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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


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.

thank you - that is very helpful

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


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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