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Apr 4, 2017 6:52 PM CST
My daughter has asking me for a while if we can start a garden. The weather is getting warmer so I told her yes and asked what she wanted to grow. She chose carrots, sweet peppers and strawberries. We have a fairly small area, probably only enough for two or three of each plant. I don't know much about gardening and I'm wondering if carrots, sweet peppers, and strawberries would do well in relatively close proximity to each other. I think the strawberries are what she wants most so if carrots or sweet peppers are not good companions for them, what other vegetables would do well near strawberries?
Name: Liz Shaw
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Apr 4, 2017 7:09 PM CST
Have you considered doing the peppers in containers? You can grow them successfully in 5 gallon buckets. Strawberries also do well in containers. Then you can use your ground all for carrots.
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Name: Daisy I
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Apr 4, 2017 7:32 PM CST

I would have suggested putting the carrots in containers. As we do not know where you live, its hard to say for sure. Carrots are usually considered cool weather plants. They need fine soil at least as deep as you expect your carrots to be long. If a carrot hits a rock or a hard spot, it goes all wiggly (to get around the hard spot/rock).

If you live in a cold area, peppers in pots are an excellent idea because they are usually long season plants. They may not be ripe by the time fall comes. But, if they are in pots, you can haul the pots in and have peppers ripening all winter (that's what I have to do). Peppers are perennial so will last for several years if cared for.

Strawberries are also perennial. Your crop will increase year after year. You might want to turn that small space over to strawberries and use containers for the carrots and peppers.
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Apr 4, 2017 8:24 PM CST
I have had good success raising carrots in raised beds with loose soil. I agree that peppers do great in containers and I agree with @Daisyl "Strawberries are also perennial. Your crop will increase year after year. You might want to turn that small space over to strawberries and use containers for the carrots and peppers." The strawberry plants will multiple with runners fast. You need extra space for growth. What kind of strawberry plant did you/or will you be getting?

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