growing beans next to other veg

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« on: March 11, 2006, 13:11 »
Hi
Space is a bit of a premium, i have :
3 beds of onions/leeks/garlic etc
4 beds brassicas
2 beds of parsnips and carrots
1 bed sweetcorn peas, squash


I'd like to grow 3 trellis of different beans and wondered which rows i could grow at the end of. Each bed ends on the north side by a low levle wall which is where i was think of putting each trellis so as not shade the beds

Ive read that they can go well with sweetcorn but will the sweetocorn not put them in shade? - can In grow them at the end of any of the other beds?

Thanks
Dave

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« Reply #1 on: March 11, 2006, 17:49 »
It's an old American indian method called 'the three sisters' of growing beans, squash and corn togather. The corn provides support for the climbing beans and shade for the squash, which helps keep water from evaporating in the blistering desert sun.

I tried French beans up sweetcorn but it was tricky to get at the beans as the corn grew.

If you have tall beans on the north side, it shouldn't give any problems to the rest of the crops.
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« Reply #2 on: March 11, 2006, 18:09 »
Hi
Thanks John, I was wondering if there is anything wrong growing the beans directly next to say onions or brassicas - are there any negative affects?

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« Reply #3 on: March 11, 2006, 20:21 »
Not that I know of, but you should move things around each year as growing in the same place each year builds up pests and problems.

There's those that believe in companion planting but I'm not convinced by most of that theory.



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