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Post  Dietryin on 5/15/2010, 8:45 am

Help! I check out the link below and it said not to plant tomatoes by broccoli!


in my garden bed (4x8) I planted the back 8 sq with tomatoes. The next row with broccoli in every other sq with basil filling in between.

What do I do? Do I need to remove my broccoli?


http://www.almanac.com/content/plant-companions-list-ten-common-vegetables
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Post  MattyDove on 5/15/2010, 10:01 am

I have done the same thing. It's been a month so far, but I'm sure it's to early to tell at this point in time. If anyone else has any experience with this I would be interested to know.
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Post  ander217 on 5/15/2010, 10:47 am

I have no personal experience with it, but my companion planting guide says all brassicas (cabbage, kale, turnips, broccoli, etc.) stunt the growth of tomatoes.
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Post  Dietryin on 5/15/2010, 3:57 pm

how far away would these plants need to be from each other?
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Post  Megan on 5/15/2010, 4:25 pm

I'm trying it with tomatoes and brassicas in the same bed, but with 2 SF (peppers and chard) separating them. The next row of squares after that is bok choi, and after that is broccoli rapini. Crossing my fingers that is enough room!
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Post  Dietryin on 5/15/2010, 6:35 pm

The owner of our local nursery said not to worry about them being planted by each other. What do you all think?
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Post  Retired Member 1 on 5/15/2010, 6:43 pm

I've never put much stock in companion planting. I do plant certain flowers to help ward off insects, but have never bothered with the whole companion business. I'm not saying there's nothing to it, but I think any benefit/ detriment is negligible. After all, in nature plants pop up next to each other all the time.
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Post  Dietryin on 5/15/2010, 8:48 pm

After thinking about this article all day, I decided not to worry about what is planted next to each other. My reasoning, Mel's book does not have a section on what not to plant together in your bed. I thought, if companion planting was that important, Mel would of mentioned it in his book. I am trying to follow each step in the SQ Ft book. Too many things to have to worry about for a first year gardener.

Thanks everyone for all of your input today.
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Post  Chopper on 5/15/2010, 11:18 pm

Companion planting is all well and good, but it is really a mild cause and effect for most combos and likely takes time to see any results. Some things being more effective than others. I think you are fine and can make a mental note for future plantings.
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