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    I'm not convinced we have the right climate here to do Three Sisters successfully - and the Native Americans used it with beans for drying, not for eating fresh. I'm going to underplant my sweetcorn with squash and grow the beans separately - I like my beans too much to risk them not growing properly!

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    Food for thought...haha.

    Will have a go and see what happens. Thanks for your help

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    Yet another thought...I do have them some times...lol

    Could you do "sisters" planting with any of the brassicas? I'm growing cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli and sprouts. And scarlet kale and purple top turnips (which I've been told is a brassica). Broccoli is everything from calabrese to PSB to Romanesco as it's favourite around here.

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    Go to your library and get out several books on veg gardening and allotments. They will describe catch/ inter/ and under cropping fairly well

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rossa View Post
    Yet another thought...I do have them some times...lol

    Could you do "sisters" planting with any of the brassicas? I'm growing cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli and sprouts. And scarlet kale and purple top turnips (which I've been told is a brassica). Broccoli is everything from calabrese to PSB to Romanesco as it's favourite around here.
    You can grow broccoli with other plants as companions. Some plants may help to deter certain pests (e.g. marigolds). You can also grow quick-cropping veg like lettuce, radish, baby carrots in between rows of slower growing brassicas like PSB. The other veg will be long gone by the time the brassicas really need all that space between them.
    Warning: I have a dangerous tendency to act like I know what I'm talking about.

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    Had a look around on the 'net and some say grow climbing beans up artichokes or sunflowers. Guess that's cos they all grow so tall, so artichokes and sunflowers are the support.

    If the beans in the 3 sisters planting would be better being beans for drying would my borlotti beans be a better idea than climbing French beans?

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    Corn and butternut squash (2 sisters) works really well.

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    Default Hello Rossa...

    I'm new here. Please be patient with me as I'm not terribly computer literate.

    Underplanting is usually a reference (in my neck of the world) to a crop planted to aide another by suppressing weeds, exchanging nutrients etc. An example would be planting dwarf clover or alyssum under cabbage.

    Interplanting would be planting things that "get along" and help each other for crop harvesting. Such as corn and winter squash.

    One of my favorites and the very first of the year is planting alternate rows of spinach and larkspur. I do this on March first (provided the soil has thawed!).
    The spinach comes up first and when it begins to bolt it is cut back, by then the larkspur is growing fast on it's heels to provide months of cut flowers.

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