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[Tomato Dirt #228] Which Companion Plants Are Best for Tomatoes?
April 29, 2021

Tomato Dirt Newsletter
Volume 11, Number 9

Dear Tomato Dirt reader,

Welcome back to Tomato Dirt! A couple times a month, we’ll send you this newsletter packed with tips about growing tomatoes and using them.

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FEATURE: Which Companion Plants Are Best for Tomatoes?

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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 tomatoes from pests...

And be sure to check out our Companion Planting for Tomatoes board on Pinterest for more companion planting ideas.

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Get More Dirt on Raised Beds

Even if you don't have a lot of time for gardening, you can still have a productive vegetable garden, no matter the size.

How? Start with a raised bed. It's the shortcut to a plentiful harvest, even in the first year.

Our good friends at Gardener’s Supply have put together oodles of helpful information about growing tomatoes, edibles, and flowers in raised beds .

Here’s a quick start guide to raised bed gardening raised bed gardening.

You can also watch this quick video about how to put together raised beds and take a look at to decide what you’d like to grow.

And you can browse different kinds of raised beds and kits to choose one that’s best for you. Have fun!

Tomato Growing Tip: Nasturtiums – a Wonderful Tomato Companion

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Help for Planting Tomatoes and Their Friends

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More Tomato Planting Tips

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That’s it for now. More next time.

Until then, happy gardening!

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