Note to Self: Don’t Do That Again

| 6/23/2013 4:07:34 PM

The garden planner utility I use says that potatoes and beans are excellent companion plants.  So I decided this year to let these cohabitate in their boxes.  To maximize the companion planting benefits I planted them in a checkerboard fashion in each box.  Seemed like a good idea at the time.

And it started off pretty well, but in one box, the potato vines took off and took over.  Soon I was hard pressed to find the bean plants at all.   

Beans n Taters 1 

When I pulled the taters aside to look for beans, nearly all of the bean plants had been smothered out.  The potatoes are doing GREAT, but the beans… well, this box will not be producing beans this year.

Beans n Taters 2 

In another box I planted the beans earlier than the potatoes and they got enough of a head start that they’re holding their own.  But then, these were *supposed* to be bush beans (like the other box) but turned out to be pole beans that are climbing all over the potatoes.  I’ll need to install poles for them to dance on so they don’t molest the taters.