[Tomato Dirt #101] These Companion Plants Can Protect Your Tomatoes From Pests
April 15, 2016
Tomato Dirt Newsletter Volume 6, Number 7
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FEATURE: Plant These Companion Plants to Protect Your Tomatoes From Pests
You can protect tomatoes from pests with companion plants -- those vegetables, herbs, or flowers planted nearby that offer a special benefit to tomatoes. Companion plants behave a lot like good friends.
We all know one of the benefits of good friends: they stick up for you when bullies threaten you, often protecting you from getting hurt.
Companion plants do that for tomatoes. Tomato plants are among the favorite menu items for certain insects, including aphids, whiteflies, and different types of beetles. Once these pests flit into your garden and discover your luscious, healthy tomato plants, suddenly it’s Feast
Time. But companion plants act as natural defenders against these tomato pests, either by repelling harmful insects or attracting helpful insects (to eat the harmful ones.)
Try these companion plants to protect your tomatoes from pests: