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Companion planting...how near is "near"?

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Post  wife1mom2 on 4/1/2014, 6:50 pm

I am new to square foot gardening and new to companion planting. My question is this...when it says (for example) not to plant onions "near" beans...well how near is "near"? Does that mean I cannot plant them in the same box, period, or would it be okay to plant the beans in a square on the north side and the onion in a square on the south side of the box?

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Post  bonnie0128 on 4/1/2014, 7:48 pm

LOL, I don't know the answer but I've been wondering the reverse!  Like when a plant is beneficial to another plant...how close should they be for best benefit. 

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Re: Companion planting...how near is "near"?

Post  boffer on 4/1/2014, 7:55 pm

I wondered that myself, so I tried a simple experiment a couple years ago.  A 1x4 box; one row of green beans and one row of onions.

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The beans did not pick up onion flavor.  The beans and onions both produced a good harvest.

You can't get any closer than that.  You decide!

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Post  wife1mom2 on 4/1/2014, 8:21 pm

boffer, thank you for the pics and reply.

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Re: Companion planting...how near is "near"?

Post  sanderson on 4/2/2014, 12:37 am

Boffer, Thanks for the testimony and supporting evidence.

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Re: Companion planting...how near is "near"?

Post  alanlu on 4/2/2014, 6:01 am

I've been practicing "companion gardening" for years now.
companion plants are used to help plants to grow better enriching the soil (ex beans and peas fix some nutrients deep in the soil) and/or avoiding bad insects.
I don't have SFG experience yet but in my row gardening, near ment near row ... so in SFG near should be next square.
I've just built my new SFGarden respecting companion rules .... as soon as something will rise I'll tell you if my ideas are right!

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Post  AtlantaMarie on 4/2/2014, 9:20 am

Wife1Mom2 - most of the research I've done says 4 feet minimum separation for foes.

I've got some beans planted near onions.  We'll see what happens...

Bonnie - I've got onions inter-planted with my lettuce & cabbage, so they're right next to each other.

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Post  sanderson on 4/2/2014, 12:26 pm

Alanlu, In SFG, the enrichment of the mix is by the compost. This helps relax the rules of good and bad neighbors.

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Re: Companion planting...how near is "near"?

Post  alanlu on 4/3/2014, 2:28 am

@sanderson
WOW!! good neighbors, good soil....this year my tomatoes will be gorgeous!!!

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Post  sanderson on 4/3/2014, 3:34 am

Very Happy 

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