Carrots Love Tomatoes: Secrets of Companion Planting for Successful Gardening

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"If you want to know whether it is kosher to plant onions between cabbage plants, this is the place to look."

? Oklahoma Today

First published in 1975, this classic companion planting guide has taught a generation of gardeners how to use plants' natural partnerships to produce bigger and better harvests.

Over 500,000 in Print!

More Praise for Carrots Love Tomatoes:

"...informative, illustrated, and practical guide."

? Baltimore Evening Sun

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Overview

"If you want to know whether it is kosher to plant onions between cabbage plants, this is the place to look."

— Oklahoma Today

First published in 1975, this classic companion planting guide has taught a generation of gardeners how to use plants' natural partnerships to produce bigger and better harvests.

Over 500,000 in Print!

More Praise for Carrots Love Tomatoes:

"...informative, illustrated, and practical guide."

— Baltimore Evening Sun

"...contains hundreds of interesting facts which are entertaining and at the same time educational."

— Cleveland Press

Secrets of companion planting for successful gardening. Vegetables and fruits, like people, have natural friends they prefer to be with--and some they prefer to keep away from. Other plants lure harmful insects away from sensitive plants, the way dill attracts hornworms away from tomatoes. And helpers like garlic will drive Japanese beetles right out of the neighborhood. Getting to know the good and bad companions can double the bounty of your garden.

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Editorial Reviews

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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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580170277
  • Publisher: Storey Books
  • Publication date: 1/2/1998
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 73,680
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

Beloved author and life-long gardener Louise Riotte passed away in 1998 at the age of 89. During her life, she wrote twelve books on gardening, companion planting, and garden lore, among them the ever-popular Carrots Love Tomatoes. Her father taught her how to practice astrology, while her mother was an herbalist. Together they greatly influenced her life and her books, including Roses Love Garlic, Astrological Gardening, Sleeping with a Sunflower, Catfish Ponds & Lily Pads, and Raising Animals by the Moon. Riotte was an artist as well as a writer, and her own drawings appear in all of her books. She took great pride in her garden near her home in Ardmore, Oklahoma.

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Table of Contents

Introduction

Vegetables

Herbs

Wild Plants

Grasses, Grains, and Field Crops

First Steps for Home Fruit Growing

Nuts

Ornamental Trees and Shrubs

Garden Techniques

Soil Improvement

Pest Control

Poisonous Plants

Garden Plans

Sources

Suggested Reading

Index

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  • Posted April 8, 2010

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    Not your last stop!

    This book was good don't let me get off on the wrong foot.
    What I had expected was not what I got.
    I had expected a more indepth understanding about companion planting and some of the pros and cons involved in raised bed gardening.
    What I got was a personal narrative of plants and gardening techniques used by the author.
    Well written in its own right, but not very user friendly or detailed.
    I would have enjoyed it more if it had more detail into each pairing and or grouping of the vegetable.
    My brutal honesty is, there is nothing in this book that I could not already find on the internet.

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 3, 2013

    I enjoyed this book. I am a beginning gardener and found the in

    I enjoyed this book. I am a beginning gardener and found the information very helpful. Now if only I could keep the deer and rabbits and raccoons out of my garden.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 23, 2014

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    Highly Recommended

    I had wanted to read this book for years, just because of the title alone. It is light, refreshing, and quite informative. My only disappointment was the list of herb companionship.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2014

    This is my go to garden book.

    This is my favorite garden book. I believe my vegetable garden was very successful last summer, due to this book. So many companion garden tips. Example cucumber and beans benefiteach other . However neither like growing near sunflowers.. Very informative. Great book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2012

    Time will tell

    The book is hardly a fascinating read. It reads more like a laundry list of what grows well with what (or not). It's also repetitive.

    I bought it in electronic form for my Nook, and I am happy I did that. I will be able to search electronically for specific fruits and vegetables at garden-planning time to review the book's recommendations as I plan my garden for next year. Otherwise, I'd have to take copious notes to make much use of this book.

    How useful it is, time will tell. I am not sure how the author has determined what plants grow best with what. The research behind the claims isn't clear. I suspect much of it may be the author's own experience? She states several times that plants of the onion and garlic family do not grow well with peas or beans, for example, but I've grown peas and garlic together quite successfully. In another section it says garlic grows well with hairy vetch despite the fact that hairy vetch is a member of the pea family.

    So I'll try some of her ideas for myself and decide then if the book was worth the money. Until then, I don't really know.

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  • Posted March 29, 2012

    I refer to this book often and have learned a great deal about c

    I refer to this book often and have learned a great deal about companion gardening. Though I do disagree with her about planting broccoli and tomatoes together. She says not to. However, I have had great results doing so - neither the tomatoes nor the broccoli get those ugly green worms when I plant them together.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2011

    Great for companion gardening!

    This is a fun read, that I find myself going back to. I highly recommend this book.

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  • Posted May 26, 2009

    Thoughtful Gardening

    This book is quite intriguing in that there are plants that just grow in a healthier way if they are next to each other. I am going to try some of the suggestions this summer with my garden and see if I notice a positive impact.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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