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I was wondering if garlic and potatoes would make good companion plants or if that doesn't make much sense. I have a bed of garlic and some potatoes stalks are sprouting out that were left in the ground from last season's harvest. There are not many and I could just take them out, but thought if they could work together I would just leave them.
I could also dig them out and move them to the other side of the bed, which has nothing I planted in it. Do Potatoes transplant well?

On another note, how do people like to prepare beds that they will plant a potato patch in. what green mulches, or aged mulches do people like to use and what companion plants have done well with potatoes. Yay, all things potatoes here I guess. Potatoes and garlic in the oven go great together!
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ellie acorn wrote:Do Potatoes transplant well?

Very well.
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Some days ago Nicole Alderman posted some really cool charts on companion planting over in the permaculture forum. Here's the link: https://permies.com/t/45192/companion-plants-reviving-dead-soil#627811

I looked over the charts, and none of them suggest garlic and potatoes as companion plants. That doesn't mean it can't be done or you can't give it a try.
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Last year, when I was planning my first potato bed, I asked about companion plants.

Chris Kottt mentioned that he uses marigolds, horseradish, and garlic https://permies.com/t/70572/Permie-potato-beds#590668

  To this I added horseradish, which I have heard smells like sadness and death to potato predators, and garlic, because, well, garlic, as well as some French marigolds.


I have read that horseradish is the best pest-deterrent for potato pests of all sizes, and that yields of each crop increase if they are companion planted. Also, I love garlic, but I honestly think that if you need pest deterrence, find the smelliest allium variety you can use. And I use French marigolds everywhere because of their strong insecticidal properties, but I tend to keep them to the perimeters and switch to weaker varieties if I notice a drop in the worm population (French and African(I think) marigolds are so toxic to some soil biota that you can overdo it, so be aware).

I haven't tried the horseradish yet, nor the garlic (as I didn't have any), but I did try some onion starts. They didn't seem to care for being with the potatoes, and often got burried by my hilling up with mulch, even though I tried to be careful.

I'm thinking that whether or not garlic does well with potatoes depends on how you plant the potatoes. If you're hilling them up two feet like I did, the garlic might not care for that. TJ Jefferson also mentioned in my thread that his garlic doesn't seem to do well in wood chip mulch. I haven't grown normal garlic sucessfully, but the only time I've had sucess with elephant garlic (a type of leek) was when I planted it with lots of aged woodchips...which is also how my mom grows hers, and hers grow really well. So, whether or not the garlic does well with potatoes might depend on the type of garlic, as well as how you grow your potatoes.
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