Carrots Love Tomatoes
Secrets of Companion Planting for Successful Gardening
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Louise Riotte first published Carrots Love Tomatoes in 1979 - and thus taught generations of gardeners how to see their gardens and the plants in them in a new way. Since then, Carrots Love Tomatoes has been revised, expanded, updated and has become even more widely known and beloved than ever.
Riotte's understanding of companion planting, and her practical experience with it exceeds anything else we have seen - including Philbrick and Gregg's Companion Plants and How to Use Them (which is prominently featured in her Biblography). Her familiarity with Biodynamics and Philbrick and Gregg's book simply leaps off the page just as her independent, deepened work with companion planting carries this work forward and has made it available and useful to many who have never heard of either of her predecessors.
I should add that we have used companion planting for years with great success and that Louise Riotte's book is both a rigorous resource and a delightful "read": she's warm, funny, and interesting in all kinds of ways. In fact, you may want to read it before you use it - once you put it in your garden shed (where, if you're like us, you'll go back to it time and again as you plant) it's likely that it will take on a patina of soil that will make it less than welcomed in your home.
Roses Love Garlic
Companion Planting and Other Secrets of Flowers
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Having covered the realm of companion planting with vegetables better than anyone else in Carrots Love Tomatoes (immediately above), Louise Riotte turns her attention to flowers - and all their friends and enemies, too. Her knowledge is deep and broad, her humor evident everywhere, and her experience and practicality are unequaled. Another gardener's treasure.