Potato Plant Companions: What Are The Best Companion Plants For Potatoes
In this article we will talk about companion plants for potatoes. If you are looking for other types of vegetables or fruits then please go to our Potato Plant Guide . You may also want to read about how to grow your own food.
Companion plants are often used for many reasons. They provide shade, they protect from pests and diseases, they improve soil fertility and aeration, they enhance the flavor of your produce, and most importantly they help with pest control! There are so many different kinds of companion plants available today that it’s hard to keep track of them all. Some companions have been around since before potato gardening became popular. Others were developed after the popularity of potatoes increased dramatically in recent years.
There are several different types of companion plants for potatoes. Some are edible, some aren’t, but all of them have their place in the garden. Let’s take a look at the best companion plants for potatoes!
Cucumber Companion Plants For Potatoes – How To Grow Them
These are two very common companion plants for potatoes. Cukes (Citrullus lanatus) and English cucumbers (Cucumis sativus). These plants are closely related, but have several differences. Cucumbers are vines that require lots of room to grow and produce fruit. They spread quickly and can overrun a garden if they are not kept in check.
They also have tendrils that help them climb when they reach the top of their support structure. They spread out and will send out roots along the ground. The easiest way to control them is to give each vine its own support structure.
Cucumbers can be eaten fresh. If allowed to mature, they can also be pickled or turned into other preserves.
The best companion plants for cukes are:
Onions – The sulfur in onions helps to keep away harmful fungal diseases from the cukes. They also repel some pests such as cutworms
Italian Medly Herbs – Marjoram, oregano, and thyme help repel pests. They also have a nice flavor that compliments the cukes.
Potatoes – The roots of the potato plants help keep the soil loose and aerated, which allows the cuke roots to spread without difficulty
Cabbage Companions – Cabbage companion plants are similar to cukes. They can be rotated through the garden to keep soil pH balanced.
Carrots – Carrots and cukes do not get along. They compete for nutrients and space. Carrots and cukes should never be planted in the same area.
Peas – Peas and cukes work well together. They don’t suffer any negative effects from growing near each other.
Beans and Cucumbers – These plants are both legumes. This means that they have the ability to add nitrogen to the soil. Cucumbers especially benefit from this. A side benefit is that the predatory nematodes also increase when these two plants are near each other. This prevents many types of fungal diseases from taking hold in your garden.
Two or three weeks before you plan on setting out the cukes, add a couple of shovels of manure or compost to the patch. Dig this in well. If you can get your hands on some horse manure then that is ideal, but cow, chicken, or rabbit manure will all do. You can also use compost. If you need to, you can substitute organic fertilizer such as [easy-garden-fertilizer] instead of animal manure, but it won’t have the same benefits and the cukes probably won’t be as sweet.
Plant your cukes about a foot apart and water them in well. You don’t want them to dry out, but don’t over water them either. Keeping the soil slightly damp is best.
To keep the cukes producing, you will need to provide some kind of support for them to grow on. A simple wooden stake will do. You can also just allow them to trail out from the pot they were planted in. Just be sure that they have something to climb on or they won’t produce as much.
Sources & references used in this article:
Great garden companions: a companion-planting system for a beautiful, chemical-free vegetable garden by SJ Cunningham – 2000 – books.google.com
Companion plants and how to use them by BMD Council – 2013 – … 44 (0) 1274 431000, council. contact …
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Companion Planting by L Riotte – 1998 – Storey Publishing
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