Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Onions and Peas Planted Together

According to all of the companion plant charts that I've read, peas and onions absolutely should not be planted together.  

So I was bummed when I realized that I had planted a bunch of peas right next to where I had planted some onion starts.   Since half the peas were planted away from onions, I decided to leave them and see if onions and peas really don't get along.
The top pic is peas planted with onions. They're very happy. This pic is peas alone.  Poor sad things.  [Pics taken the very same day.]

Quite a difference.    I think it has nothing to do with the onions and plenty to do with the fact that I put lots of chicken dirt on that top bed.

We'll see about fruiting in a week or so, but so far, I think the taboo against planting peas and onions is bunk. 


  1. I kind of take some of the companion planting with a grain of salt, largely because there are so many lists and a few of them contradict each other. Some stuff holds true, but through ignorance or "let's just try it", I've discovered some stuff that just doesn't care.

    So far, good, healthy, living soil tends to buck a lot of the conventional wisdoms.

    Carrots are an exception. I have little success with carrots, period, but less when they share 12" with onions. I've done peas and onions together through ignorance, and didn't see any difference besides specific cultivars. Besides mafioso chives, carrots are the only thing I really watch with the alliums.
    My carrots are special and needy, anyway, though. :)

    I'm not brave enough to try to kill anything with fennel or dill, should you feel like running that experiment for us, too. :)

    1. Rebecca - I totally agree. It's the soil more than anything. I have dill that self sows with abandon in one bed. I've grown all sorts of other stuff there and never noticed a difference. Also, I don't have a lot of luck with fennel - which bums me because I love fennel gratin- but that's because of the rabbits. They find it and eat it to the ground in spite of all fencing.

    2. Pre-marinaded bunnies!
      *Big grin*


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