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?
Hardiness Zone: 8b
Judy from Yelm, WA
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:
If possible, you should avoid planting these plants next to your tomatoes:
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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!
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!
You could also google and look for companion plants.
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.
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.
And don't forget Marigolds. They'll protect your veggie's against bugs.
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!
You're in coastal Washington? The only thing that you need in there is slug bait!
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