Running out of garden space?

Discussion in 'Garden Tips And Talk' started by Kutter, Apr 23, 2006.

  1. Kutter

    Kutter New Member

    Arnold, MO
    Few gardeners have enough space for all they want to plant. Most of us can only curtail our ideas and plant what we can fit in there.
    Here’s an idea worth trying if you are cramped for space. Plant pole beans in with your corn. Let them grow up the stalk as the corn stalk grows taller. Actually, the beans you harvest are just icing on the cake. The best reason for planting them in with the corn is that all legumes, including pole beans, take nitrogen out of the air and put it into the ground where it can be used by other plants. Corn, naturally uses lots of nitrogen, usually needing more than the ground can provide for it. If you've even seen corn stalks with yellow streaks in their leaves, more often than not, it is from not getting enough nitrogen. This can cause the ears to not be as big or as full as their potential. Nitrogen does not last long in the soil. If you are a gardener that uses store-bought fertilizer, most of the nitrogen you add is gone within days. Beans add it to the soil every day throughout the summer.