growing smaller greens under collards or kale?

naturetherapyOctober 24, 2013

Hello! If this is posted in the wrong place or what have you please let me know :)
I'm planning my vegetable garden for next year and I'm trying to find room for smaller greens like arugula, mizuna, tatsoi, mustard and lettuces and was wondering if I can plant them under other taller plants? I would just plant and see what happens but I'm running a workshare "farm" of sorts and need to do all I can to make sure everything grows.

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sunnibel7 Md 7(7)

Looking at my collards and kale now, it doesn't seem like a good idea- the large leaves of those plants go right out from the base and rest on the ground. What is you location (state or country), and when would you be planting/harvesting these? I started some arugala between the spent sweet corn stalks this year that did ok.

    Bookmark   October 24, 2013 at 2:46PM
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collards close canopy much better than kale. But I would not interplant either. Maybe interplant cabbage, which is slow, with something like lettuce, which is fast and gets out of there before cabbage close canopy too.

    Bookmark   October 24, 2013 at 3:02PM
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floral_uk z.8/9 SW UK

I interplant lettuce when the brassicas are first set out and are still small. But in my climate I can grow lettuce all summer. That may not be possible in hotter places. By the time the kale etc. is big I have harvested the lettuce.

    Bookmark   October 24, 2013 at 4:18PM
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nancyjane_gardener(Zone 8ish North of San Francisco in the "real" wine country)

I'm not sure where you are or how hot it gets? You also didn't mention if you want to grow these greens during the spring/summer/fall/winter?
I sometimes have luck growing some of the greens under a green bean "tent" to shade things during the summer. Other times it just gets too hot!I also have a shady area that those kinds of things do well in.
Most greens in my area (8ish, No CA) do great in the fall/winter/spring.
A little info would be great! Nancy

    Bookmark   October 24, 2013 at 9:22PM
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Sorry I didn't reply earlier! I couldn't find my post :( We're in the niagara region of southern ontario. I'll be planting both as soon as possible in the spring. Not sure when exactly because the may 24 rule doesn't seem ideal anymore lol

    Bookmark   January 11, 2014 at 8:17PM
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seysonn(8a WA/HZ 1)

I second lettuce, mini bok choy scalions, corn salad....

    Bookmark   January 12, 2014 at 12:38AM
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