Companion Plant Ideas With Tomatoes

Question:

I planted two Early Girl tomato plants in a large raised bed. I have room for something else but I know from experience not just anything will grow with tomatoes. Any suggestions?

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Hardiness Zone: 8b

Judy from Yelm, WA

Answer:

Judy,

Here are some good companions to plant in and around tomatoes: Asparagus, carrots, celery, cucumber, nasturtium, limas, onion, parsley, and pepper.

Here are some plants considered friends of tomatoes-plants that enhance their growth and flavor:

  • Basil: It repels flies and mosquitoes, and as previously stated, makes a great dinner combo. Bee Balm, Chives, Mint-These all work to improve the health and flavor of your tomatoes.

  • Borage: Acts as a deterrent for tomato worms, while improving growth and enhancing flavor.

  • Dill (immature): Young plants improve the growth and overall health of tomatoes plants.

  • Marigolds: A wonderful flower for deterring tomato worms and other garden pests.

If possible, you should avoid planting these plants next to your tomatoes:

  • Corn: Often attacked by the same type of worms.

  • Kohlrabi: Known to stunt tomato plant growth.

  • Mature Dill: Will also stunt tomato plant growth.

  • Potatoes: Both are attacked by the same blight.

Good luck!

Ellen

About The Author: Ellen Brown is an environmental writer and photographer and the owner of Sustainable Media, an environmental media company that specializes in helping businesses and organizations promote eco-friendly products and services. Contact her on the web at http://www.sustainable-media.com

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May 17, 20080 found this helpful

Basil is great with tomatoes. It's supposed to help keep bad bugs away from the tomatoes, and of course, it's great to eat with tomatoes!

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May 17, 20080 found this helpful

Bell peppers are a good companion with tomatoes and they're easy to grow. Have you seen the price on peppers at the market? They're $2.50 a piece here!

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May 18, 20080 found this helpful

You could also google and look for companion plants.

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May 18, 20080 found this helpful

One of my sons suggested planting jalapenos as a companion to tomatoes. He says it gives the tomatoes a slightly sparky flavor, not pepper hot but slightly sparky.

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May 19, 20080 found this helpful

I always plant my peppers and basil with my tomatoes. They all like the same conditions and they go well together when you are harvesting something for dinner.

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May 19, 20080 found this helpful

And don't forget Marigolds. They'll protect your veggie's against bugs.

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May 19, 20080 found this helpful

Tomatoes love carrots and garlic or onions. Carrots loosen the soil and allow the tomato roots to grow deeper, garlic or onions create a natural bug repellent!

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May 19, 20080 found this helpful

You're in coastal Washington? The only thing that you need in there is slug bait!

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May 23, 20080 found this helpful

I've read that asparagus is a great companion.

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