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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!

Paperback, 224 pages
Published January 2nd 1998 by Storey Publishing, LLC (first published 1975)
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Jan 17, 2009 Andrea marked it as to-read
Because someday I will have a garden; Oh yes, it will be mine.
Amy Yarrington
Jul 05, 2012 Amy Yarrington rated it liked it
While the folksy tone of this book is kind of charming, I found it to be a frustrating read, particularly as a new and inexperienced gardener. I found myself LONGING for a table or chart that would summarize all the information together. The book seemed a bit riddled with inconsistencies - like for example mentioning carrots as good companions in the "tomatoes" section but then not mentioning tomatoes in the "carrots" section. I ended up trying to cobble together my own spreadsheet just to try t ...more
Mar 07, 2016 Kristal rated it it was amazing
After years of wanting to have a garden, I finally dove in and attempted to do some container gardening since I didn't officially have a backyard. And I made it one of my goals for the year to read more gardening books to learn the Do's and Don'ts. Well, this little book is certainly a must-have to learn the good and the bad. It is packed full of useful information on companion planing, an ancient technique where you plant certain plants together that are beneficial to each other. The author doe ...more
Erin Penn
Jun 23, 2016 Erin Penn rated it it was amazing
Written originally in 1975 and updated in 1998, this classic gardening book is a must-have. Many books start aging and this one shows its roots of the 1975 in the lack of color pictures. But not having dozens of pictures taking up every page means even more room for actual information. Likely some books out there may have more up-to-date information including scientific feedback as more and more people study companion planting, but that doesn't make the information here any less valid. (I would ...more
Mar 12, 2014 Dorcas rated it really liked it
Shelves: gardening
This book is a bit higgeldy piggeldy organizationally but the information is excellent. I find myself opening it every spring to remind myself which plants like /dislike eachother. I agree with another reviewer who suggested that this book would be wonderful with a chart or two. It would save so much fumbling around.

The author is a woman in her twilight years with many decades of experience.*

*just found out she passed away in 1998 at age 89
Cara St.Hilaire
Apr 10, 2011 Cara St.Hilaire rated it it was amazing
How have I gone so long without such a must-have, classic book? This rare treasure among a sea of gardening guides? Written originally in 1975 and updated in 1998, Carrots Love Tomatoes: Secrets of Companion Planting for Successful Gardening, published by the well-respected Storey Publishing, should be the bible which we all refer to when deciding where to thoughtfully place each plant in our garden. Who knew that beans and onions would hinder the growth of one another? And how did Louise Riotte ...more
Jan 29, 2013 A rated it liked it
Shelves: 2010, gardening
I've had this book for a few years, not really sure why I haven't rated or reviewed. The other reviews here are about spot-on with its strengths and flaws. It's really designed as a reference, organized by types of plants and then individuals plants alphabetically. Riotte's style is personable, folksy, and unfussy, like your grandmother telling you what to plant in your garden and where. While I would regard the tone as one of the book's strengths, those seeking a more straightforward, practical ...more
Jun 22, 2015 Tammy rated it really liked it
Shelves: gardening
This is a great gardening book. If you have a small space or a huge garden you will find helpful hints on what plants to place next to each other and which should have some space so they can all grow well. It covers herbs, vegetables, flowers and even fruit trees. Some of the suggested plants will even help prevent bugs from being attracted to your other vegetable plants. What a great way to control pests without any pesticide at all. It does include some recipes to mix different bug repellents ...more
Jan 04, 2015 Jeannie rated it it was amazing
A handy, down-to-earth reference guide, and garden plan, for companion planting. I liked how the author divided the book into sections about vegetables, herbs, fruits, and even poisonous plants that can be used for good. The ideas for plotting out a garden are helpful too. A very accessible book I will be reaching for many springs and falls to come.
This is a great book when you're planning your garden plot. I learned a lot about the needs of specific plants- the cabbage family need a lot of vitamins from compost and fertilizer. Also, it explained the benefits of certain pairings on pest control- raccoons hate cucumbers and rabbits hate onions. I would highly recommend this book.
May 30, 2014 Lesli rated it really liked it
Great reference. This works sort of like a dictionary. There are entries for various plants with short blurbs about what or what not to plant together. Riotte also covers a variety of topics like pests and planning. Definitely worth the read and the space on your shelf if you are hoping to make the most of your vegetable garden.
Feb 18, 2009 Karen rated it it was amazing
This handy reference gets pulled out and reviewed nearly every time I plant another batch of veggies in my gardens. For those of us who have never seen where a carrot would prefer to grow in the wilds, this book allows us to plant companion plants that help each other out.
I really don't like the idea of adding any sort of sprays or fertilizers to my gardens, especially the vegetable and herb beds. So, compost and companion planting are my personal solutions for most "problems" encountered in the
Mar 22, 2014 Sandy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: gardening
This is one of my favorite gardening books. I have been trying so hard to learn the best ways to keep chemicals out of my garden and still keep the pests from devouring it. There are so many hints and tips in this book sharing what to plant where that I have taken pages and pages of notes already!
Lexie Huber
Apr 06, 2014 Lexie Huber rated it really liked it
Shelves: gardening
I cannot wait to use the information in this book in my own garden. I have already started using it as a reference when planning and planting. At the moment, it looks new and beautiful, but I figure a few seasons in this will be a "loved" book with notes, dog ears, and even some dirt found between its pages.
Mar 31, 2014 Melinda rated it liked it
Encourage a healthy garden by grouping plants:

Group 1: Tomato/ Carrot/ Lettuce/ Asparagus/ Chive/ Basil/ Parsley

Group 2: Green pea/ Carrot/ Cucumber/ Strawberry/ Radish/ Squash/ Lettuce/ Spinach

Group 3: Broccoli/ Cauliflower/ Potato/ Onion/ Rosemary
I picked this up at the library years ago and actually tried the principles of companion planting. Lots of them worked great! I now always plant marigolds by my potatoes because the scent keeps yucky bugs away.

Some other plant companions I enjoyed were carrots and tomatoes because carrots are a root plant and tomatoes grow above ground; pumpkins planted around the corn--to prevent racoons from wanting to traipse through the stickery vines to eat the corn; and peas, spinach, and onions, since the
Dawn Arnold
Jul 31, 2016 Dawn Arnold rated it it was amazing
I refer to this book all the time as it is very helpful. The book not only explains which vegetables like to grow near one another but also which herbs, etc will help protect other vegetables from pests of various kinds.
Feb 08, 2015 Thorny rated it really liked it
Which plants drive away which other plant's pests? Which adds stuff to the soil that benefits the other one? What things you should never plant near each other. How often to rotate certain crops. Which types of soil amendments to use for various plants in the garden. Great resource.
Jun 11, 2014 Jeff rated it really liked it
Shelves: farming
Went out and bought this book. Great tips for companion plantings in gardens. There's some great design tips and maps and the author covers pests, herbs, flowers, vegetables, berries, fruit trees. Very extensive.
Joy Lanzendorfer
Dec 28, 2010 Joy Lanzendorfer rated it really liked it
I loved this book. It's great. It gave me tons of ideas for my garden next year. The only critique I had was that the poisonous chapter, where she lists poisonous plants, is highly suspect. Strawberries are listed (??) as well as apple seeds, which I ate all through childhood, and other plants that clearly aren't poisonous. This threw all the other information in the book under suspicion, but I am an experimental gardener and don't mind too much if advice isn't 100% accurate. Gardening is ruled ...more
A great little reference book from which I learned quite a bit to apply to this gardening season alone. We had a bumper crop of little tomatoes and I planted bee balm and nasturtium throughout. I dug out any offending grass from among the blueberry plants that apparently hate it (and they produced better than usual). I also really went to town in using and remembering to care for the couple of comfrey bushes (?) our son planted a few years ago and put leaves in a pail to break down and be used a ...more
Moi Goi
Oct 05, 2014 Moi Goi rated it it was ok
The sources section lists plant and seed nurseries exclusively, while the suggested reading section recommends general organic gardening books. I was hoping to see some controlled field studies listed as I've browsed through inconclusive research by scientists interested in the supposed phenomena of companion planting-- anything that can improve agriculture can get some funding. But without even a hint of a credible source means that this book is just a compendium of hearsay and unsubstantiated ...more
Mathew Carruthers
This is the seminal work on companion planting, a must for anyone interested in organic gardening or for anyone who wants to be a more efficient, more knowledgeable gardener. Using the book as a guideline, with companion planting you are able to let the plants do the work of soil improvement, insect repellent, bolstering disease resistance, and improving crop yields and flavor. This book also includes recommendations for planning a companion garden and instructions for making your own soil amend ...more
Apr 04, 2016 Enid rated it liked it
I' m relatively new to companion planting. I found this book informative and fun to read!
Aug 11, 2015 Sébastien marked it as to-read
So now plants have feelings?! Gossip aside, this author, slightly elderly and frail looking in her photo on the back cover, is witty according to the editor's note. Given that Mrs Riotte delves into the effects of the heavy isotope of deuterium on garden growth, Russian scientific research, while providing tips on the use electro-culture for growing extremely large tomatoes, witty in this case is an understatement. So tomatoes love carrots. Roses love garlic. Plants dislike heavy isotopes, yet t ...more
Nathan Hetrick
Dec 19, 2013 Nathan Hetrick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Covers more than just companion planting. Not necessarily a book to read like a novel, more of a reference book with headings for each vegetable, herb, and flower chosen as topics. Some plants are covered more than once as this is a combination of two separate books. My personal bias thinks the author gives too much accolade to hybrids at the expense of open-pollinated and landrace varieties, although she certainly is not against the latter. The graphics and garden plan drawings could be clearer ...more
Lots of good information.
author lived in Ardmore, OK
Mar 02, 2016 Tom rated it really liked it
Really a reference book rather than something you sit and read. Easy to read and gave me some good gardening ideas for this year.
Lauren Fulner
Mar 06, 2015 Lauren Fulner rated it it was amazing
Shelves: homesteading
This classic gardening book is an invaluable resource.
Apr 11, 2014 Heidi rated it really liked it
Clear and concise, well written and engaging.
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Beloved Storey author and life-long gardener Louise Riotte passed away in 1998 at the age of 89. She wrote 12 books on gardening, companion planting, and garden lore, among them the ever-popular Carrots Love Tomatoes, which has sold approximately 515,000 copies. Her father taught her to believe in and practice astrology, while her mother was a practicing herbalist. Together they inevitably influen ...more
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