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Shan



Joined: 13 Jan 2009
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PostPosted: Wed May 27, 20 11:05 am    Post subject: Good or Bad Idea? Reply with quote
    

I know about the Three Sisters planting method but what I was wondering was whether I could plant beetroot in between corn rows?

tahir



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
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PostPosted: Wed May 27, 20 11:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Maybe for baby beets? While the coirn is developing you could interplant with any salading or small carrots, radishes maybe?

Slim



Joined: 05 Mar 2006
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Location: New England (In the US of A)
PostPosted: Wed May 27, 20 11:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

I wouldn't bother

Shan



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PostPosted: Wed May 27, 20 11:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

I'm short on space, which is why I want to know. I don't want to do anything that is likely to damage the corn's ability to take up nutrients.

Shan



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PostPosted: Wed May 27, 20 11:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

tahir wrote:
Maybe for baby beets? While the coirn is developing you could interplant with any salading or small carrots, radishes maybe?


The baby beets are a thought. I have salad in the cold frame and radish in a tray.

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Thu May 28, 20 6:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

If you are short on space it is worth a try. I tried the three sisters method and it wasn't that successful, but I possibly didn't do it quite right.

Shan



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PostPosted: Thu May 28, 20 7:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

I have also done it before. Didn't work for me either.

Slim



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PostPosted: Thu May 28, 20 2:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Corn can take some crowding, but you need to ensure you really get a lot of N to it

Three sistersr requires a fair bit of space between corn hills to work well, and the beans don't actually supply N to the others the way people think they do

Nick



Joined: 02 Nov 2004
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Location: Hereford
PostPosted: Thu May 28, 20 2:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

What beans? If it's broad beans, the two sisters approach is way better.

Shan



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PostPosted: Thu May 28, 20 9:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Don't you start.... you are responsible for a good portion of my lack of space!

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Fri May 29, 20 6:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

I used peas, corn and courgettes. It might work in the new raised beds better, but on open ground and the old raised beds, it didn't work well at all. I probably didn't give it enough nitrogen.

Shan



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PostPosted: Fri May 29, 20 7:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

I had done beans, corn and courgettes and it was in a large well manured bed. An absolute unproductive mess.

Nick



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PostPosted: Fri May 29, 20 7:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Shan wrote:
Don't you start.... you are responsible for a good portion of my lack of space!


HOW?

I was after a couple of spare chilli plants!

Nick



Joined: 02 Nov 2004
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Location: Hereford
PostPosted: Fri May 29, 20 7:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Seriously, I've been given some corn. I've planted them out, in a 4x4 foot grid, about a foot between them. They stand around a foot high. I have courgettes and French beans/peas ready to plant out. Should I put them between the corn, or am I too cramped already?

Widthways it fills the bed, so if not in between, then I can go next to.

tahir



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PostPosted: Fri May 29, 20 7:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

At that spacing only something really quick is going to be worth interplanting (so no, don't put your beans or peas in there)

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