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14 Companion Plants for Tomatoes (Evidence Based)

Jun 02, 2021
Have you ever wished there was a solution to keep pests and diseases away from your tomato

plants

without hours of vigilance and work on your part? Are you tired of pulling weeds around your tomato patch? There is a

companion

plant for every problem your

tomatoes

face in the garden and it can all be taken care of for you in the heat of summer while you are sitting in the shade drinking your lemonade. Hi, I'm Brian with next level gardening and if you are looking to join an online gardening community offering tips, tricks and support to help you take your gardening to the next level you are in the right place start now by clicking subscribe and do click on the bell so you never miss anything now let's keep growing in today's video I will show you 14 complementary

plants

that will keep your

tomatoes

free of pests and diseases and take care of some of the weeds they have.
14 companion plants for tomatoes evidence based
I'll also show you two plants that you never want near your tomatoes. Companion planting is a study that fascinates me, however, you won't be. Seeing a lot of the complementary strategies in this video that you normally see on sites like Pinterest, mainly because a lot of them are complete nonsense, so if you're here to learn how planting basil next to my tomatoes will make my tomatoes taste better . I want to go somewhere else because in my experience and all the research I've seen, that's impossible. What you'll hear from me are

evidence

-

based

companion

planting strategies now, if you have one of those folk myth-type potential companion planting strategies. your head, go ahead and leave it in the comments below.
14 companion plants for tomatoes evidence based

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14 companion plants for tomatoes evidence based...

I'd like to see how many we can debunk. Let's start with the most famous pest of tomatoes, which would be the tomato hornworm. Hornworms can strip the leaves off your plants. for a couple of days now there are two companion plants that can help you deal with these chubby little devils they seriously even have a horn one of the best companion plants in the garden for tomatoes it is also one of the best companions for tomatoes in the kitchen and that's basil, but not for the reason we mentioned before, the reason I love it is because it works so well and that's the scent.
14 companion plants for tomatoes evidence based
There is something so summery about walking through the tomato patch and smelling the tomatoes growing in the garden and then walking past them. the basil and the smell that at the same time I love but the horny worms hate it. It is a common misconception in companion planting circles and literature that the smell of certain plants like basil repels certain pests. Recent research actually shows that instead of repelling them, it confuses them. masking the smell of the plant they are looking for, so the spotted hawkmoth, which is the adult version of the tomato worm, is attracted to the tomato plant by the smell and if you have something like basil in the air, it confuses . them and go look elsewhere for another beneficial insect that kills the tomato worms they are parasitic wasps these are small stealthy insects they actually lay their eggs under the skin of the tomato worm they hatch out and a little baby wasp larva literally eats them Inside, like that last comment from your boss in the last Zoom meeting to attract these tiny wasps that are harmless to humans, they don't sting, you want to plant a lot of plants in the carrot family, it's not the carrot the one who brings them.
14 companion plants for tomatoes evidence based
It's actually the flowers, so anything like carrots, celery, dill, and fennel, let's move on to the next one, bugs stink up tomato season. If you have these colorful dotted spots on your fruit, it could be the work of a stink bug, one way to preserve them. of your tomatoes is to plant a crop that they like even more, like peas, you want to plant the peas about five feet or at least five feet away from your tomatoes so that they see them, turn away and go towards the cow. peas instead of tomatoes, anyone has a flea beetle problem, if the leaves on your tomatoes look like old ballot papers, sorry to be political, lots of punch card type holes with no hanging leaves, it's probably the work of a flea beetle or many of them.
Similar to stink bugs, you want to plant a crop nearby that keeps them away from your tomatoes and one crop they love even more than tomatoes is radish leaves, but unlike stink bugs, flea beetles don't travel very far, They pretty much stick to a very small radius, so you want to plant your radishes less than five feet apart, but you want to plant the radishes in and between your tomato plants. You can also use pak choy for this and go ahead and let your radishes flower and that will attract even more beneficial insects to your garden so we all know what aphids look like right now.
What about thrips? Chances are you won't see the insect, thrips, um, and if you do, it won't be big enough to make out a real shape. You are very small, but you will be able to notice the damage if your leaves look like this, i.e. thrips damage. Parsley is a plant that attracts hoverflies. Now hoverflies do two things. Adult hoverflies are excellent pollinators. The hoverfly larva, on the other hand, feeds on aphids. and thrips, so go ahead and plant parsley everywhere. One of the pests that is very difficult to get rid of once they have taken hold are red mites.
These are really small red spider-shaped mites. I really have a gift for describing things. Here's a Picture of the damage they cause If it gets really bad, you'll see cobwebs on the underside of the leaves, but by then it may be too late. However, you can avoid them in the step by planting alliums, so garlic, onion, chives, much like basil. the smell, the really strong smell of alliums will confuse the mites and they will go to your neighbor's tomatoes instead of yours because that guy doesn't watch this channel, okay, let's move on to the diseases, they are diseases like spot black and the plague that ruin your life. harvest tomato before the season even starts plant a hairy pea cover crop that's one thing a hairy pea cover crop why can't I say that without laughing?
A hairy pea cover crop grown in harry pea research trials provided a 65% reduction in these foliar diseases and a more than 88% decrease in diseased fruit compared to bare soil or plastic sheet mulch, the results They were actually comparable to a large fungicide, so grow some hairy vetch yourself, plant it in the fall, and cut it to the ground in the spring. As soon as the seed pods start to swell, leave them there as mulch and plant the tomatoes through them, as it is a legume, it will also add more nitrogen to the soil than is needed now.
Is there a companion plant that deters weeds? Yes, hairy pea. This is a double, it not only protects against diseases, but also protects against weeds. The same mulch that you leave on the ground and plant the tomatoes. You can also plant crimson clover living mulch. I already have some on the way and it's going to compete with the weeds and win, the only thing is as soon as it blooms you have to keep an eye on it because you don't want it to go to seed or it will become unmanageable very quickly, so when you see those flowers When they start to flower, you can leave them for a while, but before they start to get too far, you should cut them at ground level and you can leave them as green mulch or put them in your compost.
It is also a legume, so it will also add more nitrogen to the soil. If you didn't see the companion video on planting tomatoes from last year, I want to mention two plants that are now sworn enemies of tomato plants. I know there will be comments from you about these two plants. You've grown them successfully with tomatoes for decades and that's okay. I'm not here to argue with you. I'm just telling you what the research shows. Research shows you don't. If you do not want to grow tomatoes within a 50-foot radius of a black walnut tree's trunk, it secretes a substance that will kill or stunt the growth of your tomato plants.
Potatoes are from the same family as tomatoes, the nightshade family, and share some of the same diseases such as blight, although potatoes are much more susceptible than tomatoes and can therefore transmit them very easily, so you want to make sure they are at least 10 feet away, but the further away the better, I hope that was good enough. ready for you to try side planting tomatoes this year, if you learned anything please like the video, consider subscribing if you haven't already and I'll see you next time.

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