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Companion planting: When it says other plants don't like Fennel. . .

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Companion planting: When it says other plants don't like Fennel. . .

Post  rhanford on 2/6/2012, 6:49 pm

I have been doing a significant amount of reading about companion planting. With every good plant pairs, it always lists things to avoid planting together. For example, don't plant Corn and Tomatoes in the same location because they are both prone to the same pests. I have also read that most plants don't like fennel. In terms of SFG can I put Fennel in a separate bed? I guess my main question is how far are they talking about?

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Re: Companion planting: When it says other plants don't like Fennel. . .

Post  Fireopal36 on 2/7/2012, 11:12 am

I just read this reply to a different thread:
So lettuce seems like a good idea!

@Lavender Debs wrote:I
used to garden only in large, over stuffed pots in a small herb garden
divided up into a knot shape. I always planted multiple items into the
pots. It seemed like the right thing to do when I started SFG'ning




Fennel
and butterhead lettuce. There are not many plants willing to grow close
to fennel but lettuce is. As the two grew together, the lettuce
blanched the bulb of the fennel.




Broccoli
with swiss chard. This was an early broccoli (nutri-bud). Instead of
waiting for the multiple buds that come from nutri-bud, I only let it go
for two or three rounds before cutting it off at the base. By that
time, the main crowns of my later broccoli were fixen to be ready. For
the rest of the season there was wave after wave of swiss chard (and
lasagna!)


I
have a lot of examples but I will not boar you with more than this. I
will say that there are a few symbiotic relationships I would like to
try but never have. Tomatoes, carrots and basil are supposed to be good
partners BUT in the PNW I do not want to hinder the sun from heating the
soil under tomatoes, peppers or egg plant. You might want to try that
yourself.

Here's the original thread:
http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/t10141-fun-with-interplanting
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Post  Lavender Debs on 2/7/2012, 11:35 am

One square between them seems to be enough. Fennel killed early green beans planted in the same box. They would sprout and then die. Green beans growing two squares over with a mixed square of snap dragons, calendula and sweet between them was enough (nothing magic about the flowers unless you need their happy face and sweet perfume on any given day). In 2011 I did give fennel a box of their own. They did not seem to do as well there as they did in a mixed box. Not sure if they are toxic to themselves or if it was just a bad year.

Debs.....who has noticed that peppers wilt cucumbers to death.
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Post  ksbmom on 2/7/2012, 12:18 pm

Debs - what did you mean about peppers wilting cukes to death? I'm planning to do cukes for the first time this year, and I have sweet peppers already going in the same box - will they be OK if a few squares apart?
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Post  Lavender Debs on 2/7/2012, 12:23 pm

Probably your cucumbers will be fine. Mine wilted when planted in the same large pot as a pepper plant where their roots intertwined.

BTW, I live in the PNW, not exactly pepper country....some years it isn't cucumber country. Sorry to scare you, you should be fine.
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Post  rhanford on 2/7/2012, 8:20 pm

Thanks for showing me the lettuce and the Fennel! I haven't read anything about it before and plan on growing both!!!! Super excited now. Smile
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Post  Fireopal36 on 2/8/2012, 10:49 pm

@rhanford wrote:Thanks for showing me the lettuce and the Fennel! I haven't read anything about it before and plan on growing both!!!! Super excited now. Smile

So from what I've been reading (as I've been trying to companion plant in a SFG myself) is that fennel and lettuce work together, and I want to say I read somewhere that radishes are ok with fennel? Radishes do very well with lettuce, so it makes sense...also dill and fennel are fine together. So maybe plant fennel and dill, or fennel and lettuce and radishes to make a salad square? I won't be growing fennel, so let me know how it goes and what you plant with it (if anything) Very Happy
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Post  rhanford on 2/9/2012, 11:01 am

Yea, in all my reading I only found that Dill was a good companion. So I'm pretty interested to try the lettuce out! Hopefully by this weekend I will have everything planted and I will start posting some pictures!!!
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Post  jrb1021 on 8/12/2013, 3:45 pm

@rhanford wrote:Yea,  in all my reading I only found that Dill was a good companion.  So I'm pretty interested to try the lettuce out!  Hopefully by this weekend I will have everything planted and I will start posting some pictures!!!
 In all my reading, fennel and dill should not be grown together, or even near each other.  They are apparently similar enough that they can cross-pollinate when either dill or fennel is allowed to form seeds, and the results are supposedly horrible tasting.

I have no first hand experience, but everything I have read says it is so.
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Post  GWN on 8/12/2013, 5:17 pm

In all my reading, fennel and dill should not be grown together, or even near each other.
OH dear... I have the two of them growing to seed all over the place, my volunteer garden.
I just thought I would not have to do much planting next year.
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Post  jrb1021 on 8/12/2013, 5:19 pm

@GWN wrote:
In all my reading, fennel and dill should not be grown together, or even near each other.
 OH dear... I have the two of them growing to seed all over the place, my volunteer garden.
I just thought I would not have to do much planting next year.
 Please let us know how it turns out.  Urban legends are often just that.  It would sure be easier if I didn't need to keep them far apart.
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