Plant Combinations NOT recommeded.

What are some Veg. combinations that should not be planted together? I'm planning a garden with: sweet and hot peppers, eggplants, tomatoes, carrots, green and red onions, bush and pole beans, basil, swiss chard, cabbage, brussel sprouts, broccoli, assorted leaf lettuces, artichokes, coriander, dill, marigolds, zinnias,snow peas. I think that's about all I have on my list, I know everything will not be growing at the same time. I also need to know what grows best direct sow or transplants?
Submitted by BHGPhotoContest

You don’t have a lot on your list that can’t grow well together. The hot and sweet peppers could cross-pollinate and surprise you, but I’ve never had any trouble with that. Your peppers, tomatoes, carrots, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, and broccoli are long-season crops that will take a long time to mature – probably all summer. The snow peas are a very early crop and should be planted out early in the season. Exactly when to plant will depend on the date of the last frost in your area. Other gardeners or your county extension service can help with that if you don’t already know.



As far as direct seeding vs. transplants, snow peas, carrots, leaf lettuce, dill, coriander, marigolds, zinnias, basil, and the beans will do just fine being direct seeded in the garden. The rest should be set out as transplants. You can start them inside yourself or buy plants at your local garden center or big box stores.



We’ve heard that veggie gardening is going to be really, really popular this year, so if you’re looking for transplants, shop early.



For information on growing each of the plants you’ve mentioned, go over to www.bhg.com/gardening/plant-dictionary or click on the Plant Encyclopedia button on any page in the new garden channel and seach for each one.



Thanks for writing.



david

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