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Monday, December 22, 2014

Gardening: Companion Planting with Tomatoes

Companion Planting with Tomatoes...

NON-GMO, HEIRLOOM, ORGANIC SEEDS

 What is companion planting? Well each of these plants work together to help bring out the best in each other, so this means you can plant all these together in one area. 
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Lets start with the lovely, most popular and easiest to grow tomato... 
So let's start with the first pack of seeds you will be receiving. This tomato is probably the most prized possession tomato for canners when they are creating their own special pasta sauce from their garden harvest!

Excellent yields of bright red, medium-small, large shaped fruits.  

- Popular for cooking, canning, and paste.
- Very popular variety. 
- Produces vigorous vines.
- Determinate.




To go with the Roma Tomatoes we have... 

Danver Carrots!
Carrots go wonderful with tomatoes because they kind of work together benefiting one another. Tomatoes provide shade for the heat-sensitive carrots and tomatoes also secrete a natural insect deterrent called solanine which kills insects that could otherwise harm carrots. Tomatoes can enhance the flavor of carrots, too. On the other hand, they break up the soil so that more air and water can go to the tomato plants’ roots.

- Long and 2" thick with thickly tapered ends.
- Tender and very sweet 
- Carrots are a sun-loving plants that also like the cold. 
- Keep them consistently watered and they'll be happy. 





Then there are the peppers...

Peppers are great for this companion combination because they prevent root rot in pretty much any plant that they are compatible with and help with other Fusarium diseases and repels that pesky white fly.
If you are growing for the "heat" factor of the pepper though plant in containers next to your tomatoes because the tomatoes could "cool" your peppers a bit and they could heat up your tomatoes but you still want the benefits that they provide in this companion combination.  

 
These peppers have a strong pungent flavored pepper maturing from green to yellow.

Next on the list we have...
Also, known as Garlic Chives. A perennial plant that grows narrow, grass-like leaves that have a mild onion-like flavor. Chives are rich in vitamins A and C, contain trace amounts of sulfur, and are rich in calcium and iron. 
Chives are included in this variety because the smell of them mask the smell of the carrots therefore keeps those pesky carrot flies uninterested and out of your carrots! However, with that being said they also improve the overall flavor of both tomatoes and carrots!

- Used for many culinary creations. 
- Perfect for containers and small spaces. 
- The plant will grow to about 12" tall.
In any companion planting there are usually edible flowers or herbs. For this variety we have added...
Borage is wonderful and has a great reputation for it's beneficial effect on the mind. It's been used to dispel melancholy and induce euphoria. It's a soothing saline, diuretic herb that helps treat damaged or irritated tissues. The leaves can be used as well as an emollient and expectorant. It is also deer proof and a great pollinator

Borage is great for this companion plant variety because it improves the flavors of your tomatoes and also protects your tomatoes from tomato hornworms.
 
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Marigolds
Marigolds attract butterflies, bees and other beneficial pollinators. Did you know that these are even great to feed to your chickens along with a good plant to learn how to "seed save."(Learn More About Seed Saving Here) They are easy to grow and will grow all summer into early fall. They are also drought tolerant and don't need much tending to. 

Marigolds are our last inclusion in this "companion" pack of seeds because they help with pretty much everything in your garden as far as insects go. They bring in the good bugs and kick out the bad bugs. I typically will plant these around my whole garden.
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48 comments:

  1. I've entered & my fingers are crossed! Have a Blessed day Hun! From SION ;)

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  2. I am so excited to start planting again

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  3. excited for spring so i can start a new garden

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  4. I'm excited to finish school and start a new career!

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  5. I am excited most for 2015 for my first grand child. By middle child who is 26 years old her name is Kiley and she is having a little boy. His name will be Stryker Jude Sage due in March. And he will know all about the natural healthy way of living just as his mommy does. Also to continue herbalism school and start my garden without fire ant invasion in 2015 lol

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  6. I am excited for the 2015 gardening season! I received a present of 6 yards of composted horse manure, and it was even spread out in my raised beds for me. I can't wait to see my garden full of vegetable and flower plants!

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  7. This is an amazing giveaway, thank you! <3

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    1. Welcome! Thought it would fun and good learning about companion planting

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  8. I'm excited for my new garden this year. My husband built me a compost bin this past year, and then this year, he's building me some raised beds, and a few trellises for vining plants.

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  9. I am excited to start raising chickens this year and hopefully start a small garden!

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    1. Good luck! Let me know if you have other questions. www.aislingfarms.seedsnow.com

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  10. I am looking forward to raising my first set of kids from my goats I purchased this last spring, a bountiful harvest from the garden to put up during harvest time,planting my new orchard and starting my first bee hive this upcoming spring.

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    1. Good luck!!! You sound like me and my future ha!

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  11. I am excited for spring and if a winner, will have a fabulous garden. Thanks for a great giveaway!!

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    1. Welcome. Since this posted anonymous let me know who you are so you get the extra entry into the giveaway! Check out all the seeds at www.aislingfarms.seedsnow.com ! Good luck!

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  12. I am excited to grow veggies this year.

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  13. Thank you for including me in the giveaway. We are just completing a strawberry bed renovation, making it a raised bed which will hopefully save me much time in weeding. This frees up my other bed for more vegetable plantings. Good luck and a very joyous Christmas wish to all! Amber

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    1. Fun I love strawberries! Very easy to grow! Good luck! www.aislingfarms.seedsnow.com

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  14. I'm looking forward to a new gardening season and trying some new heirloom varieties. Thank you for the awesome giveaway.

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    1. Yay fun! Make sure you check out www.aislingfarms.seedsnow.com for heirloom, organic, hybrid and even NON-GMO seeds!! They are fabulous!

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  15. Well, this year for the first time, I have a LOT of room for a vegetable garden. Until now, I've grown food in containers. In 2015, I'll get to expand. I'll also have a greenhouse so that I can start seeds early. So growing food, in 2015, is what I'm most excited about. Thank you, as always, for your generous giveaways. Happy Holidays and all the best in the new year!

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    1. Nice! Make sure you check out my seed store!! www.aislingfarms.seedsnow.com Let me know if you have other questions!

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  16. I'm excited about all the possibilities that the new year holds! Bees, more chickens, ducks, a larger garden,... So many wonderful things... And getting to include my family!

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  17. I'm ready to try growing some different things in the garden I haven't tried before. Sheryle G

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    1. Yes each year I try something new. I tend to like things better when I grow them.

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    2. Do you have some new things you want to try???

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  18. Love your blog and facebook page. I just wonder how the extra bonus points are applied when one shares on facebook. I never see them in my total number of entries.

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  19. How do the bonus points reflect in the total points? I never see them

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    1. They get logged into my giveaway program so I will see your name and why it is there whether it was you tweeted, joined the blog (I manually put those in), shared the giveaway etc. :) Takes alot of time to compile but it is fun to be able to giveaway free seeds to encourage gardening so worth it to me!

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    2. Thank you so much for answering. Hope you have a wonderful and MERRY CHRISTMAS.

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  20. I can't wait to plant some seeds!

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    1. Good luck! Make sure you check out www.aislingfarms.seedsnow.com as there are some cheap .99 cent packs available!

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  21. My teenagers want to plant a garden this spring! These would be very helpful of I win! :-)

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    1. Yay for them wanting to do this!! Great project for kiddo

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  22. I am looking forward to having chickens for the first time and a much larger garden than I have grown before. Trying new vegetables this year. I've only gotten yellow squash and zucchini from a garden before. Trying beans, tomatoes, corn, and many other veggies this time!!

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    1. Uh oh watch out for the chicken addiction lol! I have it and now the gardening addiction!! Good luck

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  23. A larger garden than I had this year!

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  24. These would be a perfect addition to my rooftop container garden!

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