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  •  I always found a strong scented companion (1+ / 0-)
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    helps if you are trying to hide something from bunnies, such as wormwood (my immediate response) or one of the mints.
    Here is some more info on companion planting in general and thyme specifically
    here is a chart of companions:
    and here is a good group to know

    •  Thanks for the links... (1+ / 0-)
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      ...they are a big help.  But they all mostly say that thyme can be planted 'near' things like tomatoes and such things.  my garden is so small that everything is 'near' everything else!  What I want to know is if I can plant thyme directly under the tomato plant so that it can act as a mulch or some such thing.  What do you think?  Would it compete too much for the water in my raised beds?

      Please do not be alarmed. We are about to engage... the nozzle.

      by Terrapin on Fri Dec 28, 2012 at 01:24:55 PM PST

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      •  Whatever you plant by your tomatoes, they will (1+ / 0-)
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        take up that flavor. That is why people like to plant basil by their tomatoes. And Basil is a bee magnet, so it helps improve pollination chances.

        •  great information; I forgot about bee balm (1+ / 0-)
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          It has been decades since I had a savory garden but plants to attract hummingbirds and butterflies are also nice

          Wormwood would not be a good choice beside tomato plants but  it still makes a good boundary to discourage bunnies I have found since they can't smell the party beyond the wormwood  (sounds like a Congregationalist hymn title doesn't it?)

          •  Wormwood releases a hormone into the soil that (0+ / 0-)

            inhibits the growth of other plants like Walnut, and I believe rue does it too, Tomatoes will not do well with that at all.

            I plant basil and nasturtiums next to my tomatoes, they seem to like that.

            •  rue does and so do oak trees and black walnut (1+ / 0-)
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              trees if memory serves which is why I suggested it as a border around the garden so it would not have to be close to the other plants.
              I guess the problem is I was not precise in using the term "companion planting" which has caused confusion.  Told you my mind was Swiss cheese these days

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