Originally published in 1975, this comprehensive and user-friendly guide to companion planting has since become a classic... and with good reason. In Carrots Love Tomatoes, lifelong gardener and prolific author Louise Riotte reveals how plant relationships — be they mutually beneficial, one-sided, or downright dysfunctional — can have a tremendous impact on your garden's outcome. A valuable reference for anyone looking to maximize their harvest by organic means. I usually pull this off the shelf in winter when I'm plotting next year's veggie garden, and then revisit it during the spring when I realize I've amassed more starts than I'd planned for (read: Portland Nursery impulse buys) and need to revise my map. Recommended By Tove H., Powells.com
Synopses & Reviews
First published in 1975, this much-loved classic has taught generations of gardeners how to use plants to protect and support each other to produce bigger and better harvests. Here is a reader's complete reference to the magic and mystery of companion planting -- which plants nourish the soil, which best keep away bugs and pests, and which plant pairs just don't get along. With easy-to-access information in alphabetical sections, this is a reference that readers will turn to again and again as they learn to use companion planting to grow the best, most trouble-free garden they've ever imagined. The powerful secrets of companion planting make it easy, and Riotte's easy-going style makes it fun. A Selection of the Rodale Book Club.
"If you want to know whether it is kosher to plant onions between cabbage plants, this is the place to look." Oklahoma Today
"[I]nformative, illustrated, and practical guide." Baltimore Evening Sun
"[C]ontains hundreds of interesting facts which are entertaining and at the same time educational." Cleveland Press
Plant parsley and asparagus together and you'll have more of each, but keep broccoli and tomato plants far apart if you want them to thrive. Utilize the natural properties of plants to nourish the soil, repel pests, and secure a greater harvest. With plenty of insightful advice and suggestions for planting schemes, Louise Riotte will inspire you to turn your garden into a naturally nurturing ecosystem.
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.
Sprinkled with her trademark quotations, anecdotes and detailed line drawings, Louise Riotte lists hundreds of plants and their ideal (and not so ideal) companions. Readers can easily locate the plants they intend to grow and design a garden for maximum compatibility and yield. Illustrations throughout. 224 pp.
"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
About 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.
Table of Contents
Grasses, Grains, and Field Crops
First Steps for Home Fruit Growing
Ornamental Trees and Shrubs