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Topic: are corn and nasturtium companion plants?  (Read 1289 times)
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CanaryYellow
« on: May 22, 2008 09:55:39 PM »

howdy all. so i have corn, pole beans, winter melon, carrots, and sunflowers in 4x8 raised box. since it's been getting warmer, i've been thinking about mulch (woooo!!!). the winter melon should provide cover but i'm not sure how much and if i can even direct it. so i was thinking: maybe nasturtium... since they grow like crazy, they'd be perfect living mulch. but i'm not sure how they will impact the corn (i've read that beans/sunflowers/nasturtiums can be grown together). does anyone know?
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Prickly Venus
« Reply #1 on: May 26, 2008 09:51:40 AM »

corn , beans, and squashes are all tradtional companion plants in traditional Native American gardening. The beans would climb the corn stalks, and the squash provided shade for the soil when it got hot. Nasturtium would look very pretty with corn, and I can see no reaon not to try it. But if you want utillitarian gardening, go with some kind of pole bean. You don't have a lot of room for most squash in the area you are working with, but there are some that are smaller than others. I would try a Japanese type, kuri or kubocha. Kubocha are available in most grocery stores, and you can just plant a few seeds from your dinner squash, it works, I have done it myself. Linda.
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CanaryYellow
« Reply #2 on: May 26, 2008 05:42:17 PM »

oh i planted my pole beans and scarlet runner beans right next to the corn. i also planted a winter melon (which will serve as ground cover). the melon should go pretty crazy....so i'll probably end up periodically pruning it during the summer. i think i'll plant the nasturtium near the sunflowers in the back.
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« Reply #3 on: June 07, 2008 08:45:28 PM »

Might I suggest a New Zealand spinach for ground cover? They are unbelievably hardy, delicious and take heat. Also, a suggestion on the corn. Since you have such a small number, remember to hand pollinate. Just shake the pollen down from the tassle Smiley
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CanaryYellow
« Reply #4 on: June 09, 2008 05:39:32 PM »

hanks for the advice. i hadn't thought about heat tolerant spinach.
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