It’s already June and summer is now establishing itself with a steady step. If you’ve gone through the to-do list for this month, you know there’s still time to plant some crops. We suggest you to try companion planting, in particular the best plants to grow with tomatoes.
We know that you probably grow your own tomatoes, so the next step you can take is to plant companion plants. Here’s our list of greens that go along with the round red fruit (yes, tomatoes are fruits) and you can plant in June.
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Herbs to plant with tomatoes
There are different herbs that can be transplanted outside. June is the perfect time to do it since the soil is softer and the temperatures are warmer. Here are some of the spices that make great tomato companion plants:
- Basil – It’s perfect to ward off mosquitoes, spider and white-flies. Basil also keeps aphids, mites and horn-worms away from your tomatoes. On the other hand, it aids pollination and attracts bees. This herb also improves the health of your tomatoes and adds a subtle flavour.
- Borage – If you want to repel tomato horn-worms and cabbage worms, borage is your companion plant. Just like basil, it also improves tomato health and you can use the leaves in tasty salads.
- Parsley – You can deal with unwanted garden pest by planting parley. This tomato companion green attracts hover-flies, which will feast on unwanted pests.
Vegetables to plant with tomatoes
In most cases, when you begin to grow your own vegetables, you start them as seedlings. If you haven’t transplanted them yet, June is your last chance to do it. If you grow any of the following veggies, you can use them as companion plants for your tomatoes:
- French beans, Runner beans – Beans match with most garden plants, especially tomatoes. They deter pests while they produce an essential nitrogen-fixing bacteria. This bacteria can be a good fertiliser to some plants, but can be too much for other greens.
- Carrots – Early June is your last chance to plant carrots as companion greens for your tomatoes. You can grow your own orange veggies if you want tomatoes to grow better. They break up the soil and allow more air, water and nutrients to enter it.
- Celery – Celery is a constant in soups, but you can also grow it with tomatoes. It keeps white-flies away.
- Chillies and Sweet peppers – That’s right, you can transplant your pepper seedlings in June if you haven’t done it yet. Place them near your tomatoes and they will mutually benefit from each other. They will increase the humidity level, but throw shade on the red fruits, so don’t space them too close.
- Leafy greens – It’s never too late to plant a second batch of spinach, lettuce, or arugula. Early June isn’t too hot and they can grow faster compared to spring. Grow your own leafy greens together with tomatoes if you want to keep slugs and worms away from them. On the other hand tomatoes will offer cool shades in the heat. It’s a win-win situation.
You would think the juicy red fruits (yeah, let’s keep calling them that) are generally adored by everyone in the vegetable kingdom, but you’ll need to reconsider. We at Fantastic Gardeners advise that you never grow potatoes or corn near the tomatoes. They definitely don’t get along and will sabotage your yields. You won’t harvest healthy crops and will have to deal with pests and diseases.
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Why you may ask?
A general rule of thumb when it comes to gardening is that growing vegetables of the same family in the same place each year will deprive both from getting the necessary nutrients, as they compete for the same ones, with potatoes as a clear winner.
Potatoes and tomatoes are also susceptible to the same type of plant diseases, e.g. early and/or late blights. What’s more, a specific type of worm, known both as cornworm and fruit-worm, can be found in corn and tomato crops, respectfully.
Putting all those vegetables in the same bed is a surefire way to create a nutritious dietary plan for the little pests. Instead of planting them close together, divide your garden into sections and change the beds of the crops every year.