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will oregano hurt my tomato plants?

 
danelle grower
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Have tons of oregano and need to hack it back.  Was going to chop and drop under my tomato plants.  Maybe it will help keep some bugs away? or not.  Just don't want to hurt the tomatoes.  Not into drying the herbs have tons already and most of the time use fresh. If nothing else it will make the green house smell good! Thanks
 
Rob Sigg
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Ive done it for the last 2 years and had no issues that I can see, especially if its a healthy plant.
 
danelle grower
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been surfing and found that oregano is ok with nightshade but rosemary not.  Had a rosemary plant I was going to plant in next to the tomatoes but guess I won't.  Never know how accurate the web is I like to hear first hand so thank you.  will continue chopping my oregano and dropping on to the maters. 
 
Rob Sigg
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Hmm Iv never heard that about rosemary and tomatoes...in fact I did the opposite. I had my rosemary plant in between my tomato plants, and they were touching thats how close they were. I never had any issues in fact, that rosemary got so big that year it was amazing. Maybe you shouldnt plant them to close because they might shade each other out? I doubt it has anything to do with chemical reaction though.
 
danelle grower
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Yes! glad to hear it. I am running out of space and really wanted to plant the rosemary next to the tomatoes.  I just don't want to dig any more and we have to  dig and till we have so many rocks things wont grow.  I really like to double up on things.  I am not that well versed in companion planting.  It's more if I see space a weed could grow I pull and then plant something I want.  More concerned about size.  Got 1/2 of the oregano chopped off smells so good.  then mulched with straw. 

I also read that don't plant sage next to tomatoes and cucumbers are not good next to tomatoes.  But both oregano and rosemary are ok for cucumbers.  Need to find a reliable site for info on companion planting.  It just takes so long trial and error.  this year our season is so short way to much rain.  So I really want to pack the green house with things that love heat  so I can extend the season.  So I was thinking fill with tomatoes and cucumbers peppers and herbs to help repel bugs.  I try to do chop drop vs traveling to compost pile. 

Do you know of any thing that will hurt the tomatoes?
 
Rob Sigg
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My sage is only 4 ft away from my tomatoes and no issue, same with cukes.

I use this website and so far my stuff has done great.

http://www.ghorganics.com/page2.html

I think that unless its aleopathic or diseased nothing should really harm your tomatoes as a mulch. If its a growing space issue/competition for nutrients etc. I guess it really depends on the health of your soil.
 
danelle grower
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We have very rich soil lots of alpaca poo.  Good to hear about the sage. I will check out the site. Thank you Most of the time I have not worried to much about it but this year I want to put up sauce.  Last year most of my strawberry beds got choked out by other plants and weeds.  Just didn't want that to happen here. Thanks Again.
 
danelle grower
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Great site Had been there a while back but couldn't find it again.  Do you find most of the stuff accurate and reliable as far as info goes? 
 
Rob Sigg
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Yes I found it mostly helpful, as far as accuracy goes only with what Ive experienced. So far so good. I think most of the logic behind the pairings outside of alleopathic issues has to do with spatial relationships so unless it says this will stunt your plant I wouldn’t be discouraged from trying.

 
danelle grower
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That makes sense. I printed it out so I can take it out in the green house & garden with me. This season is so late.  I am going to try to plant some more herbs and tomatoes in the garden and by the front door.  I have about 80 tomato plants to get in the ground.  Went a little crazy but I may only be able to get one harvest before the weather turns again.  I want to give them the best boost I can.  Thanks again you have been most helpful
 
Rob Sigg
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You are very welcome, GL!
 
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Another ref to companion plants:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_companion_plants
 
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oregano is very aggressive here as well, but I don't see why you cant use it for mulch
 
danelle grower
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Thanks guys that looks like a good list too.  By the time I am done I will have to put a book case in the garden or green house. Went ahead and did the chop drop thing the worst that can happen is the plants will die not the end of the world.  I am sure it will be ok.  Was just a bit concerned because oregano EO ( essential oil) can be so powerful.  However this will be a dried plant so way different.  Maybe some day I will build a distiller so I can make my own EO's
 
I agree. Here's the link: http://richsoil.com/cards
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