How to Grow Dry Loving Herbs & Planting Companion Plants round Tomatoes | Organic Edible Garden

How to Grow Dry Loving Herbs & Planting Companion Plants round Tomatoes | Organic Edible Garden

Thyme, sage, marjoram, oregano, rosemary and tarragon do best in dry, warm conditions. They’re also known as aromatic or Mediterranean herbs.
They like completely opposite conditions to the wet-loving herbs like coriander, chervil, mint, dill and sorrel. It’s best therefore to plant them in completely differently places in the garden (or in separate pots or planters) so you can look after them differently.
Parsley and chives straddle the two types as they can handle warm and cool conditions, but they need lots of watering.
Basil has its own set of requirements. It only thrives in warm soils and hot, sunny weather but likes lots of moisture and lots of nutrients in the ground.
Dry-loving herbs don’t like a high-nutrient soil. They like an alkaline soil, so a good dressing of lime on the soil before planting will set them up well.
Dry-loving herbs are perennial plants so will last at least a couple of years in the garden, and longer if well looked after. In spring when they’re looking woody, give them a hard trim back and they’ll reward you with strong, new growth.
They have a lovely flower that attracts beneficial insects and is also edible.
Basil is a good companion plant for tomatoes because it likes the same slightly acidic soil that tomatoes do.
Flowers of the basil plant are edible and taste like their leaf.
Plant two basil plants per one tomato plant. Slugs and snails love basi, so set up traps.
Beneficial flowering plants bring in parasitic wasps and hoverflies and repel unwanted bugs. Companion flowering plants for tomatoes need to be low-growing. We suggest marigold, catmint, nasturtium and phacelia.
It’s time to tie up your tomato plants. Use a soft T-shirt ribbon so as not to damage the stems.
Delateral tomatoes only when the sky is blue and there’s a gentle breeze (ie when it’s not humid) as infection can occur when you break stems off your tomato plants in humid conditions.


  1. eevagirl on June 11, 2022 at 9:42 pm

    That’s awesome! Learnt heaps in that short video thanks! (-8

  2. Van Guillamun on June 11, 2022 at 9:48 pm

    Did you say drizzle some lime?

  3. Lady Flora Loves Jesus on June 11, 2022 at 9:55 pm

    I feel like nobody ever talks about the difference between wet and dry herbs. This very helpful information! Would you say lavender is a dry herb too? Wanting similar conditions as rosemary? Thanks!

  4. Kent B on June 11, 2022 at 10:00 pm

    I planted companions around my tomatoes . But the tomatoes grew so huge that they killed off all the companions for lack of sunlight. What is the proper spacing for companions?

  5. Deeanna Salinas on June 11, 2022 at 10:03 pm

    City need to learn this alot

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  7. Julia Soul liven on June 11, 2022 at 10:13 pm

    Excellent video. You explain everything so well. Where in NZ can we buy your lovely looking plants?

  8. Cheryl Martin on June 11, 2022 at 10:14 pm

    My basil prefers cool conditions. Didn’t like my conservatory !

  9. The Alchemist on June 11, 2022 at 10:26 pm

    thx Sir for Information

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