Posted on 07 August 2007 by tomatocasual.com

Tomatoes Love Carrots: Companion Planting for Better Tomatoes

Tomatoes Love Carrots: Companion Planting for Better TomatoesBy Tomato Queen

It should come a no shock that tomatoes have natural allies in the plant world.

These allies help protect the tomato from pests and predators, leave nutrients in the soil that help the plants and fruit to grow, improve flavor, and in turn benefit from the tomato plant properties.

Friends of the Tomato

As a rule of thumb, consider planting your tomatoes near: carrots, beans, celery, cucumbers, lettuces, mint, garlic, chives, parsley, borage, bee balm, oregano, sage, or marigolds.

Basil and onions are also especially friendly, and can easily be planted between rows.

Roses, peppers, and asparagus really love tomatoes, too; and though they don’t offer tomatoes much in return, they get along well.

Enemies of the Tomato

Keep in mind, too, that tomatoes have natural enemies.

Avoid planting tomatoes near: corn, cruciferous vegetables (cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, brussel sprouts, kohlrabi), potatoes, rosemary, peas, fennel, kale, mature dill (young dill can help tomato plant growth but mature dill stunts it), or walnut trees.

Interested in more?

Check out Louise Riotte’s beautifully narrative Carrots Love Tomatoes, one of my favorite gardening books.

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4 Responses to “Tomatoes Love Carrots: Companion Planting for Better Tomatoes”

  1. tomatocasual.com Susan Wolfe Says:

    In order to enable success with tomatoes, do I have to give up planting corn all together or is there a distance between the two crops that will give me the best of both crops?

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  4. tomatocasual.com theophilus Says:

    Look also at the book ‘Great Garden Companions’ by Cunningham. Great pictures of her gardens, and great lists of plants that also attract good bugs.

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