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Location: southern Tier NY
Posted: Apr/03/2006 3:58 PM PST
hi all. i'm ann, and i live in new york state. i have the space to grow a garden, now, and that's just what i'm hoping to do.
i'm here to get ideas on how to keep my garden naturally. i have composted manure...and an endless supply of manure, for when i may need it. i also have a weeder goose to help with bugs and weeds...or whatever else he feels like eating, at that moment.
my garden plot is just small...maybe 20' x 20'. to save space with planting, i was thinking of planting my peas and green beans next to my corn, in hopes that the beans and corn will climb the corn. has anyone done this before? what did you think of doing that?
thanks for reading,
Location: southwestern Ontario, Canada
Posted: Apr/03/2006 4:22 PM PST
Welcome to GG Ann!
Sounds like you've already got a good plan. Can't say whether the companion planting with the corn will save space/time, but sounds interesting to me. Good luck!
Posted: Apr/04/2006 10:49 AM PST
This method does work but remember to give the corn a good head start as they can easily be smothered by the climbing beans, before they fruit. Maybe a crop of bush beans then the climbers? The beans are good nitrogen fixers in the soil too. I planted my beans in between my blocks of corn and it worked well. I also planted a pumpkin vine in the same bed too as they're supposed to suppress weeds...thats another story though! Another way to make your garden appear natural is the "tepee" method which is 4-6 thin tree branches of similar height tied at the top and the base spread out and stuck in the soil. My beans climbed all over it! It also saves on space too. I use both permaculture and organic methods in my garden and they work well. The most important thing to remember is don't overcrowd your bed, try and plan what will grow where etc. Unfortunately I have no experience with growing peas with corn as they're planted at different times of the year here. I'm sure someone else has though. Good luck with your new garden