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08/05/2013 at 11:08

I am new to vegetable growing. I have grown some runner bean plants from seeds from last year. I wanted to know what plants can grow at the base of these? Would I be able to plant some courgettes?

thanks in advance

08/05/2013 at 11:12

Runners get very leafy and need all the food theycan get, I wouldn't plant anything under them. Courgettes get even more leafy and won't want to be under anything. It still amazes me how big everything grows in a month or two.

08/05/2013 at 11:15

thank you - that is very helpful

08/05/2013 at 12:03

You can grow lettuce there.  I do that for early lettuce crops whethe lettuce is ready but beans not ready for picking...still growing

08/05/2013 at 12:55

There is a combination of planting used by Natve Americans called the Three Sisters. The sisters are sweetcorn, climbing beans and cucurbits (squash, courgette, cucumber, melon etc.)  The beans climb up the sweetcorn, and the squash or whatever acts as a living mulch.

Never tried it myself, but this year I'm going to try courgettes in a raised bed, backed by climbing beans. Not sure about the sweetcorn yet.

If you google Three Sisters, you will find more detailed information

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