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  • Underplanting Sweetcorn

    I know the usual thing to underplant Sweetcorn with are Squashes....but has anyone tried anything else?... maybe lettuces, spring onions, beetroots??

    What do you think yay or nay?

    Thanks in advance.
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  • #2
    I've done lettuce and it worked quite well. I would be cautious about root crops as you don't want to disturb the sweetcorn roots.
    History teaches us that history teaches us nothing. - Hegel

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    • #3
      I have one sweetcorn bed planted with the traditional beans and squashes mix and another with the serious glut of PSB and sprouts that I grew and couldn't bear to compost. No negatives so far (very early days) but one positive has been the very hungry pigeons haven't found this lot of brassicas...yet!

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      • #4
        I used cornflowers which helped to green mulch the soil and cut down on waterring. Flowers were pretty too and rather aptly named!
        My Majesty made for him a garden anew in order
        to present to him vegetables and all beautiful flowers.- Offerings of Thutmose III to Amon-Ra (1500 BCE)

        Diversify & prosper


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        • #5
          i grew cobra climbing french beans up my sweetcorn last year and it worked very well..

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          • #6
            Dwarf french beans for me all the way!
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            • #7
              I've successfully grown beetroot under sweetcorn in the past, and I'm doing it again this year too.

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              • #8
                I've gone for a couple of butternut squash plants. Not done it before so we'll see.
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by OllieMartin View Post
                  I've gone for a couple of butternut squash plants. Not done it before so we'll see.

                  ....and me . We can compare notes
                  I'm betting mine go the wrong way .
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by binley100 View Post
                    ....and me . We can compare notes
                    I'm betting mine go the wrong way .
                    Mine too, I've set up a short trellis for the squash to grow up, but as it's against the wall on the north side I bet they try and grow through my potatoes!
                    My sweetcorn are minipop, which I've heard nothing but bad things about, but we'll see
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                    • #11
                      I've planted my sweetcorn quite close this year (12" instead of 18") to squeeze more in.

                      I'll probably sown a green manure/living mulch of limnanthes between them after earthing up (it's a windy site), or else allow some squashes to ramble between them.
                      All gardeners know better than other gardeners." -- Chinese Proverb.

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                      • #12
                        Mine are planted really close as I wanted to fit them all in one bed.. so will probably go for lettuce I thnk!

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                        • #13
                          We love growing Minipop sweetcorn Ollie
                          My daughter adores it, so it's worth the space to us. We got 5 mini-cobs off one plant last year, so we're trying to break that record this year

                          I'm planting my (big) sweetcorn between my spring cabbages which should have been cropped by now, but are only just starting to heart-up now

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                          • #14
                            We've put harlequin squash amoung our sweetcorn, and am hoping my late propigator sown Pea Delikett will germinate and not get nicked by mice (unlike my last two attempts ~ thus the propigator) will be planted to climb up the corns.

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                            • #15
                              Mine are in the garden border so they are more the under planting. They are mixed in with shrubs, a couple of cucumbers, sunflowers and some self sown poppies. Did the same last year though they went in a bit late as we were planting everything up, I hope they'll do better this year.

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