Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Companion Planting with Corn

Corn is one of the original companion plants since it is a member of the planting method known as the Three Sisters.

The Three Sisters is a combo of plants that includes: corn, beans, and squash. The corn acts as a pole for the beans to climb up and the beans provide nitrogen to the soil for the corn and squash. The squash covers the ground helping to keep moisture in the soil.

But those aren't the only companions for corn.
Amaranth, beans, cucumber, white geranium, lamb's quarters, melons, morning glory, parsley, peanuts, peas, potatoes, pumpkins, soybeans, squash, and sunflower are also companion plants for corn.

When growing corn you should keep in mind:
  • Corn needs nitrogen rich soil.
  • If planting rows they need to be at least 3 feet apart
  • Corn needs 1 inch of water a week
 To keep your corn and gardened watered you may want to look into watering hoses and sprinklers.

What are your tips for growing corn?

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