NewsTomato lover's guide. Key practices to grow healthy crops and plants

Tomato lover's guide. Key practices to grow healthy crops and plants

If you plant these plants near the tomatoes, you risk losing the entire crop.
If you plant these plants near the tomatoes, you risk losing the entire crop.
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5:23 PM EST, January 12, 2024

Tomatoes are especially popular, if not the most popular, vegetables we reach for in our kitchens. When we want to grow them ourselves, we must understand that they are particularly susceptible to diseases.

How to grow tomatoes? Beware of certain practices

These are not the only pitfalls that we may encounter when starting to grow tomatoes. We need to be particularly cautious if we intend to plant, or have already planted, other plants next to them. To enjoy healthy vegetables, it is beneficial to plant basil, asparagus, garlic, or onions in the vicinity of tomatoes. Other plants that can positively impact tomato cultivation are spinach, parsley, lettuce, or arugula.

Planting mint or marigolds next to tomatoes can also be beneficial. It's especially worth considering growing the latter. Why? These plants deter slugs, aphids, and even moles.

Are there plants whose presence can seriously harm the cultivation of tomatoes? If potatoes, corn, cabbage, radish, or eggplant are planted near tomatoes, chances are the tomatoes will start to get sick and could even stop ripening.

Lemon balm, fennel, peas, and cucumbers have a less destructive, but nevertheless detrimental effect on tomatoes. It's also not advisable to plant tomatoes near walnut or fennel.

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