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Post  martha on 6/5/2011, 9:10 pm

When one is told not to plant two things together - such as tomatoes and rosemary - how far apart? Is it sharing the dirt or sharing airspace?

I am so confused.......and I can't find my copy of "Carrots Love Tomatoes".
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Post  milaneyjane on 6/5/2011, 9:21 pm

I go to the extreme.....I don't plant them in the same 4x4 box. I have the flexibility with enough boxes that I try to give each plant the optimal growing conditions. I start each season with a list of those that aren't companions and start splitting them apart, and then go for the plants that can go together. If all else fails, I will do entire boxes of one plant. I am growing obscene amounts of peppers this year and figure a solid box is to my advantage so that they can all be covered in the coldframe this fall. But I guess that has nothing to do with companion planting Laughing
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Re: Question for those who companion garden.

Post  martha on 6/5/2011, 9:36 pm

That is what I am doing - separate boxes, but some of my boxes are adjacent this year.

My other frustration is I looked up some reference info on line, and from the same source I got the following information:

Beans are good to plant with peas.

Don't plant peas with beans.


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Post  milaneyjane on 6/5/2011, 11:16 pm

I ran into a problem this year with the green beans and hot peppers which are not supposed to go near each other. But I had them placed on opposite sides of a 3 foot wide patch. I had to search to find the info that it had to do with nitrogen and peppers being sensitive to nitrogen so I figure I am just fine since neither has a very big root system.
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Post  ModernDayBetty on 6/6/2011, 1:01 am

Sigh, I just looked up tomatoes in Carrots love Tomatoes and did not find anything about rosemary. I did find out that the tomatoes and cabbage I got from a family friend who had extras shouldn't be next to each other but I planted them over a week ago.... 1 tomato surrounded by cabbage... oops. Don't plant near corn or potatoes either. There was a long list of things that like tomatoes.

Rosemary does well with the cabbage family and that's really all it had on that.

Hope that helps.
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Re: Question for those who companion garden.

Post  martha on 6/6/2011, 12:15 pm

Krazi, the tomato/rosemary thing I got from the same site as the pea/bean dilemna. I'm going to have to buy a new copy of Carrots Love Tomatoes - it's the only way I will find my first copy!
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Post  H_TX on 6/6/2011, 12:29 pm

I read that basil will kill rosemary or maybe it is the other way around. I planted both in the same 4x4 bed. My basil is near my tomato plants and my rosemary is a knights move away from my basil (two squares back and one square over). Both rosemary and basil are doing fine. I also read that you can plant the two together. I tended to not plant items close together if one source said not to. Either they are fine planted together or I have them far enough away.

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Re: Question for those who companion garden.

Post  westie42 on 6/6/2011, 12:34 pm

Somebody else was kind enough to post this and among similar others it is a good companion reference. http://www.ghorganics.com/page2.html

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Re: Question for those who companion garden.

Post  milaneyjane on 6/6/2011, 7:24 pm

Westie----I love that site and used it often this year. I printed off a copy and put it in my container with all my seeds so I always have it handy when I am planting and planning.
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Post  westie42 on 6/6/2011, 11:01 pm

lol, I googled to see who to thank and it has been given out in the forum at least 10 times. A regular google outside the forum lists several others, some are just charts with yes/no answers which would be fast to use and a few also give detailed info. But yes this one is good and is popular too.

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Post  martha on 6/6/2011, 11:37 pm

westie, I have been over at the site you posted. It looks good - and doesn't seem to contradict itself like the one I spent a lot of time on - and then noticed the "peas like beans" "beans don't like peas" problem.
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Re: Question for those who companion garden.

Post  Nicola on 6/12/2011, 8:17 pm

I did a search for "Carrots Love Tomatoes" on Yahoo, and after slogging through a bunch of ads to buy the book, I found this link:

http://www.motherearthnews.com/organic-gardening/carrots-love-tomatoes-companion-planting-for-a-healthy-garden-zb0z11zbug.aspx

There were 5 different Bean topics, (none of which mentioned peas) and when I scrolled down, I saw "Peas grow well with ... beans ... as well as many aromatic herbs. They do not grow well with onions, garlic and gladiolus."
Hope this helps,until you find your own copy study
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