This may sound stupid...but

tammyinwv(z6/WV)January 25, 2013

I have read that beans and potatoes were good companion plants. So i was wondering if pole beans could be planted around a potatoe hills?
Tammy

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dirtguy50 SW MO z6a(6a)

Interesting Tammy. Sounds like a good idea if the beans aren't planted too dense to shade the potatoe foilage. Hope others chime in.

    Bookmark   January 26, 2013 at 2:05AM
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zeedman Zone 5 Wisconsin

Never tried it... but pole beans would shade the potatoes, and when the potatoes are dug, it would disturb the roots of the beans. Probably not a good match. Peas might be a better idea, since they are both planted in cool weather, and the peas would likely be done when the potatoes are dug.

    Bookmark   January 26, 2013 at 2:06AM
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dirtguy50 SW MO z6a(6a)

Tammy, I think your idea has a lot of merit. Plant the bean or peas arount the potatoes far enough away for the potatoe plant to grow and not crowd them. They would be picked way before the potatoes anyway. Maybe you can't get a late crop but sounds like a good space saver. Succession planting all at once. LOL

    Bookmark   January 27, 2013 at 5:52PM
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tammyinwv(z6/WV)

My house backs up to a hilly wooded area to the NE, with the house facing SW. The garden is in the back. I was considering planting a long row of pole beans going about E to w, facing the S, with the potatoes planted at the bases of the pole beans, and I considering planting bush beans at the bases of the corn. One article I read yesterday stated there was a study done and it showed only slight reduction in harvest amount of potatoes . But it didnt say if one was planted above the area or between.other articles seem to suggest it will work, but still no specifics as to whether on top or planted in between.
Tammy

    Bookmark   January 27, 2013 at 5:59PM
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tammyinwv(z6/WV)

I just read the article below. So I guess the idea aint too far off the wall. This says to plant the potatoes right in front of the beans tho.
Tammy

Here is a link that might be useful: Companion planting

    Bookmark   January 27, 2013 at 9:28PM
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