So after getting back to east asia after a trip to Australia. I found I had massive Spider mite infestation. I went online trying to work out the best way to remove them. Some suggested it was too late and you need to remove all the plants. However I didn't want to give up.
Some suggestions where to use garlic water, a natural pesticide. So I blended up a bunch of garlic that I bought from my local wet market. Then I got spraying. However reading online, you need to spray them regularly and in particular under all the leaves. However I'm a lazy gardener, so I didn't remember to this again. Of course because of this it didn't work.
My ruined tomato plants.
Having looked into companion planting before. I decided to plant all the garlic around the bases of the plants. However I was too late for most of them. There was one small tomato plant that I had. Thankfully the garlic sproated and low and behold, it protected it! There were still infested tomato plants around, as the garlic hadn't yet grown next to them. So I removed this older plants and this one that was protected is growing very healthy, strong and fast.
My tomato plant with garlic protection. It lives!
So if you're looking for an easy way to protect your tomato plants, plant some garlic cloves.
Have you tried companion planting? Let me know your experience in the comments below.