Friday, October 10, 2014

Tomatoes And Companion Planting

Our Johnson German tomato seedlings were way past ready to transplant.  It's still a little hot, though, so it's probably a good thing we're late.

Transplanting Johnson German Tomato Seedlings Into Garden Bed

We put the tomato bed on the south side of the house in preparation of the cooler temps a potential frosts ahead.  Right now, it's still hot, so we'll have to add a shade cloth till this (expletive) heat lets up.

Don't Plant Tomatoes Near ...

We're paying a little more attention to companion planting now.  Here are some plants that should not be planted near tomatoes are:

  • All members of the Brassica (cabbage) family. Also know as cruciferous vegetables, avoid planting tomatoes near cabbages, broccoli, cauliflower, Brussel sprouts, collard greens, kale, turnip greens, etc.
  • Potatoes - attract the same pests as tomatoes.
  • Fennel
  • Apricot trees
  • Corn (that pesky corn worm is an awful lot like the tomato worm)
Tomatoes also have an adverse affect on corn and apricot trees and therefore should not be planted near them.

Do Plant Tomatoes Near.....

The plants that are protective or improve the flavor of tomatoes and therefore should be planted near are:
  • Chives
  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Marigold
  • Nasturtium
  • Carrots
  • Stinging Nettle
Notice how some of these above vegetables are good together in a salad?

Tomatoes Are Protective Of...

When setting up tomato planting locations, consider the plants that are benefited by tomatoes.

For instance, tomatoes have a fungicide effect against Black Spot on roses.  If planting tomatoes near roses isn't an option,  spraying with a solution made from tomato leaves for roses is an effective option.  Tomatoes contain a volatile alkaloid, solamine, that in days gone by was used as an agricultural insecticide. Cool, huh?

Here's our tomato spray for roses.  Add to a vegetable juicer:
  • Tomato leaves
  • 4 pints water
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
Blend, strain, then store in the refrigerator when not in use (we should put a label on it so ol' Bill doesn't drink it.)

Organic Fertilizers For Tomatoes

Certified Organic Worm Castings For Fertilizing Tomato Transplants
What's the best fertilizer for tomatoes?  Use slow release, certified organic worm castings and VermaPlex® for the best tasting, most nutritious tomatoes possible.

Pure Black Castings Slow release, never burns

VermaPlex®:  Prevents transplant shock!

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