The Q&A Archives: Planting Corn and Beans Together

Question: I want to plant pole beans so they grow up a corn stalk. Do I plant the seeds at the same time? Also, I would like to plant pumpkins and squash between them. Any suggestions?

Answer: Lots of people plant pole beans next to corn stalks. Start your corn first so it's up 6 or 8 inches before you plant your beans. If you plant them both at the same time, the beans will sprawl on the ground before the corn stalks get going. Pumpkin and squash vines can be planted in the same bed as the corn, but they may overtake the bean plants. Sometimes squash is planted in the corn patch to keep racoons from stomping through and stealing all the corn. Just be sure to water your garden well so the plants don't have to fight for the moisture they require.

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