Basil is a wonderful plant to plant near your kitchen
windows or doorways, not just for its use in your favorite dishes, but because
this culinary herb has terrific natural pest repellent properties! Said to
effectively keep house flies and mosquitoes away, planting Basil near entryways
to your home, rubbing it on your skin and clothing, and planting it around your
yard and patio will help reduce the amount of unwanted summer pests. Planting
it in your garden will also keep destructive pests like Thrips, white flies,
and aphids away from neighboring plants. Basil blooms are also very attractive
to butterflies and other useful pollinators.
Basil is said to increase the health and flavor of many
vegetables like asparagus, bell peppers, cabbage and especially tomato plants
when companion planted together. For
best results, do not plant Sage or Rue near your Basil, as this is said to
inhibit the plantís growth and flavor. Instead, grow Chamomile near your Basil
plants to encourage its success.