Plants have best friends just like people do. Marigolds help tomatoes and roses grow better. Nasturtiums keep bugs away from squash and broccoli. Petunias protect beans from beetles and oregano chases them away from cucumbers. Geraniums keep Japanese beetles away from roses and corn. Chives make carrots sweeter, and basil makes tomatoes even tastier
Use Old Coffee Grinds in your garden. Tomatoes love it!! They add nitrogen to the soil, boost foliage growth and deter pests. If you dont drink much coffee, Starbucks gives away coffee grounds in their Grounds for Gardens programs.
Tomato Blossom End Rot - How to prevent it. A Frugal Garden tip that isn't included in the article is using Aspirin – Dissolve 3/4 of an uncoated asprin tablet in 1 gallon of water. Spray plants ever 2-3 weeks with the mixture to prevent fungus problems, including powdery mildew and black spot. It’s also been found to help some plants yield more fruit than using commercial fertilizers.