Broad beans & potatoes

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Broad beans & potatoes

Post: # 255610Post chadspad
Fri Mar 02, 2012 10:19 am

Can these be planted together in the same bed? Ideally, what I'd like to do, is have them in rows, alternating them so the broad beans grow between the potatoes. Will it work?
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Re: Broad beans & potatoes

Post: # 255614Post Odsox
Fri Mar 02, 2012 10:52 am

I don't see why not.
It would certainly work with dwarf broad beans like The Sutton, as tall varieties might make the potatoes a bit leggy. But then I thought, so what .. what would be the disadvantage of leggy potatoes, when the important bit is underground.
The only drawback I can see is if you are in a blight prone area, hemming in your potatoes like that would be ideal conditions for blight spores to thrive.
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Re: Broad beans & potatoes

Post: # 255615Post chadspad
Fri Mar 02, 2012 10:56 am

Yes we have had blight before. Another problem I thought of is if the broad beans arent ready before the potatoes, I might disturb the beans :scratch: Perhaps just side by side will be easier.
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Re: Broad beans & potatoes

Post: # 255622Post Millymollymandy
Fri Mar 02, 2012 1:28 pm

Depends whether you need to earth up your spuds or not, because you won't be able to. Also you won't be able to get at the beans very easily because of the spud growth in the way. Also watering may be a problem. Also how on earth are you going to stake up/support your broad beans with spuds in the way? :dontknow:
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Post: # 255623Post gregorach
Fri Mar 02, 2012 1:37 pm

Also: why?
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Post: # 255624Post Odsox
Fri Mar 02, 2012 2:07 pm

gregorach wrote:Also: why?
Maybe to save space, not everyone has a huge garden.
I used to always grow my Brussels sprouts between my early potato rows, they were planted there after the spuds were earthed up and provided you were a bit careful harvesting the potatoes they grew to maturity there. Also reaping the benefit of the heavy manuring that the potatoes initially had and it seemed to fox the cabbage root fly.
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