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.
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