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Stupid question - Corn and Beans

Posted by ladykitsu Colorado (My Page) on
Sun, Feb 18, 07 at 13:06

This is going to be not only my first garden since I was a kid...but also the first time trying companion planting...So, I have something of a stupid question about planting beans with corn. Everything I've read so far has said it's a great idea to plant the 2 together.

My question is...beans are supposed to be full sun, however, because corn has to be planted pretty close together to be able to pollinate well, won't that effect your bean crop? I would think that the beans are getting very little sun because you are supposed to plant between the corn rows.

Does anyone have any personal experiance with this? Does the bean crop suffer because of the shade of the corn....or do you just plant only on the "outside" of the corn blocks (rather in between the rows of corn) so the beans still get plenty of light. Or...does it not affect the crop of beans at all when you plant between the rows.

Thanks much for the help!

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RE: Stupid question - Corn and Beans

I thought it was pole beans that are suppose to grow well with corn. The pole beans climb the corn which helps prevent critters from getting into the corn. The beans supply nitrogen to the soil for the corn.

The link talks about Native American techniques for growing, harvesting, and preserving sunflowers, squash, corn and beans. At the very least, it's an interesting read.

Here is a link that might be useful: Buffalo Bird Woman Garden

RE: Stupid question - Corn and Beans

It's a very good idea to let the corn get up a bit before you plant the beans. Otherwise, the vigorous bean plants could shade the corn seedlings.

RE: Stupid question - Corn and Beans

Thanks for the tips!

I can't wait to get started

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