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Originally published May 17 2015

Include these companion plants in your garden to help grow tomatoes

by P.A. Watson

(NaturalNews) With spring in full swing, gardeners across North America have been busily tending to their gardens to prepare for another year of successful food production. Whether you are a seasoned gardener or just planting for the first time, there are always some tricks that can help make your garden the best ever.

Depending on the plant, it can be a bit difficult to get the results you desire due to a variety of factors that can dramatically affect the harvest, including soil, weather, rotation and natural pests. Tomatoes can be one of those trickier plants to grow, but if you know some of the beneficial companion plants for tomatoes, you can increase your odds of a beneficial harvest.

Some of the best companion plants to consider growing in the same space as your tomatoes include basil, oregano, parsley, carrots, marigold, geraniums, petunias and any type of onion or chives.

On the flip side, some of the worst companions for tomatoes include black walnut, brassicas (such as cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, and Brussels sprouts), corn, fennel and potato.

If you are a big fan of tomatoes, growing and harvesting your own is substantially more beneficial to you and anyone else who eats them. Tomatoes on the shelves are often GM, picked too early, and not grown with the care that you would give them. This results in a toxic, tasteless and nutritionally inferior fruit.

You can plant your own tomatoes using organic heirlooms seeds, and use a natural, mineral-rich fertilizer to give them a great start. The companion plants will ensure that you take care of many pests naturally and improve the flavor of the final product.


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