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Beans and tomatoes together in a 4X4?

Post  emadethis on 4/12/2013, 11:00 pm

Hi all,
This year will be my first attempt at any kind of garden. Aside from the herbs I've grown in my AeroGarden, I've never successfully grown anything. A friend recommended SFG to me, and the simplicity of it makes me feel like I can do this. My husband thought one 4X4 would be a good project to get my feet wet and gain some confidence.

I'd love to plant bush beans, tomatoes, zucchini, peppers (hot and sweet), green onions, and some herbs. I've read that beans and tomatoes don't play well together, but if I plant them on the opposite side of the 4X4, would it be okay?

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Post  FamilyGardening on 4/12/2013, 11:14 pm

we have planted bush beans and tomatoes in the same 4x4 box and they did fine Very Happy

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Post  emadethis on 4/13/2013, 6:31 am

Fantastic! Thank you.

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Post  Goosegirl on 4/13/2013, 7:22 am

@FamilyGardening wrote:we have planted bush beans and tomatoes in the same 4x4 box and they did fine Very Happy

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+1 I have done this for the last 2 seasons and they have all been fine. However, beans do NOT like Gladiolus!

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Post  CapeCoddess on 4/13/2013, 1:29 pm

Can the beans and toms be planted square by square? To go up the same trellis?

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Post  camprn on 4/13/2013, 1:33 pm

@CapeCoddess wrote:Can the beans and toms be planted square by square? To go up the same trellis?

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Not advisable. Both tomato and bean plants are heavy feeders, one would have to add a lot of fresh compost to the bed to have a decent harvest of each... if you can find the fruits in the dense foliage.
Also, the thick foliage would most likely cut down on air circulation, which would set up a fine environment for disease.

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Post  CapeCoddess on 4/13/2013, 1:36 pm

@camprn wrote:
@CapeCoddess wrote:Can the beans and toms be planted square by square? To go up the same trellis?

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Not advisable. Both tomato and bean plants are heavy feeders, one would have to add a lot of fresh compost to the bed to have a decent harvest of each... if you can find the fruits in the dense foliage.
Also, the thick foliage would most likely cut down on air circulation, which would set up a fine environment for disease.

Ah....makes sense. And heaven knows I hate that PM. Thanks Camp!

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Post  Lindacol on 4/13/2013, 2:26 pm

@CapeCoddess wrote:Can the beans and toms be planted square by square? To go up the same trellis?

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I wouldn't do that. It will be an absolute jungle and you won't be able to find the bean & toms.

Now if you planted a smaller bush bean like Dragons tongue and keep the toms pruned & on the trellis it might work.

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Post  Goosegirl on 4/13/2013, 4:40 pm

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@CapeCoddess wrote:Can the beans and toms be planted square by square? To go up the same trellis?

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I wouldn't do that. It will be an absolute jungle and you won't be able to find the bean & toms.

Now if you planted a smaller bush bean like Dragons tongue and keep the toms pruned & on the trellis it might work.

When I have done toms and beans in the same box I used bush beans - Dragon's Tongue and/or Tenderpod - and it worked out very well. I agree that doing pole beans with the toms would make for a jungle ripe for disease.

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