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Carrots Love Tomatoes: Secrets of Companion Planting for Successful Gardening

by Louise Riotte

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Plant parsley and asparagus together and you'll have more of each, but keep broccoli and tomato plants far apart if you want them to thrive. Utilize the natural properties of plants to nourish the soil, repel pests, and secure a greater harvest. With plenty of insightful advice and suggestions for planting schemes, Louise Riotte will inspire you to turn your garden into a naturally nurturing ecosystem.

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Went out and bought this book. Great tips for companion plantings in gardens. There's some great design tips and maps and the author covers pests, herbs, flowers, vegetables, berries, fruit trees. Very extensive. ( )
  Jeff.Rosendahl | Sep 21, 2021 |
I'm accumulating quite a number of gardening books and if I'm not careful, someone is going to start thinking I know what I'm doing when I'm outside digging in the dirt.

When MT and I started building our garden/back yard (there's no grass - just plants everywhere) we started from scratch and chemical free. One of the first things I learned was to plant basil and marigolds with your tomatoes to control nematodes and aphids. I don't know about the nematodes, but do you know, our tomatoes never have aphids. My strawberries, planted in another section of the garden were covered in them this year, but not the tomatoes.

So I'm all about learning more about companion planting. Carrots Love Tomatoes is a pretty good reference for just that. The author provides a comprehensive list of plants divided into sections (vegetables, herbs, wild plants, fruit trees, etc.) and lists plants that will not only make beneficial companions but also plants to avoid pairing together if you want to avoid the botanical equivalent of the Capulets and the Montagues.

The back of the book includes suggested garden plans that take full advantage of companion planting and there are plans for all size gardens, including window boxes, balconies and children's gardens. I especially liked that he had a suggested garden layout for those that have to take physiological restrictions into account. He even includes a plan for a "spirit garden" which is not a garden to attract paranormal visitors, but rather a garden of plants used to make the spirits that haunt your bar drinks.

A source list at the back will be handy for those that live in the USA. ( )
1 vote murderbydeath | Oct 17, 2016 |
Great reference. This works sort of like a dictionary. There are entries for various plants with short blurbs about what or what not to plant together. Riotte also covers a variety of topics like pests and planning. Definitely worth the read and the space on your shelf if you are hoping to make the most of your vegetable garden. ( )
1 vote lesmel | Jun 2, 2014 |
This book is a classic and chock full of humor-filled advice about organic gardening and companion planting. ( )
  DollyBantry | Feb 13, 2012 |
An absolutely essential book if you garden at all. ( )
  Sundownr | Jan 9, 2011 |
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The magic and mystery of companion planting have intrigued and fascinated humans for centuries, yet it is a part of the gardening world that has never been fully explored.
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Gardening. Nonfiction. HTML:

Plant parsley and asparagus together and you'll have more of each, but keep broccoli and tomato plants far apart if you want them to thrive. Utilize the natural properties of plants to nourish the soil, repel pests, and secure a greater harvest. With plenty of insightful advice and suggestions for planting schemes, Louise Riotte will inspire you to turn your garden into a naturally nurturing ecosystem.

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First published in 1975, this classic companion planting guide has taught a generation of gardeners how to use plants' natural partnerships to produce bigger and better harvests.
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