioned in the article. 

Tell me which plant you are growing as a companion with dills and share your experience. Let me know in the comment if you have any questions. 

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