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I am looking for tips on sister planting which is sometimes called Indian planting. Does the space between the rows of food produce less if the rows are closer together, and what other foods produce well when planted together in the same hole like corn, beans, and squash?
Corn, beans, and squash do well together. Beans will grow up on the corn.
Spinach and strawberries.
Tomatoes and peppers.
Onions are best grown by themselves, few plants get along with onions.
My understanding of the 3 Sisters planting style is to plant corn first. Once it is up 6 - 12 in., then plant the beans close by that will grow up the corn. The squash will help keep the soil cool.
Plant your garlic in with your roses and throw your banana skins in your rose bushes.
Beans: should be planted away from onions, garlic, shallots, and leeks.
Beets: Plant away from pole beans and mustards.
Broccoli: Avoid planting close to strawberries and sunflowers.
Cabbage: This group doesn't mix well with strawberries, sunflowers, and grapes.
Carrots: Keep away from dill.
Corn: Don't plant too close to tomatoes and sunflowers.
Eggplant: Keep away from potatoes, tomatoes and peppers.
Garlic: Avoid planting near beans and peas.
Lettuce: Avoid the cabbage family and sunflowers.
Onions: Do not plant near beans and peas.
Peas: Keep away from onions, garlic, shallots, and leeks.
Peppers: They don't mix well with eggplant, tomatoes, potatoes,and fennel.
Potatoes: Best if planted away from eggplant, peppers, tomatoes,squash, pumpkins and sunflowers.
Strawberries: Keep away from members of the cabbage family.
Tomatoes: They don't get along with corn, potatoes, peppers and eggplant.
Tomatoes and basil are great together.
We want to build a raised garden next spring and had heard that there are certain vegetables that grow well together, the "three sisters", but we can only remember corn. Does anyone know about this or have suggestions?
The bed won't be very big as we have a lot of trees and we're short on sunny locations. Any and all thoughts, suggestions, trial and error comments are welcomed! This site has been a wealth of information over the years and we appreciate all of you!
Hardiness Zone: 6b
By Teri from St. Louis
The Three Sisters were corn, beans and squash. Beans or peas are beneficial to corn as their roots fix nitrogen into the soil. There's a mountain of lore concerning companion planting, and some of it might be more true than others.
Flowers and herbs can be particularly good in a vegetable garden though as they add color, attract bees, and some help drive away pests. Good ones to choose from are french marigolds, nasturtiums, chamomile, borage, pot marigold (calendula), sage, rosemary, garlic, thyme, and mint. Mint should be planted in containers to keep it from spreading. I work in a small space and though I can't fit in more than a few of these I think they really add something.
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What vegetables can I plant together, in the spring?
Hardiness Zone: 7b
Meechi from Camden, NJ
You can plant nearly anything together. Plant tall stuff on the north side, so it doesn't shade smaller plants. Space out the big stuff, then toss herb seeds in between (basil, parsley, dill all do well spread out like that). Put your lettuces and radishes in the front, because they'll harvest early, then you can plant a second round half-way through the summer.
The only thing I can think of that's not quite compatible with everything else is peppers. Peppers prefer a slightly more acidic ("sour") soil and most veggies prefer neutral to slightly alkaline ("sweet") soil. Put your peppers (if you like them) at one end and toss some paper match heads in the hole underneath. They'll appreciate the phosphorus. I saw that trick on Victory Garden years ago.
Post again and let us know what you've done and how its working. (02/24/2009)
Carrots love tomatoes! Plant them along the edges of your tomato rows! Lettuce does well in any nook or cranny, and beans and squash planted with corn saves space too. The beans go up the corn and the squash creeps at the bottom. (02/24/2009)
Search for companion planting. You can go to organic gardening and do, the same search. (02/26/2009)
As mentioned above, corn, beans, and squash do very well together. My daughter did a report on the Iroquois Indians and they called these the 3 sisters. The corn gave the beans something to grow up, the beans fix nitrogen which the corn likes and the squash has big leaves shading and inhibiting weeds. We are trying this summer. (03/12/2009)