Growing fruit and vegetables

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    Hi there can anyone give me advice about what plants I can grow together,i have strawberries raspberries peas brussel sprouts carrots potatoes,i am hearing some can't be beside each other as I'm new to all this I could do with some advice please.
     
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    Hi @sweetiex :)

    I am no expert, but I would keep your rasps separate from everything else purely because they are a bit thuggish. I started off with five canes, and two years on have so many they are like a hedge - they have even popped up in neighbouring borders.

    Whereabouts in the Scottish Borders are you, if you don't mind me asking? I hail from Dumfries originally.

    The spuds and carrots should be OK next to each other, and I can't think of any reason why you couldn't have the others alongside either - although, you might want to keep the sprouts separate to make them easier to cover with netting to keep the cabbage white flutterbys away.
     
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      Hiya we are staying in the duns area it's beautiful here.

      Thanks for the advice my head is all over the place with the internet,currently we have a small area bordered off from the rest of the large garden,this had 3 crowns of rhubarb we have kept one and recycled the other two to my dad,we have put nice new soil down and planted the strawberries and peas together,just need advice to the rest I think it might look like the potatoes carrots raspberries go down the other side of the garden,we are very new to this we need help were are the fruit and veg guys?
       
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        When you say
        do you actually mean mixed up in the same bed?
        That will not work, peas get very tall and will swamp the strawberries.

        There is no problem in growing them alongside each other but all the veggies you mentioned need their own space.

        Strawberries and raspberries are long term plants and need space, you probably wont't get much from them this season.

        Peas should ideally go to the North of smaller crops like carrots so they don't block out the sun.

        Potatoes need loads of space.

        B Sprouts take up a lot of space and get large for a long period but very rewarding in the long term

        Good luck!
         
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          Yes in the same bed they were planted together a few days ago,there are only a few plants we are just playing around with them until we get the hang of this gardening and growing.

          I have tried to upload a pic of them but I'm told there are a few errors as I'm a newbie I think that is the case.

          We have a large back garden which we are currently working hard on it's been a nightmare,the plans are to put it back to a lawn again with a few separate areas for growing.

          We know potatoes have to be planted away from the strawberries,so a small area has been bordered off just outside the back of our house were the straws and peas are,we are waiting on our shed being erected and was suggested by my dad to put the potatoes at the back of that,this will be bottom end of the garden so I'm beginning to think potatoes sprouts peas carrots together,i've been given information from the internet strawberries and raspberries have to be separate as well and one of the plants is a loganberry which is a naughty one so my husband tells me.
           
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            Generally you'd have your fruit in a separate bed to the veg, mainly as veg involves soil disturbance and fruit is a more permanent type of planting.

            You can divide veg into a 5 year rotation to prevent disease build up and soil depletion.

            So in one bed you'd have legumes - such as peas and beans. Next bed would have brassicas - cabbage family, next roots - beetroot, carrots, parsnips.

            Then onions - garlic, leeks etc.

            and finally potato family - spuds, tomatoes and peppers.

            Some veg doesn't fit into a rotation - Rhubarb and asparagus are long term plantings.

            Each year you just move the different sets of stuff into the next bed :)
             
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              Raspberries have shallow roots that will be disturbed if planting/digging up other stuff amongst them. They also send out runners below ground, so unless using a root barier will spread into adjoining crops. The runers can be dug up to increase stock, but if strawberries are beside them will cause difficulty in getting them dug out, unlike crops that will be finished and gone by autumn.
               
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                Duns is a lovely part of the country (I have been to the Jim Clark museum there many a time), and not all that far from where my lovely mum lives (Musselburgh). I have a feeling that your rasps will do better than your strawberries, just knowing the climate you have - Scottish raspberries are the best for a reason :)

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                  Strawberries and raspberries both attract a lot of weeds too as difficult to weed in between once really going.. They both send out runners.. Strawberries easy to control, raspberry one not so easy.. I get the odd one come up in my tunnel from next door..!! Not welcome there...

                  Potatoes need a lot of space as the tops get very big and they are very hungry and thirsty..

                  Sprouts are in the ground a long time before you harvest.

                  carrots are fine, but be careful of carrot fly if close planting.. All veg need at least 12" between rows is a good analogy

                  Peas yummy but will also need room and light as they grow and of course support water and feed...

                  Have fun we are all always learning and we all make mistakes the best way to learn:SUNsmile:
                   
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                    DSC_1325.JPG Here's a pic of the patch we are growing our strawberries and peas in there used to be two crowns of rhubarb in there and onions,we are going to put netting over soon to protect them from the birds,let's see if the photo appears this time :whistle:
                     
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                      Looks good to me @sweetiex

                      Is the area behind going to be a lawn?
                       
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                        Yes I'm trying to drag over some more pics but it's not happening for me too big :gaah:
                         
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                        Download Paint.net (it is absolutely free and works a treat!) and that will allow you to easily resize your pictures
                         
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                          The eyesore of a garden with no fencing or boundary this took lot's of digging and a few shots of the rotavator what a nightmare!
                           
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                          Is that all yours back to the wall, or is yours the dug over area?
                           
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