Carrots Love Tomatoes: Secrets of Companion Planting for Successful Gardening Paperback – Jan 2 1998
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This gardening classic was first published in 1975, and now a second generation of gardeners who prefer pest-resistant planning to chemicals will find a place for it on the shelves. Not only does it tell what to plant with what, but also how to use herbal sprays to control insects, what wild plants to encourage in the garden, how to grow fruit and nut trees, how to start small plots or window-box gardens, and much more. It's one of the most practical books around for any gardener of edibles, no matter how serious or casual.
“Carrots Love Tomatoes, by Louise Riotte…a guide to companion planting that has become legendary in gardening circles ever since the first edition was printed in 1975”-Spokesman-Review
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Louise Riotte includes many suggestions from the first book. Topics in the new edition include vegetables, herbs, wild plants, grasses and grains, and others. Considering what is planted where is important. For example, you should not plant peppers, eggplants, and tomatoes close together or in the same container. These vegetables are related and planting them close together inhibits growth.
Matching vegetables and herbs or avoiding combinations of vegetables and herbs that inhibit each other isn't the only topic discussed in this book.Read more ›
The book is very interesting, but don't buy it if you are trying to get started in companion planting/gardening. Buy Great Garden Companions by Sally Jean Cunningham instead. You'll get much more out of it.
My favorite parts are actually the few sketches of different garden layouts. I wish there were more! These are easy cheat sheets people can apply to their own gardens without even having to read a word.
My overall comment is that the vegetable and herb sections are short, and in a few cases doesn't deliver the information I'm interested in. For example, the section on peppers lists all the different varieties of peppers, but fails to mention which companion plants peppers prefer. The section on peppers also describes the history of Chiles and some useful "tips" such as "Chiles serve as a natural meat preservative by retarding the oxidation of fats" which seem irrelevant to the subject matter (more interesting tidbits are scattered throughout the book). Another example is squash, which focuses on tips for planting, insect treatment and when to harvest. There is no information on companion planting (the three sisters of native american agriculture - maize/squash/beans would be the obvious one!). Also, when a section does discuss companion plants, text is often restricted to comments such as "cauliflower does not like tomatoes or strawberries". It would be nice to know why - e.g., do the plants compete for the same nutrients, do they attract certain pests, or ???Read more ›
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So much great information and ideas , totally easy to understand , this book is so helpful I am glad I purchased it.Published 23 days ago by Carol Mccuish
I really enjoyed the book Carrots Love Tomatoes. The garden mapping was very helpful, probably one of my favourite parts of the book. I highly recommend it.Published 3 months ago by Chantal Freimark
Very useful garden book. I live in the Fraser Valley of British Columbia and had great success with the companion planting. I had zero garden pests. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Tina
This book is a must-have for any gardener who wants to garden without the use of pesticides or artificial fertilizers. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Steven
Ideal for the avid or new gardener, easy to follow and read but wealth of knowledge to try :)Published 13 months ago by Faith Johannson
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