Carrots Love Tomatoes: Secrets of Companion Planting for Successful Gardening

 
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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.

This classic has now taught generations of gardeners how to use the natural benefits of plants to protect and support each other. Here is a reader's complete reference to which plants nourish the soil, which keep away bugs and pests, and which plants just don't get along. Here is a complete guide to using companion planting to grow a better garden. 555,000 copies in print.

Customer Reviews:

  • there's a good reason this book has been in print so long.
    really spells it out for the vegetable gardener. will soon have to buy another copy as my first is about worn out from use!...more info
  • Informative Book
    I purchased Carrots Love Tomatoes and Secrets of Companion Planting Plants that help, plants that hurt at the same time from overstock.com (don't forget to go through ebates.com and then over to overstock/for 4% cashback). Carrots love Tomatoes has a lot of info but was absolutely complemented by Secrets of Companion Planting. I read both books twice before starting my garden. Ironically, I purchased grapevines, blackberry, strawberry and raspberry bushes to plant along by backyard fence the same day I read these books and both books tell you which plants NOT to plant next to each other. Example: not to plant the blackberries anywhere near the raspberries. Carrots Love Tomatoes had a LOT of information some of it I could care less about like how to plant a children's garden or a spirit garden. But the info it did provide was fantastic like how to get rid of fleas (grow fennel-but be careful where you plant it and plants termites hate) I understand WHY some people may down grade this book to a 4 or even less - not a 5 because of the la la stuff but overall it is a fantastic book ESPECIALLY paired with Secrets of Companion Gardening which complements it. It was extremely useful to me in helping me plant my my VICTORY BACKYARD GARDEN of home grown foods. I want a garden like my grandmother had which is why I purchased the grapevines to grow over a newly built backyard patio trellis and planted blackberry and raspberry bushes along the backyard fence with a garden of cucumber, corn etc. in the corner running east/west to catch the sun. ...more info
  • Amazed at the contained knowledge
    This book is so filled with info for gardners and I am suprized at the corelations between plants and insects.
    Louise Riotte has covered more info than any other gardner's book I have read. She has brought clear understanding between critters and plants for the novice gardner as well as the experienced....more info
  • Foundation to great gardening
    Great Book! I so wish I had a copy of this book years ago. Some of the information I knew already. But, it has a wealth of new and helpful info for this year's gardening. Now I know why my carrots ( yes, it just happens that my veges were carrots) were so good last year. I had 'acidentally' planted them in a great companion location! The best carrot crop I have ever grown and the most flavorful. Now I know why. My friends are still talking about them. For years I have been planting basil and marigolds with my tomatoes. I know those combinations work! Now I can expand on my knowledge!...more info
  • Carrots Love Tomatoes
    I didn't know plants were so particular about other plants around them. I can't wait to start my garden, I feel that it will be very healthy and happy too !...more info
  • A Guide to Companion Planting
    Certainly an interesting gardening book, and one that seems to be quite popular, but Carrots Love Tomatoes seems to be nothing more than a rehashing of what others have written. Much of the book is an alphabetical listing of plants, insects, and other substances and how they can be utilized in companion planting. There are also brief chapters on Pollination of Fruits and Nuts, Nuts Tress, Fruit Tree Culture, and Poisonous Plants....more info
  • an icon
    the book every serious gardener should own, and read, daily if possible. bought this to replace a too worn original edition and found lots of new things to read. ...more info
  • Carrots hate tomatoes
    There is almost no science to back up the author's claims about the benefits of companion plants. Most of her book is based on folk tales, myths and assumptions.

    A gentleman named Craig Dremann actually studied the effects of companion plants and concluded that carrots detest tomatoes. Carrots do grow well with garlic and radishes but they grow very poorly with tomatoes. Carrots only grew to 6% of normal when interplanted with tomatoes. Tomatoes grew better with carrots so clearly the tomatoes were robbing nutrients from the carrots. Tomatoes also grow better with garlic but the garlic suffers, only growing 35% of normal.

    The Craig Dremann booklet with his findings is called "Companion Plants: Carrots Really Detest Tomaotes" and is available from Redwood City Seed Company in Redwood City, CA....more info
  • a lasting fascination
    I read this book several years ago, just picked it up because I thought the title was cute. But I read the book, and I was hooked. The writing is engaging, and the information was well presented, simple and understandable. I enjoyed it so much that the title has stayed with me, even after all these years. I would recommend it as a lovely read, interesting and light. Don't be surprised if you find yourself reading further about natural and organic gardening after reading this book. ...more info
  • Disappointing
    I bought both of Louise Riotte's books, only to be disappointed by the fact that companion gardening is a small portion of the book. There are several other chapters on various interesting topics, but I wouldn't bill either one as a guide to companion planting.

    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....more info

  • Wow, a book that can kill you.
    I was absolutely horrified after reading the Fungi section in this book. Most of the information is blatantly incorrect (mushrooms are not plants, the destroying angel does not cause death in six hours, etc). Do NOT follow her belief that morels are a "safe and easy" mushroom to collect. They have several poisonous look-alikes that the beginner can easily mistake for a morel. The false morel can kill you if eaten raw or undercooked. Worse, the very inaccurate drawings in the book look much more like a false morel or elfin saddle than a true morel. As so many of the "facts" listed in the fungi section are wrong, I looked for more errors in the book and found them. It made me very suspicious of the rest of the information it contains. If you are looking for a good book on companion gardening get "Great Garden Companions, a Companion-Planting System for a Beautiful, Chemical-Free Vegetable Garden" by Sally Jean Cunningham....more info
  • Your very own old aunt gardener
    I love this book and read it from cover to cover. Reading it is like walking through a garden with an old aunt who is teaching you everything she knows about gardening.
    Its simple and basic and spells out what works and what doesn't work.

    Yes carrots love tomatoes and roses love garlic.

    I recommend this to everyone who comes into my flower and garden shop and wants to learn more about gardening.

    Kimberly Sevilla
    Rose Red & Lavender
    653 Metropolitan Avenue
    Brooklyn, NY 11211
    ...more info
  • A terrific gardening resource!
    I have Louise Riotte's first book "Roses Love Garlic", and consider this one the better of the two. I have never considered myself an organic gardener, but this book makes it easier to give it a try. Riotte lists many of the more common plants, flowers and herbs in categories, along with many of the pests that find them tasty treats. I have used her book as a guide in planning my garden this year, and so far it has been very successful. The most difficulty I experienced was in setting up my garden and flower beds, trying to remember what plants and herbs would not do well next to each other. Like many other gardeners, I already had perennials within my garden. I had to figure out how to work around, or where to transplant them for maximum benefit. She does give several garden plans (small, herb, handicapped, etc), so they can be used as checkpoints and guides for putting in your own garden. An excellent reference to add to your gardening books....more info
  • Louise Riotte Books
    Highly informative and creative book by Louise Riotte. For gardners who follow organic methods and are interested in alternative methods for raising their own healthly foods....more info
  • excellent
    I have many gardening books but this is definatly my favorite. My copy has been used so much it is starting to fall apart. It contains excellent information on what to plant were. I would definatly recomend it....more info
  • Excellent Book!! >>> Carrots Love Tomatoes
    Carrots Love Tomatoes is worth reading! You'll learn so many things about gardening and plants that you never knew existed! Learn why dandelions, pigweeds, and other "weeds" can actually benefit your garden and lawn!

    I am not one who sets down and reads a book cover to cover. When I received the box from Amazon, I opened it and read it... cover to cover, and was surprised to find out this book has been in print for many, many years. Yet the knowledge in this book is almost, kept secret.

    A MUST HAVE REFERENCE BOOK FOR EVERY GARDENER!...more info
  • An indespensible tool for the beginner to the expert.
    This is a lovely book, filled with diagrams and charts. The nature of companion benefit or detriment is clearly and thoroughly examined in the first half of the book, while the second half demonstrates how to best plan for a garden even if you have no more than a small window. The children's garden and postage stamp garden plans deserve special mention....more info
  • Companions for life.....
    I love CARROTS LOVE TOMATOES?an update and revision of the original companion planting book. I used many of these ideas the summer of 1975 when I had a half acre garden. My traditional farmer neighbor laughed when I told him what I was going to do, but later in the summer when the insects devastated his vegetable patch he threatened to come over and pull up all my borage and marigolds. He had to admit I was onto something. We had a few mishaps?white and yellow corn planted to close together = polka-dot corn, but we ran beans up the stalks as Riotte suggests and it worked well. The Mexican bean beatles came to visit and stayed for dinner, but we soon learned how to control them. Marigolds in the rows and our evening search to destroy the yellow egg clusters ensured a good crop. My kids learned a great deal about ?real? survival that summer and they didn?t find it on tv. We had squash, melons, tomatoes, and all sorts of other vegetables, herbs, and flowers, and mixed and matched them as companion plants. At the end of the summer, I canned like crazy and made colorful jars of green beans and white and yellow corn. Everything we grew was organic and it tasted great.

    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. Riotte says that tomato leaves can be pulped in a blender full of water and used as a spray that inhibits Black Spot on roses. Similarly, certain kinds of peppers produce a nice insect deterrent. I?ve grown Pyrethrum (a type of Chrysanthemum) in my garden for years. Pyrethrum has been marketed in the West as a bug repellent since at least 1828, but the Chinese are thought to have used it for perhaps 2,000 years.

    The best news is that you don?t have to have a half acre to become a gardener and use these ideas. Today, I live in an urban area and have a very tiny lot. I have converted the whole thing into a series of gardens, but half the yard is in shade and vegetables need sun. So, I have placed containers along the driveway in the sun and off the walkway near the patio out back. I am also using many ideas for vertical gardening. I continue to use the planting techniques Riotte suggests, including many for container planting. Compost is important-and even in urban areas you can save kitchen and garden scraps in a compost bin. Carrots may love tomatoes but roses love sh?....more info

  • My Gardening Bible
    This book has revolutionised my gardening methods. Within a year of buying it 15 years ago, my garden became healthy and productive. Riotte has taught me how to match plants which are able to protect each other from pests and diseases without the use of sprays, chemical or organic. Her methods have built an invisible wall around my garden which keeps pests confined to my neighbors' yards without crossing into mine.

    Had I never read another gardening book or watched any gardening show, this book alone would have made me a successful organic gardener. I highly recommend it to beginning or advanced organic gardeners alike....more info

  • carrots love tomatos
    great book helpful but you should look at other books too theres alot of ideas out there on this subject...more info
  • Easy to understand for beginner gardeners!
    I love this book. Ms. Riotte has answered many questions I have had. Nicely written for those just beginning there journey into gardening. She even devotes a section solely to poisonous plants which is very interesting! Ms. Riotte breaks the chapters down as follows: 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. I like the fact that things are crossed referenced, so while it is a good read, you can also use it as a manual. The only thing I thought could be improved upon in the book was the drawings of the garden plans. They look as though someone drew them on a piece of paper and then photocopied them into the book. They are legible but hard to read. Luckily in writing they explain what they are drawing....more info
  • My Gardening Bible
    This book has revolutionised my gardening methods. Within a year of buying it 15 years ago, my garden became healthy and productive. Riotte has taught me how to match plants which are able to protect each other from pests and diseases without the use of sprays, chemical or organic. Her methods have built an invisible wall around my garden which keeps pests confined to my neighbors' yards without crossing into mine.

    Had I never read another gardening book or watched any gardening show, this book alone would have made me a successful organic gardener. I highly recommend it to beginning or advanced organic gardeners alike....more info

  • A Great Help
    It is great to know what things are beneficial to each other ond which plants can upset the health of each other. An invaluable resource for planting a garden....more info
  • Carrots Love Tomatoes
    The book has some great information in it, the thing I like most about the book is how it tells you what the different companions benefit are and why to avoid planting some plants together, This is the information that most of my other books don't have. Some of the content is just enough to wet your appetite and leaves you wanting more information. All in all I am happy to have this book in my library. it is an easy read, and has garden plans to look at and implement. The one thing I wish that this book had, had is a "Companion Planting Chart" for quick reference instead of having to read the whole section over again. ...more info
  • Companion planting for the garden
    This informative guide explains that certain vegetable plants help others to grow better, some will hinder the growth of others, and some keep away pests. I am very satisfied with the book. ...more info
  • Earth Friendly, Informative, and Excellent Reference Book
    Carrots Love Tomatoes has become one of my top gardening reference guides. A simple flip through the pages allows a gardener to find specific plant information and a guide to what will be it's best pest-repelling companion.

    I planned our family garden using this method and continue to reap the rewards. Not only have I had few pest problems, but I planted a multitude and variety of veggies that have thrived throughout the season.

    This book is a must read for all stages of vegetable gardening. We must care for our Earth and using few or no chemicals is an excellent start. Carrots Love Tomatoes will show you how....more info

  • An Invaluable and Wise Gardening Companion
    This is a wonderful, helpful, practical book with great advice. I found a used 1983 edition of it at Half Price books a couple years ago, and it's been with me every single time I've planted edibles since I bought it. And I plant edibles all the time. Today I'm buying the updated 1993 edition.

    I find this book invaluable. It is also humble, wise, and straightforward. I am a professional horticultural gardener who practices organic methods, and I also use this book in my work and show it to clients....more info
  • The Best Garden Tips
    The more I read this book and get ideas to improve my garden I know this book would be great for both beginners and pros....more info
  • A gift for a friend
    I work in a library and since one of our regular patrons checked this book out all the time, I decided to purchase it for her. She was thrilled. I am now thinking of ordering another copy for my daughter-in-law...the gardener in our family...more info
  • Alphabetical Gardening Guide
    This book is a gardening guide that focuses on companion planting. The book consists of short articles arranged in alphabetical order. In addition to articles about common garden plants, there are also articles about trees, topics relating to plant genetics and nutrition, pests, and diseases. Each article about a garden plant mentions other plants that do well with the plant, as well as those that don't. In each case, Riotte notes whether the companion plants should be interplanted or planted in separate but nearby rows, and explains the reasoning behind the preferences. The plant articles generally include the scientific names for the plants as well as the common names. The insect articles cover beneficial insects as well as pests. Suggested solutions for garden problems are all organic. The book is amply illustrated with pen-and-ink drawings. Following the alphabetical part of the book is a collection of longer articles and charts with useful information, including a pollination reference, a list of nut trees, a description of common poisonous plants and how to recognize them, a model garden plan, a list of garden suppliers, a list of suggested readings, and an index. ...more info

 

 
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