The Q&A Archives: Planting Between Corn Rows

Question: To save space in my small garden, can I plant something between my rows of corn?

Answer: It is a traditional Native American practice to plant corn, squash (including pumpkins), and beans together. The pumpkin vines cover the soil to make a living mulch, maintaining moisture and smothering weeds, and beans supply nitrogen to both other crops, and climb the cornstalks for support.

Both corn and pumpkins are heavy feeders, so you may want to add extra compost and/or a slow-release fertilizer at planting time.

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