Old World Garden Farm suggests a garden pair that makes a lot of sense: basil and tomatoes. They're tasty together, but basil also repels pests that feast on tomato plants, which makes caring for them easier on you.
Photo by Kate Fries.
As with most "natural" remedies for pest control, a lot of this depends on your environment, so consider it a tool in your arsenal and not a single remedy for all of your tomato-planting woes, but they elaborate:
Basil is well-known as a natural deterrent for everything from tomato hornworms to white flies, aphids and more. When planted near tomatoes -- it can help to keep those nasty critters away.
Just think -- in just a few steps you can pick the perfect appetiser ingredients right from your garden -- now if we could only get the fresh mozzarella cheese to grow there as well! And by the way -- it is also a great repellent for mosquitoes -- so keep a few bunches in water on the table on your back porch or patio to help there as well.
In addition to the basil and tomato tip, they also suggest using pantyhose or nylons to protect baby cabbage or broccoli from cabbage worms, which is a great solution since they will still get the moisture and light they need, but the pests won't get in to eat them before you do, and using toilet paper rolls as a slug and snail-proof collar around baby plants so they can't get to the stalk and climb up.
They have a few other tricks up their sleeve to to keep pests away and to make that spring planting a little easier if you're planning on growing some food in your backyard or container garden this year. Hit the link below to see them all.
7 Nifty Garden Tricks to Try This Year! [Old World Garden Farms]