Tomatoes and peppers in the same bed?

jen_dApril 20, 2010

Hi, everyone. This is my first year of gardening, so I have a TON of questions.

We got a spot in out community garden and are building raised beds so I would like to use my space as efficiently as possible. I also plan on practicing crop rotation so that makes things even trickier.

I've been reading that tomatoes and peppers are in the same "family" and should be planted under similar conditions. However, I haven't seen anything saying I can plant them in the same bed. I'd like to try to plant some tomatoes with bell and sweet peppers, but figured I'd ask in case it won't work!

The bottom 1/3 of each bed is steer manure compost, the other 2/3rds is garden soil with another thin layer of compost on top.

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taz6122(N.W. AR.6b)

They should grow fine together. I grew tomatoes with tabasco and jalapeno peppers in the same bed last year. Got great production.

    Bookmark   April 20, 2010 at 4:42PM
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digdirt2(6b-7a No.Cent. AR HZ8 Sun-35)

Sure no problems.

The bottom 1/3 of each bed is steer manure compost, the other 2/3rds is garden soil with another thin layer of compost on top.

I assume you plant to till/mix up the layers together before planting, right?

Dave

    Bookmark   April 20, 2010 at 5:26PM
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jen_d

*pause* See, told you I was new! I was not going to mix them together other than how they would mix once I dug out the holes to put the plants in. Would that be sufficient or do I need to go back and mix the entire bed?

    Bookmark   April 20, 2010 at 5:43PM
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bigdaddyj(Zone7)

They grow great together!

    Bookmark   April 20, 2010 at 6:18PM
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cyrus_gardner(8)

I would plant tomatoes on the far North/northeast and pepprs on
the south/southwest part. The reason, tomatoes will grow bigger and
much taller than peppers and you dont want your pepper in the shade.
Peppers love sun more than tomatoes too.

    Bookmark   April 20, 2010 at 8:26PM
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digdirt2(6b-7a No.Cent. AR HZ8 Sun-35)

do I need to go back and mix the entire bed?

You'll have much better results if you do. Plants don't grow in layers but send out roots all through the bed at all levels. So you'll have better nutrient access for them as well as better drainage.

Dave

    Bookmark   April 20, 2010 at 8:40PM
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junktruck

yeah maters and peppers grow good together been doing it for yrs / i even throw in some green onion and basil / i would work the soil and get it mixed up good

    Bookmark   April 20, 2010 at 11:20PM
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sautesmom

Every time I try to do it, the tomatoes grow bigger than I thought they would and completely shade out the pepper plants, and I get few to no peppers. I have also learned that peppers are very happy being closely planted with each other. Rather than intermix them, I think it works better to cram all the peppers on one end, and space the tomatoes out in the rest of the bed.

Carla in Sac

    Bookmark   April 21, 2010 at 1:04AM
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taz6122(N.W. AR.6b)

I would plant peppers on the NW side so they will get direct sun from noon-ish on. Peppers should be grown in pairs. I always end up with two plants to a pot and leave them together when transplanting into the garden. They help support each other. You might even want to tie them together at some point.

    Bookmark   April 21, 2010 at 10:31AM
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homegardenpa

I've grown tomatoes and peppers together for years with no issue, although, I've found that my peppers do MUCH better when in containers. I guess with my zone it takes too long to heat up and I usually only get moderate to good production fairly late season.

I get earlier and more production in containers for peppers - and usually the opposite for tomatoes... Go figure.

P.S. - Since peppers and tomatoes are from the same family of plants, I've heard a good few funny myths about planting them together, my favorite one being: "Oh, you planted hot peppers next to your tomatoes, isn't that going to make the tomatoes hot, too?" :)

    Bookmark   April 21, 2010 at 10:37AM
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jen_d

@everyone: Wonderful! I had initially planned to do tomato/pepper/tomato/pepper but will re-work the planting arrangement. I did notice the big size difference while browsing seedlings but didn't realize the maters could get in the way of my peppers enough to hurt production.

I will also make sure to mix the soil/compost well. So far the only bed that has been planted has been the artichokes and I've been assured they are tough to kill.

@homegardenpa: I'd heard the same thing about hot and sweet peppers and believed it *blush* until I started looking into planting them. ;)

Thanks!

    Bookmark   April 22, 2010 at 2:00PM
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