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Name: Christine
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Feb 3, 2010 1:30 PM CST

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Gardeners all over the world have observed plants growing together for thousands of years and sometimes they discovered improvements in yeild, size, health, flavor when certain plants were cultivated near each other.

What has worked for you?

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Name: Christine
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Feb 3, 2010 1:58 PM CST

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I have found that there are many herbs that grow well with veggies.


Hot peppers do well with oregano and parsley.

Basil with tomatoes and eggplant are wonderful.
May your life be like a wildflower, growing freely in the beauty and joy of each day --Native American Proverb

Name: leaflady
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Feb 22, 2010 11:32 PM CST
My eggplant seems to do well with the various mints. Yard Long beans do so- so with morning glories. The mgs will smother out the beans if I don't work hard at controlling them.

Potatoes and onions did ok except that the potatoes eventually smothered the onions.

Asparagus and tomatoes grow well together but become to entangled to suit me.

Winter squash did well in the flower beds and kept the weeds down just a bit. I also tend to weed more when food is planted in a bed.

Grapes and blackberries grow well together. I let Gill Over the Ground and Henbit take over the ground level. They do seem to deter some insects.

GOD bless and keep each of you.
Name: leaflady
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Feb 27, 2010 7:04 PM CST
It says we have had 16 viewers so where are the posters among you? Surely some of you have had successes in the yarden. Tell us about them, please.
Name: Melissa E. Keyes
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coconut
Mar 8, 2010 5:45 PM CST
Seeking info. Where can I find a list to begin with?

Melissa

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Name: Stephanie
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Mar 17, 2010 8:11 AM CST
What kind of list are you looking for Melissa?
Name: Melissa E. Keyes
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coconut
Mar 17, 2010 9:13 AM CST
I am growing, trying to grow bananas, papaya, chard-Bright Lights, yard long pole beans, okra, haha> coleus, mint, hibiscus, umm...

I am allergic to nightshades, so no tomatoes, potatoes or peppers.

Now I'm off to see your blog, Stephanie.

Photo is a floppy basil in a self-watering five gallon bucket.

Melissa

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Name: Stephanie
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Mar 17, 2010 12:46 PM CST
Here are some helpful companion planting sites I've found.

http://www.ghorganics.com/page2.html

http://www.gardenguides.com/410-good-amp-bad-companions-vege...

http://www.reneesgarden.com/articles/3sisters.html

http://luv2garden.com/
Name: Christine
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Mar 22, 2010 8:18 AM CST

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those are great resources stephanietx!

I especially like the info on ghorganics because the information is from experiences, very informative!

Have you ordered from ghorganics? I have and am very pleased with their products. The seeds I've used from them have 100% germination so far. I'm going to be using their fertilizer this year too.
May your life be like a wildflower, growing freely in the beauty and joy of each day --Native American Proverb

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gardenersdetective
Mar 22, 2010 1:33 PM CST
Melisa hope this is helpful.
http://www.uvi.edu/sites/uvi/Publications/UVI-CES-gf23.pdf

http://www.uvi.edu/sites/uvi/Pages/CES-Agriculture-Urban_Gar...

http://www.uvi.edu/sites/uvi/Pages/CES-Sustainable-Home.aspx...
Name: Melissa E. Keyes
St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands
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coconut
Mar 22, 2010 5:22 PM CST
I know that Corn, Beans and Squash make a hopeless tangle and you get no food from it.

The University of the Virgin Islands has a very pretty website. As far as helping the community, they work with grants, so they have lots of money. Their Tilapia display at the Agricultural Fair was very pretty, but well beyond any home owner that I know! lol And had electricity-dependant pumps, where here, the electricity goes off, quits, at random and for anywhere from an hour to half a day.

Ooo, I am a grouch tonight! I appreciate your kind efforts to search and send me information.

Their 'home' fishpond... Tank, pumps, and greens growing in the background

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Name: Christine
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Mar 24, 2010 11:57 AM CST

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Coconut, are you saying that the ancient method of "The Three Sisters" used by various Native Americans is not a good planting trio? I was actually thinking of planting a nice Guild of corn, squash and beans..... although I can imagine what you are saying about them getting tangled? Other than that, they are supposed to support, shade, supply nutrients and take care of each other.

May your life be like a wildflower, growing freely in the beauty and joy of each day --Native American Proverb

Name: Melissa E. Keyes
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coconut
Mar 24, 2010 1:26 PM CST
It just turned into a big mess the one time I tried it. Pole beans are too heavy, and shade the sun-loving corn, and the pumpkin vines ran every where. Go ahead and try a bit, I may have done something wrong. I had a big heap that you couldn't walk through.
Name: Stephanie
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stephanietx
Mar 24, 2010 2:51 PM CST
Pumpkin vines get very, very long! We had them all over a portion of our yard last year and they just kept on growing!

I would think you'd want no more than 1 bean plant per corn plant and then plant the melons about 2 feet away the base of the corn and beans.
Name: Christine
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Mar 24, 2010 2:51 PM CST

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I am going to take your experience and pass on trying them for now LOL I have a visual of everything all tangled together and I'm not in the mood to put up with all that! I will plant some beans on a trellis that I made and they can fix the soil with nitrogen so next year I can plant something else there.
May your life be like a wildflower, growing freely in the beauty and joy of each day --Native American Proverb

Name: Christine
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Mar 24, 2010 2:59 PM CST

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Hi stephanie! We crossed paths just now. I have a squash that I planted last year that is more like a bush it grows much shorted than the usual long vines.

I think I will plant them again this year, they are very yummy, small squash, Black Futsu Squash, an heirloom variety, has a nutty flavor.

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Name: Melissa E. Keyes
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coconut
Mar 24, 2010 7:01 PM CST
OK, bottom line, specifically which kind of corn, which bean, which pumpkin, and spacing too. I've heard about this all my life, with no directions. I planted two beans per corn, and only a few pumpkin, expecting corn on the cob, and fresh snaps for dinner.

I've never seen any thing about how to do it the way the Indians did it. Maybe they just harvested dried corn and beans at season's end, hey?
Name: Christine
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Mar 25, 2010 7:27 AM CST

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Hi again coconut, I went ahead and started a thread about it here:

http://cubits.org/CP101/thread/view/15876/
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Name: leaflady
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Mar 28, 2010 7:52 PM CST
Sorry I've been absent for a while. I got sick, then was so tired I could hardly stay awake when I turned on the computer. I'm better now.

I have never tried the '3 sister' companion. I do know that marigolds grow well with nearly anything. Morning glories and pole beans do ok together, basil and tomatoes do well together. Eggplant and mint seem to make good companions.

GOD bless and keep each of you.
EvaMae
Name: Christine
North East Texas (Zone 7b)
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Apr 3, 2010 8:12 AM CST

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So glad you are feeling better leaflady!

I think I will try Morning Glories with pole beans.
May your life be like a wildflower, growing freely in the beauty and joy of each day --Native American Proverb

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