Farmers have used companion planting to improve the growth and yield of vegetables for thousands of years. While some plants are used to repel common insect pests, others enhance the growth and flavor of vegetables. Tomatoes are no exception. Grow these plants with your tomatoes to boost production and keep nasty bugs away.
Basil improves the flavor of tomatoes while enhancing growth. It also repels insects with its strong scent. Plant basil between your tomato plants to improve their health. Basil is also a common herb for seasoning tomato dishes giving you another reason to tuck these plants into your tomato bed.
Grow members of the Allium family, like garlic, onions, chives and shallots with your tomatoes to repel insects. These plants take up little room and can be tucked between or around your tomato plants. As an added bonus, they are often used in tomato dishes and salsa.
Marigolds add bright color to your garden and are thought to repel a host of insect pests. They also repel root-knot nematodes in the soil, but are most effective when grown in the bed for several years.
Bright nasturtiums attract aphids and white flies keeping them from attacking your tomato plants. These colorful flowers create a profusion of color all summer serving double duty to protect your tomatoes from harmful insects and add beauty to the garden bed.