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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Gardening: Companion Planting with Beans, Peas & Lettuce

Gardening: Companion Planting with Beans, Peas & Lettuce...

Beans, Peas and Lettuce...Oh My!

Let's start with...
(100% Heirloom/Non-Hybrid/Non-GMO)
All beans are fabulous and you can't really go wrong with any of them. The most popular kinds are bush and pole beans. (Check out all the BEANS here!)

Beans are great for heavy nitrogen users like corn and grain plants because the nitrogen used up by the corn and grains are replaced at the end of the season when the bean plants die back. Potatoes and marigolds repel the mexican bean beetles and improves growth and flavor. Catnip repels flea beetles so also a good companion.

- Excellent flavor

- Easy to grow

- Enrich the soil with nitrogen fixed from the air

- They improve the conditions for whatever is planted after the beans are finished.

Companions:  beets, cabbage, carrots, catnip, cauliflower, corn, cucumbers, marigolds, potatoes, savory, strawberries (Potatoes and marigolds repel Mexican bean beetles. Catnip repels flea beetles. )

Keep away from: fennel, garlic, leeks, onions, shallots

Growing tip: Do not allow beans to mature on the plant, or it will stop producing, and do not pick beans or cultivate when they are wet, or it will spread viral diseases.

(100% Heirloom/Non-Hybrid/Non-GMO)
My favorite of the peas to grow in my garden are the sugar snap peas! I love them! They are great right off the vine or husked, blanched and then frozen for later consumption. I also like vine peas rather than bush peas because they then don't take up much space and provide some shade needed for the colder crops. I tend to almost always get two rotations of pea crops a year. One in the early spring, after last frost and then late summer, early fall and harvest before first frost.
(Check Out All The Peas Here)  

- Great Flavor

- High in vitamin A, vitamin C, B vitamins and lutein. 

- Peas fix nitrogen in the soil.

Companions: bush beans, pole beans, carrots, celery, chicory, corn, cucumber, eggplant, parsley, early potato, radish, spinach, strawberry, sweet pepper, tomatoes and turnips.

Keep Away From: chives, gladiolus, grapes, late potatoes or onions.
Growing Tip: Watch out for aphids and pea weevils. Crop rotation is one of the best ways to avoid persistent problems. Don't grow peas in the same spot more than once every five years. 

(100% Heirloom/Non-Hybrid/Non-GMO)
 With lettuce you can pretty much grow it just about year round and anywhere you can dream up planting a crop! I have it in gutters along my deck, containers, my raised beds and in the greenhouse. I get so mad at myself when I am out of fresh picked lettuce!

There are so many varieties with all their own special tastes, colors etc. There are even frost resistance lettuces. (Buy Yours Now)  I love that you can keep growing it and just pick the outsides, except "heads" of lettuce like the iceberg.
(Check Out All the Types Of Lettuce Here)

- Easy Grower

- Good Container Crops

- Heat Resistant Varieties 

- Frost Resistant Varieties

Companions: beets, broccoli, bush beans, pole beans, carrots, cucumbers, onion, radish and strawberries. It grows happily in the shade under young sunflowers. Dill and lettuce is a perfect pair.

Keep away from: Cabbage. Cabbage is a deterrent to the growth and flavor of lettuce.
Growing Tip: With regular watering, shade from hot sun, and succession planting, you can enjoy homegrown lettuce almost year-round in much of the country.

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