Companion Plants For Tomatoes

Helpers for Healthy, Tastier Tomatoes

There are some plants that are just perfect companion plants for tomatoes and I hope you find room for them in your vegetable patch.

Crazy as it may sound, I believe, plants, like animals and people like mixed company. How often have you seen plants growing in a row in the wild? Big scale farmers have to do it to use their equipment and for time efficiency. But if you have a smallish garden patch that you tend with loving care, then I highly suggest you try adding some other plants that are perfect companion plants for tomatoes to your patch.

They don't necessarily have to be mixed in beds, alternating rows in bigger plots may still be a help in deterring pests.

If you plant in raised beds or do intensive gardening, it’s easier still.

I found that I could harvest bigger yields, my plants remained healthy, and,  they certainly looked happy with their garden buddies. I kept it pretty simple. My three all-time favorite companion plants for tomatoes were onions, parsley and basil. Forty years later I still find it hard to plant tomatoes without these 4 buddies together.  

Partly  it depended on the width of my garden bed. In wide beds I would have peas and beans nearby and sometimes even green peppers inter spaced with the tomato plants. You still have to allow each plant it's allotted space though in intensive planting beds, I would space them closer together.

I also like to plant lettuce and spinach underneath, with plenty of parsley plants, to shade the ground, act as a living mulch to keep the weeds out, and even if they were never used, they could be composted or dug right in to decompose on their own over the winter. You do have to be careful though, if you do this, that you are not attracting slugs or snails. So keep a sharp eye out for those little critters!

Gardening with companion plants for tomatoes may seem innovative. But let’s not think that this way of gardening is something new; I suspect it didn’t take the first homestead gardeners long to discover the value of keeping some plants in a more natural habitat. 

It's more like a return to a friendly way of gardening, more hands on, definitely more organic in every way.

You’ll notice also how often these plants are eaten or cooked together, too.

Best Friends:  Companion Plants For Tomatoes, other food crops. These plants help with Health and Flavor

  • Asparagus – early growers are done by the time tomato plants are reaching maturity.  They repel nematodes.
  • Basil – helps plants to grow stronger and more flavorful, repels aphids, tomato horn worm, flies and mosquitoes. I plant them right beside the tomatoes.
  • Carrot – may be slightly stunted if grown too close to the tomato plants, but will have excellent flavor.
  • Celery
  • Cucumber
  • Onion – very good for tomatoes, but keep away from asparagus if you have that  growing.
  • Chives – improves flavor of both tomatoes and carrots
  •  Garlic
  • Parsley – let some of it bloom to attract predatory wasps and hoverflies.
  • Pea
  • Sage
  • Spinach, lettuce family – these plants like being nestled under the fuller tomato plants where they can be shaded.

Good Friends: These plants are allies.

  • Nasturtiums
  • French Marigolds deter nematodes, which would stunt growth, and attract hoverflies which eat aphids.
  • Pot Marigold (Calendula
  • Basil: improves growth and flavor, repels mosquitoes and flies
  • Mint, Lemon Balm and Bee Balm improve flavor and health.
  • Borage improves flavor and health; deters tomato horn worm.
  • Dill, in its early days, improves growth

Keep these apart:

  • Brassica family, sometimes called cole plants, cruciferous vegetables: cabbage,    kale, caulifower, Brussel sprouts.
  • Corn and tomato may be attacked by the same/similar worm.
  • Kohrabi  and mature dill hamper  growth of tomato plants.
  • Potatoes and tomatoes are attacked by the same blight.

If you found these tips on Companion Plants for Tomato perfect for your gardening style (we hope, we hope), please, share with your family and friends - or even complete tomato loving strangers. We'd love it and will think of you often as we eat all our tomatoes, knowing you'll be enjoying yours, too.
Happy Tomato growing!

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