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Hello everyone! I hope all is well. I have a question on companion planting. How much is too much? This year I planted nasturtiums in the same bed I had also planted lettuce and beets throughout the bed. Then against a vertical trellis I made a had beans and peas growing. Once the peas were done I planted Mexican sour gherkins. My lettuce suffered in the summer greatly and I think it was the heavy rain we got this year and the nasturtiums vines just were very damp and almost soggy looking. The flowers did beautifully and spread out so much. They were not hurt at all. The lettuce I had started however did. Last year my lettuce did soooo good with the strawberries, but due to crop rotation they were placed somewhere else.

But like I asked earlier…how much is too much? Did I overdo this bed? We’re the plant choices wrong for this setup? 8 know the rain was a big culprit here, but I kinda felt the nasturtiums were too much for the lettuce. Any thoughts? Thank you!
 
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If the bed was planted so thickly that you feel it negatively affected light, air flow, and root development, then yes, leave more space between your plants. Though I have seen and grown some thickly planted beds that have done very well. If your primary goal is a large crop, then companion plants will take space away from that goal, but I do enjoy seeing flowers in a vegetable garden.

Whether growing any specific companion plants will prevent disease, or attract more pollinators is debatable. Still, growing a wide variety of plants does lessen the disease and pest problems that occur with monocultures. Even mixing up the arrangement your different vegetable crops can help with this.
 

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Companion plantings can be very effective. From your description it does not sound like it was overdone...but a picture or two would have helped.
 
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Sorry. Here you go… this is now, but the nasturtiums pretty much did that all season lol
 

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Are there lettuce and beets under there? If so, then yes, that would be too much Garden Nasturtium vine (Tropaeoleum majus). The lettuce (Lactuca sativa) and beets (Beta vulgaris) would not receive enough light in this situation.
 
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Yes there were in the beginning of the season. I figured the nasturtiums were just not the right fit for this design.
 

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