Companion Planting and Tomato Update:
This is one of our biggest cherry Tomatoes. We took a chance and put this guy out (along with some of his buddies) about a week before the last frost (thanks for the good advice Jodi!) So far it looks like an extra week in the sun has done him good. He’s giant in comparison to the Mountain Princess Tomatoes I bought at the market. And definitely looks healthier than his brothers that had to hang out in tiny pots for one (or one and two more weeks).
You can also see in this photo that we’re trying out something called companion planting. The idea is to plant plants that help each other out together/or in close proximity - these plants can then act as a natural bug deterrent and/or improve the soil conditions for eachother. In this planter we have our cherry tomato, a basil plant, and a marigold.
Annual Marigolds: deter Mexican bean beetles, squash bugs, thrips, tomato hornworms, & whiteflies. The roots of Marigolds also create a chemical that repels root knot nematodes (teeny tiny white worms that live in the dirt) which attack tomatoes, potatoes, roses, and strawberries.
Basil: Deters asparagus beetles, thrips, mosquitoes, and flies. It is also said to augment the flavour of tomatoes.