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Posted on 08 April 2011 by

Designing a Tomato Based Patio Planter

By Mindy McIntosh-Shetter

Planting tomatoes in a planter on the patio does not appeal to all gardeners.

Some individuals require more style from their patio plantings.

This is where understanding companion plantings comes into play and aids the tomato gardener in their planter creations.

A patio container needs to have a drainage holes in the bottom to prevent the plant material from rotting. This is very important when it comes to tomatoes.

Next, knowing what type of tomato will work for this type of planting is crucial. Determinate or patio tomatoes are the best types to use for container gardening.

Both these types do not require trellising Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 07 June 2009 by

TC Reader Questions: Corn Near Tomatoes, Sweet Seedless

Tomato CasualBy Vanessa Richins

Susan W. writes:

“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?”

Hello Susan. The main reason that advocates of companion planting list tomato and corn as enemies is because they are prone to attack from the same nasty insect.  Helicoverpa zea is known as the corn earworm, the tomato fruitworm and the cotton bollworm.

Their favorite meal is corn. When they are Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on 22 May 2008 by

Companion Planting Part 2: The Arch-Enemies of Tomatoes

By Vanessa Richins

Recently we learned about the friends of tomatoes.

This time we turn attention to the foes – these are the plants that you don’t want to grow anywhere near your tomatoes.

Corn: Corn and tomatoes have an enemy in common. Whether you know it as the tomato fruitworm or the corn earworm, it’s bad, bad news. These 1.5-2″ monsters chew their way through your tomatoes, corn, and a host of other plants.

Dill: It’s strange….when dill is young, it actually enhances tomato growth and health. Once it is mature, however, the opposite is true and it will stunt tomato growth.

Potatoes: Remember how there was a Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 06 May 2008 by

Boost Your Tomatoes with Companion Planting! – Part 1

MarigoldsBy Vanessa Richins

Companion planting is the art of placing certain plants next to others.

These combinations offer benefits to one or both plants.

One such pairing is the herb Borage with our lovely tomatoes. Borage is an annual, edible herb with lovely blue star-shaped flowers. The leaves can be used in salads. It improves tomato plant health and even makes them taste better. Borage also repels the tomato hornworm, the bane of many a tomato grower.

Another pairing is Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 21 April 2008 by

Tomato Personals: Companion Plants Made Easy

Tomato CompanionBy Kira Hamman

Single red heirloom, tall but not leggy, seeks companion for cohabitation and mutual benefit.

Me: high-maintenance star of the show.

You: supporting player, not afraid to play second fiddle. Let’s complement each other’s needs!

Asparagus: I like to star, too, but I’m in a different show. Mine will be over by the time yours really gets started, so we’re perfect for each other! Plus, I’ll kill the nematodes that bother your lovely roots, while you keep those pesky asparagus beetles at bay for me.

Basil: Well, we taste delicious in the same dishes, so Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 07 August 2007 by

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.

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