Planting Between Corn Rows - Knowledgebase Question

Santa Monica, CA
Question by paulrichard
May 23, 2000
To save space in my small garden, can I plant something between my rows of corn?


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Answer from NGA
May 23, 2000

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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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