[NAFEX] of raspberries and peas
marillen at earthlink.net
Mon Jun 29 06:04:01 EDT 2009
On balance, the benefits probably outweigh the disease/ pest risks for most combinations of annual veggies & fruit crops.
Of course, tall, heavy feeders, like corn would be out. Solanaceous crops like tomatoes can harbor some nasty diseases that attack Rubus.
Lush crops like peas (Pisum sativum in case anyone objects to that common name) can harbor massive aphid populations which can then migrate to the fruit crops unless one has a very good population of predators ready to handle the extra pest load. I once interplanted Austrian winter peas as a cover crop for my orchard and, after mowing down the mature pea vines, had the worst aphid infestation that I've seen in the last 30 years.
With those caveats, I think it's a great idea. With a judicious choice of veggie companions, & a healthy population of beneficials, you'll be pleased with the results.
'Gutherie' plums, Wilder Early pears and peaches ripening.
>From: fuwa fuwa usagi <fuwafuwausagi at muchomail.com>
>Sent: Jun 27, 2009 9:13 PM
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>Subject: [NAFEX] of raspberries and peas
>Well after 15 years of traveling out of sate each and every week, and 2.9 Million air mile slogged, the fluffy one is now home on a fairly regular basis. And those my eyes are bigger than my stomach in terms of what I would like to do, I am limited by my city lot size.
>To that end I have started to get an interest in inter cropping fruit and vegetables. My first experiment has been planting snow peas (Super Sugar Snap for those who care on the North side of my everbearing raspberries (cut to the ground in spring) in a row oriented east to west. It seems to work fine. However I am worried about introducing disease etc to the soil and am wondering what people' thoughts son this are, and if you have particular combinations you have tried (maybe onions planted between strawberries?)
>Once again I am looking for the things I would not want to mix because of disease potential and any possible synergistic effect si might get.
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