interplanting broc and onions?

raquibirdMarch 26, 2012

I always grow my onions (not scallions) in a bed by themselves. Might there be any fighting for room if I transplanted broccoli into the space between the onions?

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I did that last year and it worked ok for me. The onions didn't actually take up that much room, but the broccoli got really big, so if you want to do it, make sure there's lots of space for the broccoli. It also tends to spread out leaves and block the light from nearby plants. I also put broccoli in my sq foot garden (1 plant per square) and I think it was still too big. The neighboring squares were shaded from the sun and the spinach grew very poorly until I took the broccoli out.

    Bookmark   March 26, 2012 at 3:19AM
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I grow my main crop of onions in their own bed so I can spoil them, but I often stick sets in the ground between broccoli, cabbage, etc. But I think my most successful interplant ever was with Salad Bowl lettuce about 8 inches out from the base of the broccoli plant. Allowing a wide, heat-resistant leaf lettuce to fill the space between brocs cut down on weeding and both crops prospered.

    Bookmark   March 26, 2012 at 7:41AM
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    Bookmark   March 26, 2012 at 9:08AM
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Thanks much. I didn't think about the fact that of course the onions need the sunshine on them, and the broc will shade them. So I'll just keep to growing lettuces in the onion bed. A brag: the garlic crop I harvested last year - about 70 bulbs - were all grown from the cloves from the year before. Looks like I fixed the preferences page - thank you.
I would like to show a pic of our root cellar with all the lovely garlic braids hanging there (braided by me...). How might I do that?
Thanks again.

    Bookmark   March 27, 2012 at 1:35AM
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I put broccoli about 12 inches apart, then filled in with garlic & onions(I have been told not to plant onions & garlic together, too easy for the bad bugs to find both).
I still had some room so I seeded turnips.
We had ONE night at 19 degree F & it killed my broccoli.
But the onions, garlic are doing fine in the turnip patch.

    Bookmark   March 27, 2012 at 5:43PM
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Jolj: the shading of the garlic and onions by the groc wasn't a problem? My garlic bed is 4X8, and there's plenty of room for broc, but my concern is the shading of the garlic. (And I can't see why onions and garlic couldn't be planted together - the bad bugs are terrified of both garlic and onions) What variety of broc did you plant?
And do you happen to know how to post a picture?

    Bookmark   March 27, 2012 at 6:30PM
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Broccoli and onions is a bad idea, because the broccoli are so tall and shade the onions, which requires full sun. Onions and spinach, onion and lettuce, onion and radish, onion and beets all work, with my favorite being the lettuce because it is a good living mulch and does not mind a bit of shade.

    Bookmark   March 27, 2012 at 10:44PM
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