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[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

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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:

  • Basil: repels flies, mosquitoes; attracts bees
  • Borage: attracts bees and wasps
  • Cabbage: repels whiteflies, moths
  • Chives: repel many insects
  • Collard greens: repels flea beetles
  • Geraniums: repel cabbage worm, Japanese beetles
  • Marigolds: repel tomato worm, asparagus beetles, flea beetles, whiteflies, aphids
  • Mint: repels white cabbage moths, ants, rodents, flea beetles, fleas, aphids
  • Nasturtiums: repel whiteflies and aphids
  • Parsley: attracts hoverflies

Find out more tips about choosing companion plants to protect tomatoes. And be sure to check out our Companion Planting for Tomatoes board on Pinterest for more companion planting ideas.

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