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In the UK, when Brassica cultivars were grown with (50 cm. apart or less) taxonomically unrelated plants, (for example, legumes, tomatoes, dill, lettuce) cabbage root fly (Delia brassicae) and cabbage aphid (Brevicoryne brassicae) damage was significantly reduced (Tukahirwa & Coaker, 1982).

This year I will be trying kale, potatoes, garlic, Calamintha, verbena, and Senecio, growing in large pots together. What are you growing ?

A Kalcannon Recipe

Potatoes and Kale. Chop potatoes (Yukon Gold variety, with a few Purple thrown in is good) in chunks, remove skin or not. Simmer in water until soft. Shred kale very thinly; add to potatoes, and cook just a few minutes until kale is just softened. Mash all together. Add salt and butter to taste. Shredded White Cheddar is also a good topping.


Altieri, M.A. & S. Gliessman. 1983. Effects of Plant Diversity and Herbivory of the Flea Beetle, Phyllotreta cruciferae Goeze, in California collard (Brassica oleracea) Cropping Systems. Crop Protection. 2:4. 497-501.

Coaker, T.H. 1980. Insect Pest Management in Brassica Crops by Inter-Cropping. Bulletin SROP. 3. 117-125.

Oseko J.K., M.O. Abukutsa Onyango & J.C. Onyango. Performance of African Kale (Brassica carinata) to Intercropping With Other Indigenous Vegetables. IN Isutsa et al. (Eds). 2002. Proceedings of the Fifth Workshop on Sustainable Horticultural Production in the Tropics. Nov. 23-26, 2005. Egerton University, Njoro, Kenya.

Phillips, P.A. (UC Farm Advisor, Ventura, CA 93003) Diamondback Moth: A Key Pest of Cruciferous Crops. cesantabarbara.ucanr.edu/files/75293.pdf

Sarker, P.K., M.M. Rahman & B.C. Das. 2007. Effect of Intercropping Mustard With Onion & Garlic on Aphid Population & Yield. J. bio-sci. 15. 35-40.

Talekar, N.S., S.T. Lee & S.W. Huang. 1988. Intercropping and Modification of Irrigation Method for the Control of Diamondback Moth. AVRDC, Shanua, Tainan, Taiwan, ROC. eap.mcgill.ca/CPCM_3.htm

Theunissen, J., C.J.H. Booij, G. Schelling, & J. Noorlander. 1992. Intercropping White Cabbage With Clover. Bulletin OILB/SROP. 15: 4. 104-114.

Tukahirwa, E.M. & T.H. Coaker. 1982. Effect of Mixed Cropping on Some Insect Pests of Brassicas......... Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata. 32: 129-140.

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