I have learned in my many years of gardening that plants, like humans, need companions.
For us humans, it's always better when you have a companion that shares and supports you in your journey. Likewise, plants also need companions to share in their growing journey!
Companion planting is where you plant different kinds of plants next to or in the vicinity of each other. There are many reasons to do this which include pest control, pollination, maximizing use of space, increase crop productivity, and providing a habitat for beneficial insects.
I was skeptical until my tomatoes were decimated by horn worms one summer. The following summer I planted several companion plants next to and in the vicinity of my tomatoes. The plants I chose were borage and onions. Since I've incorporated those plants into my gardening plan, I have not seen one horn worm in over 10 years!
More Companions for Tomatoes.
Here is a short list of tomato companions: Amaranth, Asparagus, Basil, Borage, Calendula, Celery, Chives, Cosmos, Cucumbers, Garlic, Lemon Balm, Lettuce, Nasturtium, Marigolds, Onion, Parsley, Sage, and Squash.
What makes a plant a Non-Companion?
There are many reasons a plant makes it to the "Non-Companion" list. Reasons include plant sizes, nutrient and water needs, and the susceptibility to sharing the same plant diseases and pests. Non-companions planted in the wrong area could possibly wipe out your crops.
The list for "non-companions" includes plants in the Brassica family (i.e., cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, rutabaga, kale, etc.), turnips, eggplant, peppers, potatoes, corn, fennel.
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