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Tomatoes on sale!

Nov 14, 2022


Tomatoes are on sale this week. get stocked up on your growing needs. Companions seed plants available on the medical herb seed page.

And many more!

Companion Plants
Simply put, some plants grow well together and some don’t. If you start to grow certain herbs in your flower or vegetable garden, the resulting combination of plants may help all the plants to be healthier. If you have a garden of strictly herbs, the addition of flowers or vegetables can also be beneficial for overall garden health.

A classic example of companion planting long known to Native Americans is the “Three Sisters” combination of corns, beans, and squash. The beans serve as nitrogen-fixers for the other plants, the beans climb the stalks of corn, and the squash shades the ground to hold in moisture. Check out this great website on the "Three Sisters."

Another example of companion planting is roses and garlic. The scent of garlic will repel some of the rose’s worst enemies such as aphids. Roses Love Garlic, a book by Louise Riotte, is a classic gardening book that explains many beneficial plant relationships. She is also the author of Carrots Love Tomatoes, which expands on this theme. This web site is an excellent resource for free Tomato Gardening Tips.

Be aware that some plants are not good companions at all. For example, Irish Potatoes don’t go well with turnips or pumpkins. Plants may not get along in the garden for various reasons. For instance, tall plants might block out the light for low-lying sun-loving plants. Other plants may create negative biochemical reactions with those around them. Vining plants love trellises and garden arbors.

With these few examples, you can see how companion planting can add a powerful tool to your organic gardening toolbox
Table 1. COMPANION PLANTING CHART FOR HOME & MARKET GARDENING (compiled from traditional literature on companion planting)
Asparagus    Tomato, Parsley, Basil    
Beans    Most Vegetables & Herbs    
Beans, Bush    Irish Potato, Cucumber, Corn, Strawberry, Celery, Summer Savory    Onion
Beans, Pole    Corn, Summer Savory, Radish    Onion, Beets, Kohlrabi, Sunflower
Cabbage Family    Aromatic Herbs, Celery, Beets, Onion Family, Chamomile, Spinach, Chard    Dill, Strawberries, Pole Beans, Tomato
Carrots    English Pea, Lettuce, Rosemary, Onion Family, Sage, Tomato    Dill
Celery    Onion & Cabbage Families, Tomato, Bush Beans, Nasturtium    
Corn    Irish Potato, Beans, English Pea, Pumpkin, Cucumber, Squash    Tomato
Cucumber    Beans, Corn, English Pea, Sunflowers, Radish    Irish Potato, Aromatic Herbs
Eggplant    Beans, Marigold    
Lettuce    Carrot, Radish, Strawberry, Cucumber    
Onion Family    Beets, Carrot, Lettuce, Cabbage Family, Summer Savory    Beans, English Peas
Parsley    Tomato, Asparagus    
Pea, English    Carrots, Radish, Turnip, Cucumber, Corn, Beans    Onion Family, Gladiolus, Irish Potato
Potato, Irish    Beans, Corn, Cabbage Family, Marigolds, Horseradish    Pumpkin, Squash, Tomato, Cucumber, Sunflower
Pumpkins    Corn, Marigold    Irish Potato
Radish    English Pea, Nasturtium, Lettuce, Cucumber    Hyssop
Spinach    Strawberry, Faba Bean    
Squash    Nasturtium, Corn, Marigold    Irish Potato
Tomato    Onion Family, Nasturtium, Marigold, Asparagus, Carrot, Parsley, Cucumber    Irish Potato, Fennel, Cabbage Family
Turnip    English Pea    Irish Potato