Companion Planting Tips for Tomatoes

by Amy Stafford on May 29, 2014

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Learning the Companion Planting Tips for Tomatoes is a great first step to becoming an organic vegetable gardener.  Making sure that the vegetables you grow are healthy and pesticide-free.

The graphic below is perfect to save to your Pinterest Gardening board to use as a reminder of who is a good neighbor for your tomatoes.

Companion Planting Tips for your Tomatoes


Companion planting in organic gardening is the planting of different crops in proximity for pest control, pollination, and providing habitat for beneficial creatures without having to use pesticides.  Companion Planting Tips for Tomatoes is a great place to start your organic gardening adventure.  More gardeners grow tomatoes than another vegetable and the plants that make good neighbors for your Tomato are also easy and everyday vegetables and flowers that any gardener can grow.

Organic gardeners like myself know that a varying mix of plants makes for a healthy and beautiful garden.  We also believe that certain plant combinations have the ability to help each other grow.  Using companion planting and crop rotation in your garden not only will help keep pests at a minimum, naturally, but will help the overall health of your soil.

Scientific study of companion planting has confirmed that some combinations have real benefits unique to those combinations. Many plants have a natural substance in their roots, leaves, flowers, etc that repel and/or attract insects. Years of experience has demonstrated to me how to grow certain plants along side one another for their mutual benefit.

How does companion planting work?

  • Companions help each other grow—Tall plants, for example, provide shade for sun-sensitive shorter plants.  Example: Tomatoes shading the Nastirium 
  • Companions use garden space efficiently—Vining plants cover the ground, upright plants grow up. Two plants in one patch.  Example: Sweet peas growing up a trellis, with radishes growing at the base.
  • Companions prevent pest problems—Plants like onions repel some pests. Other plants can lure pests away from more desirable plants.

Check out my companion planting tips for Peppers and Cruciferous Vegetables.

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Denise May 29, 2014 at 4:17 pm

What great tips Amy. We just planted tomatoes, and was wondering what we should plant around them. Going to have to get some marigolds or onions this weekend!


Dawn @OhSweetMercy June 20, 2014 at 10:25 am

Thanks for these tips, too. I have dill growing out by the tomatoes, nice to see that is a good thing!


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