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Johnplotman's Journal

Johnplotman's Journal

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Some vegetables that dislike each other.

16 December 2009 19:38:38
Some vegetable enemies.

Some vegetable enemies.

When sowing onions and other members the gang like shallots,leeks,and chives they are not the best of neighbours with the likes of beans,peas,and even carrots.Lettuces are not to fond of Broccoli.Potatoes despite been of the same night shade family as tomatoes would have war with each other.Tomatoes also hate the brassicas like cabbage kohl rabi etc.Spinach also hate the brassicas.Another enemie of cabbages are the garlics and they also dislike near runner beans.Planting the likes of any of the above vegetables near each other will effect growth and slow things on both of them.


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Myrtle Myrtle 16 December 2009 20:09:38

Companion planting for veg sounds interesting, I wonder does that go for other plants too? I'm not a veg grower.


Lìga Lìga 16 December 2009 20:17:08

Next spring have to try remeber this tips,,maybe vegetables will grow better.


J.D. J.D. 16 December 2009 20:25:12

Maybe we should all follow suit, and get a diary going for the new year. Looks like we may need one. Thanks for that valuable info, John.


fran m fran m 16 December 2009 20:35:21

John, when are you going to start doing house calls, can I be first on the list. 3 or 4 months should sort this place out, then you can go to next call. :- ))))


Johnplotman Johnplotman 16 December 2009 22:18:30

It also goes for herbs Myrtle and another book called [ Roses love Garlic] which has companion planting and other secrets of flowers.The book is by Louise Riotte.


Johnplotman Johnplotman 16 December 2009 22:23:43

Liga,some have been proven to be great,others trying.The first tip i ever got was about growing the herb Basil with tomatoes.1 It keep off certain pests and 2 it also sweetens the tomatoes even more.Potatoes and tomatoes might be brother and sister but if the potatoes get blight so will they if near hand.


Johnplotman Johnplotman 16 December 2009 22:28:14

Youre welcome Jacinta.The diary is the first area of the garden for the incoming year i always go for first off.Details from this year will be added on to it and go from there.


Johnplotman Johnplotman 16 December 2009 22:36:02

Fran it would be more like me needing a house call [thanks] and 3 or 4 months learning on sorting of flowers.I could not go to the next call as i will be still trying to learn the first.


Mairin Mairin 17 December 2009 00:15:53

How "near" is near, John?  Are we talking a foot apart or more? 


Johnplotman Johnplotman 17 December 2009 08:16:29

About the distance of been able to walk through the seperate beds and to be able to fit a wheelbarrow through for weeding etc should do the trick Mairin.This is where the three beds come into play.They dont have to be massive size.If you only had 2 head of cabbage,2 stalk of beans,and 2 heads of beetroot the plan will work the same.Tomatoes will be with the others group and the potatoes will be with your roots crop.All the brassicas with cabbages need another bed.Other veg will be from the same family like the tom and potatoes but they hate growing near each other in the same bed.When you do crop rotation and grow the veg together they like each other and they are good companions in the veg garden and one will try to protect the other if at all possible.Then you can mix herbs and marigolds to help things even better.


milkchurns milkchurns 19 December 2009 20:50:21

hi john. very useful info john and some of it i didnt know. where would i get more info on like john.


Johnplotman Johnplotman 19 December 2009 22:39:07

Thanks Paul.


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