The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) said: “Crop planting is a method of growing different crops side by side for the benefit of one or both crops.
“Some plants are thought to confuse potential pests or act as decoys, while others provide food for the pest’s natural enemies.”
When planting tomatoes, using other plants nearby can help encourage a healthier plant with better fruit yields, while the wrong plants can have disastrous results.
According to Obsessed Lawn’s Matt Hagens, tomatoes love companions, so it’s best to raise them with plants like basil, nasturtium, or marigolds.
These friendly neighbors not only help “ward off pests,” they can also help “improve” the flavor of your tomatoes.
Basil is known to make tomatoes taste better, and it can also be added to many tomato dishes.
Nasturtium can deter both whiteflies and aphids, a common problem in summer tomato growing.
Peppers are also great companions, as are spinach, lettuce, and carrots, which help tomatoes thrive.
According to GardeningKnowHow, parsley and mint are other herbs that are good companions for tomatoes.
The RHS added: “Companions can offer extra health to their neighbours. Parsley gives more vitality to tomatoes and asparagus, horseradish near potatoes makes them stronger and more resistant to diseases.”
Matt continued, “Also avoid planting them too close to potatoes or fennel. Believe me, it’s like a nasty neighbor feud that never ends well.”
Planting fennel near tomatoes can stunt the growth of tomatoes and many other plants.
If you don’t want to provide your tomatoes with companion plants, it’s important to check them regularly for disease or opt for a disease-resistant variety, including Crimson Crush.
The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) describes the Crimson Crush as a ‘standard indeterminate’ tomato developed for outdoor cultivation in the vegetable garden, allotment and garden.
Other varieties include Ailsa Craig, which produces trusses of medium-sized tomatoes perfect for cooking or eating off the vine.
Post source: Express
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