Tomatoes Love Carrots

Garden romance? Absolutely! Just like us, some plants are incredibly compatible while others are not. It takes more than good soil, sun and water to ensure garden success. “Companion Planting” — where certain types of plants are placed in relation to each other — is an important part of the mix.

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How does Companion Planting work?

Companions help each other grow: Tall plants, for example, provide shade for sun-sensitive shorter plants.

Companions use garden space efficiently: Vining plants cover the ground, while upright plants grow up — allowing space for two plants in one patch.

Companions can help prevent pest problems: Plants like onions repel certain pests. Other plants can lure pests away from more desirable plants.

Companions attract beneficial insects: Every successful garden needs plants that attract the predators of pests.

Winning Combinations?

The Three Sisters” – Corn, pole beans and either pumpkins or squash are the classic example of happy companions. Each of the sisters contributes something to the planting.

Cabbage and Dill – Dill is a great companion for cabbage family plants, such as broccoli and brussels sprouts. The cabbages support the floppy dill, while the dill attracts the tiny beneficial wasps that control imported cabbageworms and other cabbage pests.

Radishes and Spinach – Radishes draw leafminers away from Spinach.

Marigolds – planted with just about anything help to repel beetles, nematodes and even animal pests.

Click here for a list of “Friends and Foes” for Ten Common Vegetable plants. Also, Louise Riotte’s book, “Carrots Love Tomatoes”, is a fabulous resource on this topic.

What to Plant this weekend in Bedford this weekend?

How about carrots and radishes? The radish seeds will germinate ahead of the carrots seeds, loosening the soil for germinating carrots. The carrots will still be young when the radishes are ready for harvesting. When the radishes are harvested, there will be more room for carrots to grow. In a few weeks, you’ll be enjoying delicious root veggies in your summer salads!