Companion planting has a long and documented history. While there has yet to be any serious scientific research into whether companion planting actual works the anecdotal evidence is intriguing. There are as many companion planting combinations as there are garden plants so the choices can be daunting. I wanted to narrow it down a little bit by talking about cucumber and what companions are suitable for them.
Radishes are a quick growing early planted crop that pairs quite well with cucumbers. They do a couple things that really work well with cucumbers. The season that they can grow in starts quite early, much earlier than you can start hot sun loving cucumbers. So you can grow and harvest a crop of radishes before you transplant a cucumber seedling. The radishes will leave the soil loose and well worked easy for cucumber roots to penetrate.
What else the radishes do is that they repel the cucumber beetle which can wreak all sorts of havoc on your cucumbers. In some regions you can even underseed a crop of radishes towards the end of the season of the cucumber and get a third crop from the same garden plot.
Hello my name is Josh Larson and I am the creator of the Green Living Library. Here on the blog you will find updates to content found in the Green Living Library as well as stories from those living the sustainable life already.