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Also called intercropping, this is the technique of growing two or more plants close together, because they do not compete with each other, or are mutually beneficial. Sounds easy, but in actual practice it is very difficult. You really have to be an experienced gardener, with a somewhat scientific knowledge base, to properly interplant crops. For instance, you have to have an understanding of the root structure of the various crops that you will be interplanting, the size, shape and nutrient needs of each plant, the amount of sun and shade it needs, the size and shape of its roots and leaves, its growth rate and time to maturity, among other things.

The good thing about interplanting it that it tends to confuse the bugs, as they zero in on plants by their smell glands, and with all of the various smells being produced by interplanting, the insects can get confused very quickly. Interplanted gardens tend to be very healthy and experience few disease problems.

Planting Tomatoes And Lettuce Together The tomato plant loves sun but the lettuce plant needs some shade. Plant a tomato plant to the south of the lettuce plant and have the tomato plant somewhat shade the lettuce plant.

Planting Carrots And Beets Together The carrot plant has deep roots but the beet has shallow roots. The carrot grows slowly but the beet grows quickly.

Planting Brussel Sprouts and Radishes Together The brussels sprout is a long growing season plant, but the radish is quick growing. The radish will be picked and eaten long before the brussels sprout plant has time to overwhelm the small radish.

Planting Corn And Beans Together The corn plant is a heavy feeder but the bean plant can build up the soil. Plant these two together to complement each other.

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