Garden design

fenix409(Zone 5)June 28, 2009

Just wondering if anyone would know--how close can various edible plants be placed together without them competing for water and root space? I'm think of putting in an edible garden (in addition to all my raspberries and blackberries) and was thinking of putting in some fruit trees along the edges (pear and apple probably) as well as something shorter (like blueberries) near their base, while still being able to pick the fruit trees. The area gets full sun all year long, though the trees will obviously create some shade.

Any tips for planning an edible garden? Thanks.

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golfngardennut(8 NW of San Antonio)

Personally, if you want to maximize output for space, I would go check out the Square Foot Gardening forum. As long as the water and nutrients are available, seems to me the major thing to worry about is cross polination...

    Bookmark   July 7, 2009 at 3:26PM
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Go for it!
Time will tell. The combination you have chosen seems reasonable as long as you keep up enough water and some basic nutrition, bearing in mind that blueberries are fussy about their soil, pH and adequate moisture. They don't mind a bit of shade from the hottest sun, but you had better prepare the right sort of bed for them.
Perhaps more important is to think about how you will prune and shape your trees in the space you have in order to manage pests, diseases and harvesting. Espalier is in fashion for good reason.

    Bookmark   July 8, 2009 at 8:41AM
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You've got a wonderful idea, make it happen and you'll see if if will become successful or not. Be sure that all of them are getting enough soil nutrients.

    Bookmark   July 22, 2009 at 3:46AM
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