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Johnplotman's Journal

Johnplotman's Journal

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Companions in the polytunnel.

07 May 2010 10:17:01
Companions in the polytunnel..

Companions in the polytunnel..

Last night i got to spend another 2 hours in the tunnel.Some off the flowering Potatoes [Solanum tuberosum]Orla [earlies] and three Sweet corn buckets [Zea mays fam. Gramineae],were left together.More of the other Sweet corn are in a square shape to assist with pollination when the time comes.The potato stalks were falling out of place and with the help of the Sweet corn buckets,not any more.Another root vegetable area is below the potatoes.Normally i would not have them in the tunnel.Last year it had to be done through crop rotation.This year,im trying Orla earlies for the first time there,to see their outcome.They will be lifted when the time comes and more veg started asop.Plans for this evening will be to cut the grass,at all costs.Not much time will be left to work in the vegetable garde,but time will be spent in the tunnel.[if all goes to plan]


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fran m fran m 07 May 2010 10:49:30

Is that this years growth, John, looking great.


Clara Clara 07 May 2010 11:33:06

John I have said this before but you are such a gardener and take so much time letting us know about little ideas that matter thank you again for sharing all.


Diana Diana 07 May 2010 13:50:29

I'm with Clara John, thank you very much.


Myrtle Myrtle 07 May 2010 16:35:11

Beautifully green and healthy.


LNolan LNolan 07 May 2010 19:53:36

More than one use for the Sweet corn John. Even while its growing you seem to find a good use for it. Great idea.


Johnplotman Johnplotman 07 May 2010 22:20:33

This years Fran,[Thanks] started,on the 15/2/ having been chitted for 5 weeks previous..


Johnplotman Johnplotman 07 May 2010 22:28:48

Thank you Clara.

Thank you Diana.

Thank you Myrtle.


Johnplotman Johnplotman 07 May 2010 22:49:35

With companions in the garden Liam,one vegetable helps the other.Put most types of fruit though,beside potatoes and a battle ship would be wanted,they hate each other.No matter what it is,be it plastic flower pots,buckets etc,and gardening is pictured on them for some use or another with them,they will be asked for.


LNolan LNolan 08 May 2010 10:38:40

Would the same thing apply to potatoes planted near fruit trees John, such as apple and pear? Would the fruit and potatoes suffer as a result? Or is it just fruit bushes?


Johnplotman Johnplotman 08 May 2010 20:37:37

A large number of fruits dont get on well with the potatoes Liam.Apples are like a battle station again them.One is not much use to the other.Not to sound blunt on all sides,one fruit that gets on well with the potatoes are the strawberries.They are beneficial in some way to each other.Potatoes are a member of what is known as the Night shade family.[


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