[Market-farming] Bush Beans on Black Plastic Mulch

Allan Balliett allan.balliett at gmail.com
Thu Jul 12 20:52:30 EDT 2012


Hey, thanks for this, tip!

How would you plant these? If I'm using the plastic mulch, just seed
the summer savory in the same hole??

Thanks

_Allan

PS You folks in Palmyra must be awfully proud of Mr Romney!

On Thu, Jul 12, 2012 at 3:20 PM,  <clearviewfarm at bluefrog.com> wrote:
> Allan
>
> You may want to try summer savory as a companion plant for beans.  It is reputed to repel bean beetles.
>
> http://counties.cce.cornell.edu/chemung/agriculture/publications/companion-planting.pdf
>
> Kurt Forman
> Clearview Farm
> Palmyra, NY 14522
> Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
>
> --- wshoemak at illinois.edu wrote:
>
> From: "Shoemaker, William H" <wshoemak at illinois.edu>
> To: Market Farming <market-farming at lists.ibiblio.org>
> Subject: Re: [Market-farming] Bush Beans on Black Plastic Mulch
> Date: Thu, 12 Jul 2012 16:39:33 +0000
>
> Allan
>
> Think of the 3/hole as a hill planting system. They really won't compete any more than 1/3" because they each have a similar resource base. They'll find a way to share space and produce a similar crop, but you will find it easier to plant. I was involved in looking at such systems for various crops years ago, and we found the yeilds tend to be similar. The impact is how each system affects management. In your case, you might find it easier to make a hole every 12". It will probably be safer for the plastic mulch as well.
>
> You might consider planting most of your beans one way, then have a short row the other way just to compare.
>
> Bill
> William H. Shoemaker
> University of Illinois, Crop Sciences
> St Charles Horticulture Research Center
> 535 Randall Road, St Charles, IL  60174
> 630-584-7254, wshoemak at illinois.edu
>
> ________________________________________
> From: market-farming-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org [market-farming-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org] on behalf of Allan Balliett [allan.balliett at gmail.com]
> Sent: Thursday, July 12, 2012 10:56 AM
> To: Market Farming
> Subject: [Market-farming] Bush Beans on Black Plastic Mulch
>
> I was just getting ready to put some of Johnny's"Jumbo" bush beans on
> black plastic with drip irrigation.
>
> I'm getting mixed information on how to do this.
>
> Johnny's is telling me to put the plants every two inches (1 seed)
> (this is from a consultation phone call). University recommendations
> have been for 3 plants spaced 12 inches in the rows (rows 15 inches
> apart)
>
> the 3 inches apart seems so TEDIOUS for planting and 3 plants a whole
> (no thinning recommended) seems like it's won't work.
>
> I'm wondering what's worked for folks on this list.
>
> Also, my last planting of beans has been hit pretty hard by bean
> beetles, inspite of weekly spraying with pyrethreum  I'm wondering if
> anyone is having luck controlling bean beetles (for example: is that
> bean beetle bT still off the market?)
>
> Thanks
>
> _Allan in WV where the heatwave is coming back next wk
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